Back in 2000, Film Composer Hans Zimmer wrote the amazing score to the film Gladiator. One of the best tracks from the score is named “The Battle”. This track is heavily influenced by Gustav Holst’s classic The Planets. Given the Greek/Roman connections, I can see the influence there.
Well, someone from the Holst Foundation thought the between the similarities movie score and the suite were too close.
Mars: Bringer of War
Yes, Zimmer's Gladiator music has a lot of influence from Holst's work, but there is no reason for this lawsuit to even exist. Nearly every modern score has been influenced by Holst's music. Why go after
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country features the same trumpet fanfare as Mars in the opening credits. Nicholas Meyer wanted to used the actual music from The Planets, but realized that the cost for getting the rights were too high.
Star Wars IV: A
I just find it odd that they'd go after Zimmer's score when the entire film scoring community has used something from The Planets. Did it have something to do with the high profile of the score? Makes you wonder...
By the way, if anyone has news on how the lawsuit turned out. Tell me.