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I’m on to you, Johnny

All right, so I found the following image through StumbleUpon and I don’t know who made it; if anyone out there can identify the artist, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the post. Regardless, I think it a fitting opener to our discussion, don’t you?

Ballin,’ indeed. John Williams certainly has any amount of balls in the modern sense, viz, he’s as brazen as all get out. In short, he is a thief! J’accuse!

Oh, I know. He’s an accomplished and renowned film score composer with a host of movie credits and awards to his name. It’s catchy, especially Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. He’s an American icon!

FINE. Well, consider these clips!

Williams’ score to Peter Benchley’s Jaws (I love you, Peter Benchley! Rest in peace!).

Now how about this?

The fourth movement from Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9 “From the New World.” AHEM.

Or if you prefer, try Williams’ Star Wars “Imperial March.”

Compare to “Mars, the Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets:

And there’s another one from Satie’s Gymnopedies but I forget exactly which; when I remember I’ll update. I don’t really need to worry, though, because Google will reveal to you a wealth of further information on the subject, as evidenced by the search “pieces John Williams has stolen.”

But then T. S. Eliot did say that “good artists borrow; great artists steal.”

What are your thoughts? Would you like to defend him? Is his “sampling” entirely justified? Or would you like to bring up another clip of his you know another composer did first and better?

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About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.

Discussion

8 thoughts on “I’m on to you, Johnny

  1. I think the real injustice here is the ignorance of the masses. My own family has gotten into heated discussions with me about John Williams. They ‘love’ star wars. Therefore, they love John Williams. They even went so far as to say “without John Williams, nobody would even hear these songs.”

    But, nowadays… how untrue is that? I think that’s the sad part. It just seems… lazy.

    Posted by sneakyellow | December 7, 2009, 10:44 pm

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