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Comments about the soundtrack for Windtalkers (James Horner)

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Not unless Horner has ESP
• Posted by: Ashi-taka469   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2002, at 11:09 a.m.
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• In Response to: Where to find 'Perfect Storm' motif on 'Windta... (Michael Arlidge)

> However, owing to James Horner's reputation for plagiarism (until recently
> he only 'borrowed' from himself, but his Enemy At The Gates score
> was centred around John Williams' Schindler's List theme), you will
> probably find that this theme was originally composed for The Legend Of
> Bagger Vance
and that Horner stole it for use in the score for The
> Perfect Storm

Not likely given that the film's scores are usually done shortly before the films release and Legend of Bagger Vance was released November 3rd 2000 compared to the July 30th 2000 release of Perfect Storm. Also, it should be noted that every major composer has at least once in their career plagerized, as you put it, their own or someone elses works. To name a few: John Williams theme for Star Wars and the theme for King's Row by Max Steiner, Jerry Goldsmith's theme for Total Recall and the theme for Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris, the Demon Power theme from Princess Mononoke by Joe Hisaishi and Shostikovich's 5th; and those are to name just a few. The only reason James Horner is pinned so much for doing it is because of the frequency he does it. Even then it is not something that should be treated with such discrimination. The reason composers do this is often because they see something in that motif that they like a lot or works with great frequency, so they often find themselves falling back to it when they can't find something more original that works. Actually, the Schindler's list theme is an excellent example of that. Horner had actually been using the theme with great reservation long before Enemy at the Gates. It can actually be heard in the re-entry scene of Apollo 13, one of the later scenes of Titanic (don't remember which since I haven't seen it in a millenium), and the just before the avalanche in Balto.

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