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Re: John Williams is a petty theif
• Posted by: The Halfminded Writer   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at 1:39 a.m.
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• In Response to: John Williams is a petty theif (Aaron)
• Now Playing: Prokofiev - The Love for Three Oranges

Oh, could I agree more! As much as I always thought of him as probably one of the de best orchestrators and "soundtrack engineers" of all times, his many stealings (and auto-stealings) turn him into a quite questionable "artist". I think his repeated and uncredited plunder of Prokofiev orchestral works (such as "Romeo and Juliet" but especially of "The Love for Three Oranges", from which the "artist" took basically all of the incidental music for his most famous early soundtracks such as "Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones") is quite self-explaining.

I'm definitely more a follower of slightly more original composers such as Morricone, Goldsmith or Thomas Newman. At least, when they do, they give credit for what's borrowed.

Congrats in this long-lasting piece of controversy.

> As much as I like Mr. Williams' music (and I have 47 of his CDs), he steal
> far too much from other composers. I am trying to assimilate a collection
> of all the things he has stolen from. So far I have Dvorak's "New
> World" Symphony, Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," Sibelius'
> "Finaldnia," Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition,"
> "The Rite of Spring" and "The Firebird" by Stravinsky,
> Korngold's theme to "King's Row," Persichetti's 6th symphony,
> Neverending Story, "Death and Transfiguration" by Strauss, and
> Holst's "The Planets." Does anybody out there know of any more
> rip-offs? If you have some more, please email me at
> or chat via AIM, my screen name is Composer111285.

The Halfminded Writer (in Spanish)

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