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Re: Most overrated score of all time!
• Posted by: Bozidar
• Date: Monday, June 5, 2006, at 6:31 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Most overrated score of all time! (Admiral Hull)

I am too a musician and a composer, and from a musical perspective, John Williams is a great composer. A musical example of this (as opposed to the reductionist, generic and childish arguments) is that Williams has great diversity in his works. For example, in Star wars alone he has composed glorious themes, legato love themes, incidental music and many more. Moreover, in his other films he has shown diversity: Schindler's list - wonderful and appropriate music. War of the Worlds - chaotic modernism. John Williams has the talent to compose such a variety of themes and they are all musically awe-inspiring in their orchestration, harmony, dymamic and timbre.

In addition, the arguments of this thread are shocking. The critique of Williams' music at the beggining was a complete contradiction. I quote Kris, "Williams writes solid memorable and exciting themes but his scores are more of an afterthought and are not that listenable". How can it be solid and memorable and not listenable? Moreover I completely disagree with Karol who said that he has been listening to William's music for years and hasn't found anything worth listening to except the themes: As I have stated above, Williams is far beyond than just themes. Secondly, Karol said that he likes Williams and has bought several of his soundtracks. This is a contradiction of his previous statement.

I wrote this so I could just get it clear to everyone here that William's regardless of anything else has proven himself to be a good composer. If you disagree then you are either lying, arrogantly ignorate OR you have no musical knowledge whatsover which gives you zero credibility in my opinion.

Anyway, after this I do not wish to debate upon other people's argument techniques, but rather give constructive musical analysis. I'm afraid that most people here are arguing about who is better or worse and this results in ridiculous statements such as John Williams randomly places notes on his scripts.

I personally like all of these composers and I don't have a favourite. However, whenever I hear the soundtrack, I always wonder, what would happen if another film composer composed this?

Therefore to summarise, Williams, like many, is a good composer. Many people in this thread are self-contradictory and love to exhibit their crude and reductionist generelisations. I say, critically and musically analyse soundtracks and not merely through bias.

Bozidar Smiljanic - London

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