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Is John Williams the greatest composer since Beethoven?

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A great composer is one who invents a mode of making music which influences the mainstream. John Williams is an influencee, not an influencer. read more

It’s not a fair premise, Mark since John Williams would have to climb over roughly 2000 composers since Beethoven whose music is regularly played in concerts halls today. Ask yourself when was the last time you heard John William’s Greatest Tunes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones and ET in concert. read more

John Williams is for a reason the greatest film composer of recent times (Copland and others did film music), but he can not compare to Beethoven or Mozart. It's like saying Stephen King VS Shakespeare VS William Faulkner. Yes Stephen King is very good if not great at what he does but he's not a great author. read more

What I question is the number of composers alive then as compared to now. The sheer number of film composers that John Williams has influenced over the past 40 years I would imagine rivals the number of classical composers Beethoven has directly influenced in the past 150 years. read more

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