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

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Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes!
• Posted by: Tim Perrine   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, March 19, 2001, at 10:28 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes! (Brendan Anderson)

> 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.

They can use it- but they'll stir up the same controversy that Horner has. The theme from Schindler's List is credited as "Theme from Schindler's List" by John Williams. Not "Obscure Jewish Folk Song" by Anonymous. It doesn't matter how much Williams' theme is based on that song, it still is his own composition. It's immensely famous- and thus makes Horner look like a gigantic ass for adapting the theme to his score. And besides, while I haven't seen the film, does Judaism actually play a large role in the film? I'm willing to bet that Horner admires the Schindler's List theme and was waiting for an opportunity to use it as a major theme in one of his scores. If you'll listen to other post-Schindler's List Horner scores like Titanic, you'll find that he has used that theme in passing... Wait, a second, were Jack and Rose Jewish?? Oh, yeah, that's why he used it...

> 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...

Oh yeah. I'm totally off-base aren't I? Horner has never stole from other composers in the past, and he most certainly has never turned in a score that could by deemed by the masses as being totally lazy and uninspired. Also, I'm not Jewish, but I have a feeling that there's more to Judaism's musical heritage than the theme from Schindler's List and the Dreidle Song... I bet I could've found a worthy alternative after an hour of research at USC's music library.

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