Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Is John Williams A Thief?

I once noticed that the HOME ALONE score sounded a lot like The Nutcracker. I was watching a press kit generic Making Of doc and noticed that they used The Nutcracker as a temp score. Here's the opening titles.

Here is The Dance Of The Sugar Plumb Fairy

Here is a piece of Home Alone Score called "Holiday Flight"

Here is The Russian Dance

I'm not even sure it's limited to Home Alone. Take a listen to this bit of John Williams' SUPERMAN score entitled "Planet Krypton"

And now listen to "Sprach Zarathustra", also known as the theme to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Astute observations or rantings from someone doped up on cough medicine? YOU DECIDE.

- D


  1. No John Williams is not a thief. He simply created a pastiche of 'The Nutcracker' for Home Alone. As you correctly stated, it was used as the temp track for the original work edit. However, I can't see where you're coming from with 'The Planet Krypton' and 'Sprach Zarathustra' They are totally different. The arrangement is similar but that's an entirely different thing, altogether.

  2. I think they have the same build up and the exact same ending.

  3. Williams was being witty. Go figure:

    "I love those who do not first seek a reason beyond the stars for going down and being sacrifices, but sacrifice themselves to the earth, that the earth of the Superman may hereafter arrive.

    I love him who lives in order to know, and seeks to know in order that the Superman may hereafter live. Thus seeks he his own down-going.

    I love him who labors and invents, that he may build the house for the Superman, and prepare for him earth, animal, and plant: for thus seeks he his own down-going."

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra