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Comments about the soundtrack for Enemy at the Gates (James Horner)

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Re: Can you say rip off?
• Posted by: Dan Sartori   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, December 16, 2001, at 9:51 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Can you say rip off? (Emily)

> You are crazy. The two scores are only very different if you are tone
> deaf! In my opinion, it was a total rip off. I can hardley believe that
> Homer would do it intentionally. I can only hope that he had the theme
> stuck in his head, and thought this was the only way he could release it.
> John Williams should sue.

If John Williams sued, he would have to sue himself. I find it ridiculous to say that Horner steals from Williams. He doesn't have to; Braveheart is the best soundtrack ever created anyways, so he doesn't need to compete. And even so, music is not about competition, it's about creating great art that moves people. Just because two passages of music sound similar doesn't mean that they are copied from one another. Let's face it: most boys choir music sounds quite similar, but that doesn't mean that every piece is a ripoff of the one before it. A boys choir adds a unique flavor to any score that calls for that specific sound, and there are numerous scores (both by Horner and Williams, as well as other composers) that make extensive use of it. Williams repeats themes just like Horner does, and he frankly "steals" Horner's music just as much.

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