Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Another childhood icon falls.

As a kid I loved science fiction movies like Star Wars and ET. And the music by John Williams that accompanied it. Later, listening to Prokoviews "Romeo and Julliet, I realised he owed a lot to the Russian ballet music of the early twentieth century. But what I heard today...

The presenter on WNYC-2, the classical station of our local public radio that is having a special week of film music in honor of the upcoming Oscars, gave due warning. "The music you are about to hear will sound eerily familiar". What followed was "Kings Row" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, from 1941. Never knew plagiarism could get one an Oscar.

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