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Don't take it too heavy!
• Posted by: MSM
• Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at 8:50 a.m.
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• In Response to: I apologize! I'm taking my Friday's post back. (Roman Dlouhý)

Hi guys!

I think it's time for a posting by me; sorry I haven't been on this specific page for some time so please don't see me as a coward who says something and withdraws after .

I read you're response and concluded that it really bothered you what I posted. I would really like to apologize for my way of expression. It was provoking to question if you heard music for the first time. But, needless to say, of course I knew it was not really the first time you heard music, and my statement should've been rather interpreted as a metaphor, and should therefore not have offended you as much as it apparently did. But it did, and I am sorry for that.
The only thing I wanted was a sharp discussion on the comparing you made, but I admit, my way of saying was probably too emotional and therefore not the right way for making my intention clear.

Still, if I have the right , I don't agree with you as to the resemblance. The background of my remark lies in the fact that I thoroughly know the music and the compositional styles of John Williams. On the basis of what I know, I can say that the HP theme crucially differs from the Schindler's List theme, at least technically seen: the rhythm is quite different (like you say yourself, an other meter), the descending intervals are thirds in HP and fifths in SL, the tonality differs, the instrumentation differs greatly (a huge tutti in HP against a solo violin in SL) and after at most the first two measures the themes definitely diverge. Maybe you say those are tiny differences, but to me those differences mean a great difference in emotional content (HP more waltz-like as a mysterious dance, SL more real, stately and solemn). I just can't see why you say the two themes sound the same, maybe you can tell me what you think of my statements.

Thank you for sharing your c.v. with us, I must say that it is quite impressive! You must be proud to be related to Stravinsky and Copland, two of my most favourite composers! By the way, I'm a musician too (a violinist to be more precise, namely a musical grandson of Yehudi Menuhin, so to speak, and besides a relative of quite a famous cellist ), and do have some knowledge about music myself.

The thing I really didn't wanted to be the perpetrator of was a quarrel, which I almost caused, as I read. It has been a great pleasure discussing classical music and film music (especially Williams') with Roman, and I am certain this can and will be great with you too henceforward.


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