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Comments about the soundtrack for Gladiator (Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard)

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Re: ever heard of the planets
• Posted by: Jeremy Johnson   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, August 31, 2001, at 7:57 p.m.
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• In Response to: ever heard of the planets (Alex)

Yes it may be true that Zimmer uses themes from Mars in the Gladiator sound track, but what does it matter? Mars, as you know, is the roman god of war and the whole picture is about war and killing and stuff. By the way, many film composers borrow themes from other music to use as their own, I believe John Williams is the worst about doing this. But don't try and hear the theme the composer borrowed, try and hear what that person does with it. I think you will agree that Zimmer does an excellent job with his use of the Mars theme. I listened to Mars and Track 3 on the gladiator CD and can not hear any direct quotes. I will agree that it is very Mars-like but I suggest you get a score of mars and study it to see if you are correct or not. Mars is in 5/4 and track 3 on the Gladiator CD is in 3/4. That means every five bars the two pieces should line up but that would make the track on the Gladiator CD about 15 minutes long, which it is not. The main thing to remember is that in a movie the music is there to help the story along, and Zimmer does this rather well. As a composer and arranger I can tell you that somewhere in your works, wether you know it or not, you will find something that sounds like somebody elses music. There's nothing wrong with that. Look at who's music you like the most and you might find something of that composer's music influenceing you. I know that this holds true for some of my own works.

Jeremy Johnson

p.s.--Even if he did borrow directly from Mars, Hans Zimmer has more money than you or I ever will.

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