June 16, 2008

Random Musickal Observation

Driving in to the metro today, I made an interesting discovery: the Nazi parade musick from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade sounds remarkably like the main theme of the overture from a comic opera called The Crown Diamonds by a fellah named Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber (1782-1871).

Perhaps this is simply co-incidence. Perhaps it is some kind of inside joke. Perhaps it is outright plagiarism. But I reckon it's good for a solid five minutes on the derivative nature of the works of John Williams at your next brie & Beaujolais party.

Posted by Robert at June 16, 2008 08:11 AM | TrackBack

Per IMDb:

The music playing in the scene where Indy meets Adolf Hitler is adapted from the "Königgrätzer Marsch" by Johann Gottfried Piefke (1815-1884).

Posted by: GroovyVic at June 16, 2008 08:26 AM

Why doesn't this surprise me? John Williams is a hack. He steals EVERYTHING.

Posted by: Kathy at June 16, 2008 10:13 AM