John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts"

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    Jan 21, 2009 10:36 AM GMT
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    Jan 21, 2009 11:53 AM GMT
    Ursa... would you make love to that piece?
    I ask 'cos you know I know you remember what I told you. He plays the clarinet, too. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 12:16 PM GMT
    I would make love to a car horn Zim.
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    Jan 21, 2009 12:27 PM GMT
    No wonder you're always horn-y. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 21, 2009 3:00 PM GMT
    Isn't it "Air and Simple Gifts"?
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    Jan 21, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    Yes it is called "Air and Simple Gifts".
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    Duh, your right, the simple part referred to me.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    It was a beautiful piece, and I am normally a big John Williams fan...but does anyone else think that some of the melody also sounds like 'Lord of the Dance'?
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    " 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple" is one of my favorite songs. It is in keeping with President Obama's plan for us to show more humility in the face of our country's enormous power. This is the United States with which I would like the world to become reacquainted.
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    Jan 21, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    The melody was a quotation from Aaron Copland.
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    ursamajor saidThe melody was a quotation from Aaron Copland.


    Copland borrowed it from the Shakers (his setting of the tune in Appalachian Spring made it famous).
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    John Williams is infamous for borrowing others' music to influence his own, look at how he used "The Planets" to influence his music for Star Wars 4, 5 and 6, it's almost exactly the same thing. I taught a music appreciation class for my college one semester and would play highlights from "The Planets" and most students thought it was from Williams. In fact he even used Holst in "Return of the Jedi" at the end of the movie.
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    Jan 22, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    luvjunkie saidJohn Williams is infamous for borrowing others' music to influence his own, look at how he used "The Planets" to influence his music for Star Wars 4, 5 and 6, it's almost exactly the same thing. I taught a music appreciation class for my college one semester and would play highlights from "The Planets" and most students thought it was from Williams. In fact he even used Holst in "Return of the Jedi" at the end of the movie.


    So very true. I was driving from Maine to Boston during the whole ceremony so I was listening on the radio. When the piece came up, and they said a new work by John Williams, the first thought into my head was I wonder who's work he'll sample. Sure enough, Copland (and Shaker hymns).

    Is it really wrong to do it? Can he be more original?