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I apologize! I'm taking my Friday's post back.
• Posted by: Roman Dlouhý   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, May 20, 2002, at 6:57 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Dan, you're better off sticking to LOTR sc... (Dan Sartori)


I'd been quite cranked up on Friday and so I'd managed to engender that in-no-way aforethought post. I would like to apologize for it being what it was now.

Sure we are all entitled to our opinions; so am I and are you as well. Although I still disagree with some points as you presented them in your posts --those regarding Harry Potter score music--, I respect you as a person and a poster just as much as I have a respect for all the earnest movie music fans and classical music fans (performers ) in general, without all of whom the site wouldn't be the same.

I personally don't consider Harry Potter score to be the Williams' ever-finest achievement, but I do like it so much that I couldn't do without it. It may not be a so-called "work of art" (I have no musical education and the only thing I am aware of is that there possibly ARE 8 basic notes, so I can't tell much about quality), but I couldn't care less and I love the score. Sure, harry Potter reminds me of some other Williams' scores even as to its orchestration, but this is the advantage rather than a groundbreaking drawback. This is why it's easy to distinguish Williams' works among others.

Dan, this is what perhaps puts the wall between us, the differentiating opinion, but it's natural to dissent and I myself wouldn't be any keen in Williams' coming up with something (musically) different or innovative with each new score to which he would have given birth. If there's something he does great (fans can testify to it at concerts by applauding), something that can be easily recognized and rewardingly accepted by audience, I think there's possibly nothing wrong about "sounding the same" on occasion. If I want a difference, I go listen to Jerry Goldsmith, Miklós Rózsa, Bernard Herrmann and others and everything works fine with me.

If there would be too much diversity in John Williams' music that would make it harder to connect with Williams persona (such attempts by the composer could not have been more evident with scores like "Heartbeeps" or "Sleepers"), I doubt there would be any need for as many composers as there are nowadays to be found. That's why there are so many of them to "stumble upon". They all somewhat "stick to" their styles and it makes them distinguishable, likable if you want. I don't find it casting me down and I don't thing it would be the case with you. I also don't think that occasionally returning to the same waters --again as what concerns orchestration or stylization of chord progression-- is not what can debase the value of music John writes, I mean as long as it is good enough to impress and stir up the good in us. But when it fails to impress, that'd be another chapter I wouldn't like to open here since the Harry Potter score isn't the case with me and "Sleepers" has no forum enabled.

Thanks for that you apparently haven't allowed for my Friday's post to make you be browned off at me so much or something. You're nice!

(I mostly DO agree with you about Horner's scores. I have read all I could find at other pages on this site that belongs to you. Keep it up. And again, I apologize and I mean my apology!)


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