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Re: Most overrated score of all time!
• Posted by: Arne Barnard   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, July 6, 2006, at 2:53 a.m.
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• In Response to: Most overrated score of all time! (Kris)

> I think John Williams writes solid memorable and exciting themes but his
> scores are more of an afterthought and are not that listenable. His
> writing style has an upbeat and sacharine quality to it which is
> detrimental and works against him.
To me Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard
> Herrmann are the true greatest composers of all time. They excelled at not
> only writing great themes but pioneered all sorts of scoring techniques.
> Star Wars is remarkable for only the themes and nothing else.

Well,if all there was to Star Wars success was just themes,well anyone can write those-I write them myself all the time.
What made Star Wars so successful was in the WAY those themes were presented and I'm not just talking about the stuff that's "popular"(ie. The Force Theme,Princess Leias Theme etc.) but also the stuff that is uniquely vague-the stuff that you can't hum after listening to it,but affects you nonetheless.Think about this the next time you're listening to "The Destruction of Alderaan".Williams could've written some made to order theme music for that scene but he chose instead to concentrate on the absolute essence of villainy and wrote music appropriate to that context-no "theme" needed.

Another thing you have to remember about Williams is that the man is highly trained and educated in his chosen field in addition to just being totally and blindingly gifted.His training taught him how to orchestrate music but it's his imagination that allows him to orchestrate that *same* music for maximum impact.He is not a "Hollywood Type" as the Boston Pops once thought he was-he is someone who has studied and honed his craft over a decades long career.

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