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Thread: Is John Williams One of the Greatest Composers of all Time?

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    Is John Williams One of the Greatest Composers of all Time?

    Curious what the great unwashed masses of J.I. think on this.

    John Williams, famous of course for his endlessly great film sountracks and iconic theme music.

    Does he rank with the greatest composers of ages past?

    Does the fact that Classical Music is basicly a dead art-form today influence how you feel?

    Does the fact that he must tie his work to another medium, film, reduce or improve the quality of his art, given the restrictions that medium imposes?

    Is he not an all-time great because his work is tied to "popular" media, not in and of itself intended as stand-alone "art"?

    What do you think?

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    No Ode to Joy in there...he's a Marvin Hamlisch of the Chamber.

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    Of course. Who hasn't struggled with the decision of whether to throw on Ludwig Van's Ninth Symphony or the Jurassic Park soundtrack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoastOffensive View Post
    No Ode to Joy in there...he's a Marvin Hamlisch of the Chamber.


    This.

    I'd say he's one of the greatest of OUR time, but not all time.

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    Hells to the Yizzle

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hit Stick View Post
    What about John Tesh:
    Teshie >>>>>>>>>> Hot Plate Williams

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    Ted Williams >>>>>>>>>> Cindy Williams >>>>>>>> John Williams

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    Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Sunday Night Football...

    You bet your ass he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    Hells to the Yizzle
    OH!

    Someone left the back door open! Look at this thuggery....or is it buggery?

    Down at the Country Club we have a saying: "I'd rather listen to Hot Rod Williams, than John Williams."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable View Post
    Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Sunday Night Football...

    You bet your ass he is.
    HAH hah -You have a John Williams lunchbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoastOffensive View Post
    HAH hah -You have a John Williams lunchbox.
    No...but where can I find one?

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    i prefer Danny Elfman

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    You can really hear some Star Wars in SNF theme

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sJcVo1qruY



    God... I cant wait for football season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCroatian View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sJcVo1qruY



    God... I cant wait for football season!
    I just picture your avatar saying this.

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    I like John Williams a lot, but for the most part many of his scores sound nearly identical. It's gotten to the point where if you hear the first few bars of a new movie soundtrack you can tell its his immediately. Maybe he's just getting less creative in his old age.

    That being said -- Raiders March, the Star Wars theme, the Jurassic Park theme, all classics. Just as good as any other instrumental arrangement ever created.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonhomme Richard View Post
    I like John Williams a lot, but for the most part many of his scores sound nearly identical. It's gotten to the point where if you hear the first few bars of a new movie soundtrack you can tell its his immediately. Maybe he's just getting less creative in his old age.

    That being said -- Raiders March, the Star Wars theme, the Jurassic Park theme, all classics. Just as good as any other instrumental arrangement ever created.
    "Hey, I like the way you think, pal. Me and the dirty old man over here really enjoy a good movement."


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    Quote Originally Posted by sect313 View Post
    i prefer Danny Elfman
    i prefer jenna elfman

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