I was just reviewing the John Williams canon. If that's not T-- I
am not six-foot-two. Listen to "The Imperial March" and el. Absolutely
stunning, brilliant and as forthcoming as the Master.
I have been unable to establish any links between the Imperial
March (click on this link
) and the
Some bars of The March could have been inspired by A. Prokofiev's
"Romeo and Juliet" ballet music. I would accept however accretions to
It would be interesting to learn views of other contributors to the
Well as far as Tchaikovsky is concerned I didn't see the
connection....more like Gustav Holst's "The Planets" or perhaps some
Prokofieff or even Shostakovich...the thing is Tchaikovsky's hallmark
is his subjective emotional intensity rather then random
blaring....but to each his own...you orchestrate a rather noisy
ominous piece but it is not like the embrace of a dear friend whom you
love warts and all...which is how I would describe the older master's
effect on the emotions....his own peculiar voice has never been
but bravo if you feel any kinship....
I think Prokofiev is the link. John Williams piece does sound like
it might be influenced by that composer and whenever I hear 'The Love
for three oranges' march I think I can hear influences from
Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony 3rd movement (march).
Anyway, how many times have you thought someone looked like 'so and
so' and someone else says they look nothing like them.
I am NOT a musicolgist, nor have I ever pretended to be. I am a
black playwright living in Montreal, Canada. I do not note every note
that a composer writes. I am like T-- if it SOUNDS good-- sobeit! Go
against form-- sobeit!! And my fellow T-lovers, you are totally
missing the point. You are so totally involved in the academics of the
situation as to miss the "humanity." 'Nuf said on that!
Give me T's 1812
(Overture) and add Williams' "Imperiial March" and I can make a
symphony!!! I just need Beethoven to write the middle section
Listen to the above pieces. You will swear they come from the same
It is interesting that Tchaikovsky considered the commission to
write the 1812 Overture
to be a product of "loud noise and banging"...unlike his next work the
Serenade for Strings which he hoped would have more artistic
merit...however I dont think the 1812
is that bad...I get a big kick out of playing it in its solo piano
transciption...it does have a certain verve and energy...and creative