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John Williams

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I was rather surprised to learn the other night that Mr. Williams has won 5 Oscars as I have never been a fan. Also, there seems to be much love for him within the small community here that accepts original scores for movies as classical.

My question is, why is he so widely acclaimed within film score? What is his best work in your opinion?

I am trying to find how this love is born.

I have a hunch that simply being associated with Star Wars has lead to an acceptance based more on familiarity than production. Thoughts?
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What is difficult to understand? He is a great film composer that can craft memorable scores. I doubt there is another film composer that ordinary moviegoers could identify more tunes from
To me he is a poor man's Korngold. Good, but not brilliant
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I think the comparison of Mr. Williams and Korngold is apt: both wish to/wanted to be both semi-popular film composers and "serious" composers. Perhaps you can't have your cake and eat it too.
But Korngold really was a serious composer: Die Tote Stadt,and Das Wunder der Heliane, are two of the 20C greatest operas

Go listen to Dvorak's new world symphony and tell me the Lord of the Rings soundtrack didn't straight up lift the theme of the 2nd movement.
I always assumed it was filched from Mahler 2
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