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John Williams would almost certainly have heard Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, but it's very unlikely he deliberately copied it. This rising semitone motif has been used in numerous other works.


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The Black Sabbath prop absolutely did NOT inspire the joke in This Is Spinal Tap. The joke is in the original short version of the film, made in 1982 - a year before the Sabbath tour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHdVhEN_pBQ&t=3m47s


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