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It does seem like Horner borrowed from the classics and from himself quite a lot, but like others have said, that's part of the nature of being a composer. Or most any other creative type.

Did anyone mention Kubrick being an earlier director to use the Khachaturian Adagio from the Gayane ballet (in 2001)? Or Andre Previn using the Sabre Dance in One, Two Three? And John Williams, for sure. I've loved the Rite of Spring quote(s) in Star Wars since the beginning.

Above all, we certainly hold Bernard Herrmann in the highest esteem, but some of his scores contain amazingly similar elements of previous ones. And I wouldn't change a note or hold that against him for one minute. It's just how it works.
 

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I remember Williams being accused of the Star Wars theme being a rip off of Born Free.

Back to Aliens, Horner’s score became so iconic it was used as temp music in many action film trailers as I recall. Newts Rescue in particular.
 

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I remember Williams being accused of the Star Wars theme being a rip off of Born Free.

Back to Aliens, Horner’s score became so iconic it was used as temp music in many action film trailers as I recall. Newts Rescue in particular.
I understand that Williams was very inspired by Korngold's score for Kings Row while composing Star Wars.
 

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This is an interesting podcast which compares the temp tracks of Star Wars to Williams’ final compositions.
 

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I remember Williams being accused of the Star Wars theme being a rip off of Born Free.

Back to Aliens, Horner’s score became so iconic it was used as temp music in many action film trailers as I recall. Newts Rescue in particular.

The top dog in the "music for trailers" fight has to be Orff's "Carmina Burana".
 

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The top dog in the "music for trailers" fight has to be Orff's "Carmina Burana".
Which has now been replaced by something far more boring, in the trailer of the new version of Caligula. The trailer for the old porno Caligula featured "Carmina Burana".
 

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I finally watched this one, showing it to my kids. I thought it looked tremendous. I'm on record saying I liked how Abyss and True Lies looked, so that's no surprise.

BTW, speaking of Horner, I kept hearing his Star Trek II and III scores in my head while watching this. Everybody has a style.

This is a five-star classic in my book. One of the great science fiction films of all time, and one of the best sequels ever. The kids loved it. One of them even said it was scarier than Jaws.
 

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