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Re: Harry Potter track 2: the Jurassic Park wannabe
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• Posted by: Amuro
• Date: Saturday, April 5, 2003, at 9:20 a.m.
• IP Address: 12-222-158-77.client.insightbb.com
• In Response to: Re: Harry Potter track 2: the Jurassic Park wa... (Dan Sartori)

How can you say that "the opening of HP is exactly the
What do you
> know about

> You are the type of person, MSM, that I have a very difficult time
> respecting, and your comment only helps to reinforce that. I will give you
> my musical credentials so you can decide for yourself whether or not this
> is the first time I've listened to music in my life. I am a 19 year old
> college freshman who has been studying the trombone for 8 years. I am a
> music education major at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Although
> trombone is my primary instrument, I am also a drummer, euphoniumist,
> pianist, singer, and aspiring guitarist, as well as a songwriter and
> soundtrack enthusiast. I have been a member of the 2000 Wisconsin State
> Music Association High School State Honors Band, 2000 Wisconsin National
> Band Association All-State Band, and the prestigious Milwaukee Youth
> Symphony Orchestra, where I held the principal trombonist position in
> Junior Winds Ensemble (1997-98), Philharmonia (1998-99), and Senior
> Symphony (1999-2001). I have received the UW-Green Bay Summer Band Camp
> scholarship twice (1998 and 1999), Outstanding Soloist at 1999 Stevens
> Point Jazz Clinic, WSMA Solo and Ensemble Scholarship (2001), John Philip
> Sousa Band Award, Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and UW-Madison Summer Music
> Clinic Scholarship, among others. Prominent musicians I have worked with
> include Benjamin Zander (Boston Philharmonic, New England Conservatory of
> Music), Michael Mulcahy (Northwestern University - Illinois, Chicago
> Symphony Orchestra), John Zdechlik (composer - Chorale and Shaker Dance),
> Richard Erb (St. Louis Symphony), Gary Greenhoe (Milwaukee Symphony
> Orchestra), Russell Mikkelson (University of Ohio), Mark Niehaus
> (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), Alan Baer (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra),
> and John Aley (UW-Madison). I am currently studying under Dr. William
> Richardson, Professor of Trombone at UW-Madison. He has worked with such
> notable composers as Stravinsky and Copland, and has performed with the US
> National Guard Band as well as with the St. Louis Symphony. It was very
> rude of you to make that comment regarding my credentials, and I think an
> apology is in order. Such comments only make the commenter look bad.

> As for your comments, I would like to say that you need to read my comment
> more carefully before responding, because there are several elements there
> which reflect a blatant disregard for what I had to say. Remember that I
> was not attempting to write a review of the entire soundtrack, only track
> 2 (a point that I made abundantly clear at the outset of my comment and
> that you subsequently ignored). I gave you several examples of SPECIFIC
> points - with time markings - that I thought were far too close to each
> other in many respects, but you must have missed these also. The fact that
> this track of HP was in 6/8 and the Schindler's List theme was in 4/4
> makes little difference: the order and sequence of notes is almost exactly
> the same, plus it's easy to make that theme switch time signatures. This
> is leading the listener into the wrong mindset. I'll say it again: since
> the Harry theme is so similar to Schindler's List, many listeners get the
> wrong idea about what is supposedly being conveyed. The writing style is
> very similar to that used by Williams in Jurassic Park, and it sounds to
> me like he is not trying hard enough to break from that style.

> I would appreciate it if you would provide some specifics next time you
> respond, MSM. Also, please read the comment you're responding to more
> carefully so that the person doesn't have to repeat everything like I had
> to here. If you still have questions, refer back to my original posting
> before you ask them, please.
I don't care how much you have done with music. I am fourteen and i tought myself how to compose and i have been thinking about getting some of my music published. I am the schools composer. I have written music for my schools mideival fare and i wrote several pieces for social studies. But that doesn't mean i think that i am all high and mighty. That guy has a right to disagree. I disagree too. I have all three soundtracks that you are speaking about. I dont agree. SL is dark and tells of a time when the persecution of jews was going on. The theme thus reflects that time. Harry Potter is mysterious and they don't really sound alike. As for JP i don't agree. The theme is beautiful in both films, but Harry's Wondrous World is not all that much like the theme. Harry's Wondrous world has a feeling of wonder (Harry's WOUNDROUS world) and is very almost arrogant throughout the whole thing. JP has a feeling that something isn't quite right. And i am sticking to the second track only so that should make you happy. But it is true that the theme is repeated throughout the whole soundtrack, but since they aren't alike its fine and the music fits the film brilliantly and I think this is one of the greatest JW scores i have ever heard. Granted it was the first score i ever heard but, it's truly original and i think that it is one of the best and everyone don't listen to this guy. I recommend it with a *****.




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