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Mr. Horner also phoned John Williams, the famed movie-music composer ("Star Wars") who wrote the music for NBC's "Nightly News" in 1985. "I joked that his theme was so good that he didn't leave me any notes to use," Mr. Horner says.

That sounds like as good a reason as any to call somebody on the phone.

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NBC's theme is just so old, I'm kind of sick of it. It's the most thematic of any of them (but that's no surprise, considering the conductor), ABC is okay, but it reminds me of news parodies. CBS' is...different. It could catch on, I could see it drawing viewers because it makes them more comfortable. Instead of the edgy warning music, it's more relaxing. Not memorable, but it goes with the new "softer" news with Couric.

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Horner's new theme is certainly not better than Williams' new football show theme, stefancos!

Nor could anything Horner ever writes truly hope to be; Horner is simply not a very good composer, he doesn't quite "own" his music the way great composers (such as Williams) do, it sounds forced, like an unsuccessful pastiche, a flawed and failed emulation of something that will always remain just beyond his reach.

Williams' new theme, for all its brevity (as far as we know), is still very elegant and eloquent.

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The ABC theme has been there forever.I liked it as a kid and I tried to record from the TV it but it NEVER played more than the first few seconds and I wanted the middle section.It's actually the first time I hear it cleanly ,so I made an MP3.

K.M.

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Meh, the theme is weak. Nothing that grabs a viewer, like JW's theme (I mean, the NBC theme just screams out 'NEWS!'). It sounds like Peio said, a compressed end credits, but that's not what a news theme should sound like. I'd be interested in hearing all the snippets and variations he's done. With JW's theme, that's one of the most interesting things about it (I love the scherzo version).

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Horners CBS Theme is better then Williams new Football theme!

If you really feel that way then choose one of these options:

Write your own great "News" Theme

Leave the MB and post in some geeky Horner board instead

(great reply isn't it?) ;)

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