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    Published on Nov 13, 2016
    This episode of Everything Music is called John Williams vs. Gustav Holst or Star Wars vs. the Planets. John Williams was influenced by a number of composers such as Wagner, Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Erich Korngold and especially Gustav Holst. In today’s episode I will show you the melodic and harmonic influences that Holst had on John Williams music of Star Wars.

    Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher and best known for his orchestral suite The Planets. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences like Wagner, Richard Strauss, Ravel, Grieg and Ralph Vaughn Williams.The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.

    John Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, to many of the highest-grossing films of all-time, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films.

    From their premieres to the present day, both The Planets and Star Wars have been enduringly popular, influential and widely performed and recorded.

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    Any TC member have any thoughts about this 1958 film score by Leighton Lucas for Ice Cold in Alex?

    https://youtu.be/bHf-HeJgaik

    Those who continue to spotlight Star Wars by John Williams are (unwittingly or intentionally) shifting focus away from the multitude of vintage cinema and music that exists - but remains forgotten by many persons' radars due to their unfamiliarity with (so-called) 'obscure' films & film music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodromides View Post
    Those who continue to spotlight Star Wars by John Williams are (unwittingly or intentionally) shifting focus away from the multitude of vintage cinema and music that exists - but remains forgotten by many persons' radars due to their unfamiliarity with (so-called) 'obscure' films & film music.
    Agreed. E.g., JW's 1977 SW score reminded me of Walton's Battle of Britain (1969).
    That said, I almost rarely listen to film music before mid-1970s. That's hugely due to my age and formative years. No matter how great and original those vintage score may be, they just don't interest me as much.
    Bottom line for me: SW over The Planets ... any day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodromides View Post
    Those who continue to spotlight Star Wars by John Williams are (unwittingly or intentionally) shifting focus away from the multitude of vintage cinema and music that exists - but remains forgotten by many persons' radars due to their unfamiliarity with (so-called) 'obscure' films & film music.
    Star Wars is now almost 40 years old and shows no signs of fading from memory. Those who spotlight Beethoven are also diverting attention from many worty composers who have mostly faded from memory -- Raff, Alkan, Rubinstein, the list goes on and on. That's the way of things.
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