Posted by: Sean Raduechel Date: Thursday, August 1, 2002, at 3:20 p.m. IP Address: wcfls-238.wcfls.lib.wi.us
In Response to:
Amistad, The Patriot themes(Dmitri)
> It is quite true that John Williams used practically the same theme for
> "Amistad" and The "Patriot". It can also be heard in
> the cue entitled "Civil Rights and the Women's Movement" from
> his "American Journey" suite. However, I don't see anything
> wrong with this as he is entitled to use whatever notes he feels are
> necessary. Futhermore, Maurice Jarre used virtually the same theme for
> "Ryan's Daughter" and "A Passage to India". To take it
> into the classical realm, Antonin Dvorak used the same identical theme in
> his "Othello" overture and the tone poem "In Nature's
> Realm", and he was one of the greatest composers of the 19th century.
There is finally someone else who realizes that Williams is just as seseptable any other composer to repeating themes from his own or someone else's works.