Wednesday, 12 September 2007


About half way through Elgar's Cockaigne Overture on Radio 3 this morning, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra suddenly started playing the romantic theme from 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (score by Michael Kamen).

One of the most blatant borrowings I have heard! And because the original is tucked away as a minor episode in the Elgar Overture, MK must have thought no one would notice... Either that or he was making a very clever statement about how medieval England (specifically the Sherwood kingdom of Hood & Co.) was the mythical land of Cockaigne, flowing with milk and honey and free from trouble, that the medievals wrote about.