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There is an absurd amount of urban legend concerning ghostwriting and a lot of that is just mismatched assumption or plain invention. Film composing is very rarely standing upon the shoulders of just one person and having trusted collaborators to help you get through impossible deadlines and ungodly requirements from directors etc. is absolutely essential. But it's possible to do it with integrity.

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I agree, but here we have an orchestrator saying “yes, I wrote many cues for this composer and no I didn’t get credit” which is hardly an urban legend and is worthy of discussion IMO

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On 24/10/2021 at 5:02 PM, karelm said:

You shouldn't worry about it too much.  There is no doubt that Horner was a very skilled and talented composer.  There is also the reality of film scoring as a business.  Sometimes these collide.  It's not really that big a deal.  Think of it like any one of his great scores would probably sound different, perhaps even better, if he had no time constraints.  Because composers sometimes have awful deadlines, corners are cut.  It's not ideal, it's the reality of working in a business.  To think otherwise is to over-romanticize the business of film scoring.   

NO Composer can write a full score for a movie like Troy in a week. It's absolutely impossible. It's a movie that needs a 3 month turnaround for a fully orchestrated classical score, so it's really not his fault he went to everyone working with him and dolled out cues, i just found it funny that he talked about himself in the 3rd person and said "you know what horner sounds like" lol

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