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John Williams

From a reader:

Jonah,

I used to get pissed off at JW-scored films for his blatant rip-offs of

Hindemith, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, et al. But I’m over that. I

figure, if you’re going to steal someone’s music, why not steal from

the masters. Then I saw the first Harry Potter movie. The wanker ripped

himself off! The leitmotif from Schindler’s List appears, albeit in

triple meter, as the theme in The Sorcerer’s Stone! How brazen! John

Williams is either the laziest Hollywood composer or the most

brilliant, since not only did he get paid for some other guy’s work,

but now he’s getting paid again for stuff he wrote 10 years ago.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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