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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: MSM
• Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2002, at 3:06 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: MR sounds like a mixture of the latest JW ... (fontinau)

> I can say it because it is true. The opening violin piece in Schidler's
> List, and the theme that pervades the Harry Potter (including Hedwig's
> Theme) may use different rythm and orchestration, but even one hearing of
> the two themes will show that, note-for-note, they are practically
> identical. This wouldn't be too big an issue if it weren't for Williams
> beating us over the head with said thme every two minutes during the
> entire Harry Potter soundtrack.

This subject has been discussed thoroughly on the HP site. In my opinion the HP theme crucially differs from the Schindler's List theme, at least technically seen: the rhythm is quite different (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'll 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.

And I think it's true that AotC borrows some motifs/styles from HP, for example Voldemort's theme (track 3), The Moving Stairs-like dissonance in track 5 and some HP embellishment in track 10.

And yes, I also agree that the theme from the Patriot heard in the middle of the Main Theme is quite the same as in Amistad, but used in a different way (more militaristic) which in my view makes a huge difference. What's more, I think this resemblance shows how equivalent the subjects of the two films are: just two patriottic US history stories.

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