A while back, I wrote a post titled John Williams: Thief which accused Williams of stealing the E.T. theme from Dvorak’s “Dumky” Piano Trio.
But I didn’t have any audio clips to post for you, so it didn’t mean a lot to most of you.
Now that I have learned to use Windows Moviemaker to manipulate video and audio clips, I thought I’d let you compare the two with your own ears.
To remind you, here is Williams’s E.T. theme (click here):
And here are the final few bars of Dvorak’s Dumky Trio, which I have clipped and uploaded to YouTube:
P.S. I should add that a friend of mine who is a music expert says that borrowing themes is common in classical music, and that I should go easy on John Williams. Fair enough.
P.P.S. I have altered the title to reflect this view.
UPDATE: Everyone knows the love theme from Superman:
Here is a 9-second passage from Richard Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung. See if it reminds you of anything: