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Old February 11 2013, 03:13 AM   #3
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Re: Does Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho" theme sample "Ode to Joy"?

Well, I wasn't meaning "sample" in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical one. A note-for-note sample of the Ode to Joy melody would hardly have fit the rest of the theme. And if, as you say, the cadence matches, might it not be a stretch to assume Hermann didn't think of Beethoven's motif while writing the Psycho score?

I could be making something out of nothing here, but it seems to me that that'd be like a playwright composing a sentence along the lines of "I'm considering offing myself, but maybe I shouldn't", and not being reminded of "to be, or not to be..."
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