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Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes!
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• Posted by: Brendan Anderson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, March 19, 2001, at 9:32 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes! (Tim Perrine)

> So, by your logic, can Jerry Goldsmith take Williams' Star Wars theme and
> use it in the next Star Trek film? Like Star Wars, the Star Trek
> characters are in space AND audiences associate Star Wars with space.

No that doesn't follow from my logic because the Star Wars theme is not a folksong (contrary to what pop culture probably regaurds it as by now ). Folksongs are public domain...just because one composer uses it in a composition or film score first doesn't mean that now NOBODY can use it. Horner had every right to use the folktune and shouldn't be ridiculed for it. Besides, apart from the descending 5ths, Horner's use of the tune was different: with a different chord structure and different orchestration.

> There are plenty of other Jewish folk songs
> that Horner could have used to achieve the same effect- but apparently
> Horner is more concerned with counting his money than going out and doing
> actual research.

Now, why do you have to go assume things like that? You don't know any more than I do why Horner chose the music he did, and until you do, it's not right to go making those kind of accusations...and what other widely known folksong would you have Horner use? The Dradle song wouldn't have exactly fit...


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