Re: Best American Composer.

Lane Singer (
8 Apr 1995 06:26:10 GMT

In <> (Stephen Lajoie) writes:

>> Stephen> The greatest American composer is John Williams.
>Exactly the responce one got when mentioning J. S. Bach while he was alive.
>John Williams. Boston Pops? Long after the movies are forgotten, people
>will remember his music.

Ohhhh. John Williams. Have you ever heard 'Manon Lescault' by Puccini?
Smack dab in the middle of the opera there's purely instrumental movement
(the Intermezzo). At the end of this movement: the strains that comprise
the theme for 'Star Wars'.

It's most amazing. You wonder, "Did he just lift this, directly?" Because
there it is, bar for bar, the 'Star Wars' theme.

It's really one of my least favorite operas by Puccini, but there are
bits that are exquisite, like all of his works.

Lane "Turandot" Singer