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Comments about the soundtrack for Minority Report (John Williams)

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Re: MR sounds like a mixture of the latest JW scores...and nobody cares!
• Posted by: Kyri   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, June 17, 2002, at 12:09 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: MR sounds like a mixture of the latest JW ... (fontinau)


> I haven't. Maybe I should have added a disclaimer to my post: "IF
> what Ethan says is ture, THEN this will be John William's third
> self-ripoff in a row".

> Try listening to the Harry Potter aoundtrack sometime. The main theme is
> lifted directly from Schindler's List (of all things!).Also, the Phantom
> Menace score took some passages from Jurassic Park, but that's a minor
> quibble.

> Not stylistically like Horner (although they do both tend to unsubtley
> beat listeners over the head with their motifs). Williams is becoming like
> Horner in that he is walking down the same self-plagiarizing path that
> Horner has been on since the early 90s.

What i like about Williams is that he takes some textural material from his other scores and developes them more extensively. This happens whether it is an action sequence or a main theme. The thing about Williams is that he manages not to become boring-unlike Horner who almost ALWAYS sounds the same. Take for example the genious composer Elliot Goldenthal: He uses the same atonal techniques but never gets boring. That's precisely because he develops his material different each time. And i like seeing this in composers.(unlike the "copy"and "paste" method which is a Horner trademark) Don't get me wrong. I really like several Horner scores. It just becomes rather pointless for me to listen to the same stuff for different movies. It makes no sense in the first place. I am really looking forward to this new score by Williams despite what you people say. I loved his recent Star Wars work because i can see that Williams is finally finding his own musical voice(unlike the older Star Wars which i still love, despite the extensive Shostakovich-Wagner copying; as for that, I DON'T CARE!).

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