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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: Wayneoon
• Date: Thursday, April 12, 2001, at 11:21 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Schindler's? No. History? Yes! (Chris Tilton)

> Actually, I really agree with you on this one. To be honest, Goldsmith
> scores that I actually like are very far and few between. He uses the same
> crap over and over again and it is extremely unintersting to listen to.
> Oh, another generic French Horn theme with Percussion and Strings hitting
> short chords on the downbeats. Yippee...

Just want to drop my 2 cents worth. Being a composer myself, albeit not as great as those composers who are earning more than anyone of you out there combined, I must say, each and every composer has its own period where ideas and new inspirations are lacking. My best guess in this case, Horner was probably experimenting on the tune which he might have "borrowed" or "taken" and probably decides to create a variation of it. Remember Rachmaninoff who did a variation on a theme by Paganini? Or even certain rappers that took music from Edvard Grieg ( Morning from Peer Gynt Suite) or from Alexander Borodin (Polovtsian Dances). I think nobody or should I say far and few remarks were thrown to them about borrowing these tunes, public domain or not.

The fact is music is just music, it's when humans start to realise that they want to claim ownership of these stuff that everyone starts to hammer each other about who's being better.. I wonder did anyone claimed ownership to "Greensleeves" ?

Granted that there are people out there that don't like Horner's music. Granted, there are people out there that loved Horner's music. Everyone has their unique opinion and that's the most beautiful thing about us being human. There is no need to bash each other. Don't forget this movie potrays the horrors of war. Are we all going to be at war with each other because of difference of opinion? I certainly hope not.

Finally, all the composers from William to Horner to Goldsmith to Zimmer to Menken to Silvestri, they have their own style and they are good at what they are at. So, let's just give it to them. Perhaps we should try writing our own music, if we don't like the music they write

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