Today the music of Star Wars is as iconic as any aspect of the film, weaving its way into the cultural subconsciousness and launching a thousand imitators. The original soundtrack, a double album with booklet released in May by 20th Century Records, sold in millions and revived not only the popularity of the orchestral soundtrack but also the mass appeal of movie soundtracks in general.
It made a global star of the already Oscar-laden John Williams and, completely incidentally, gave a plethora of artists and labels — some non-licensed — the impetus to go out and record some of their own versions of the films score. Keyboard player John Rose managed to balance the instruments of the old with the music of the new by performing his version of the soundtrack on the great pipe organ at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut, back in Released via Delos Records the album contained a selection of tracks familiar to anyone who owns the original soundtrack.
Yeah, you read that right, the Rebel Force band. None that I know of, and a dip into the backstory of this popular album tells the tale. What better way to close the second year of Star Wars? By and via Musicor Records The Electric Moog Orchestra were the ones who made that jump, bringing their singular sound to six classic tracks.
Also available on 8-track, the kids who had this loved it for its unique take on familiar tracks. The orchestra was augmented with a second set of timpani as was the case with Shore's Lord of the Rings scores, and with taiko drums, which have been used extensively by Shore and Zimmer. In particular, Anakin's Dark Deeds with the humming boy choir opening leading into a Gothic piece for an adult choir, is evocative of "The Treason of Isengard".
Several tracks, including the music to the opening of the film, evoke the rhythmic music of the Orcs. On FilmScoreMonthly. Ancillary sources include Frank Lehman's "Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars", which includes a lot of "incidental motifs" including stylistic gestures and tracked material.
It is also consistent with the figures arrived at by Lehman who puts the number of leitmotifs in the series at 57 and Adams which puts the number of the first four films at as many as Williams himself, as he was making Attack of the Clones , assessed the size of his glossary at "20 themes".
It first re-appears and becomes a recurring theme in the end-credits to Empire Strikes Back. Nevertheless, According to Adams this is "certainly not a theme in the leitmotivic sense", hence its classification remains in doubt. Matessino refers to it as a "playful wind rendition of Yoda's theme" which Adams further describes as a "simpler spry tune in the second half of the unabridged theme.
While it is different to the main Ewok material, it really only appears twice in the underscore, and only in one of these instances does it appear by itself: all other appearances are in the concert arrangement, and the concert version of the cue in which they originally appear. The latter have been confused for a separate, secondary motif, specifically for Darth Maul or even for his probe droids, but Adams refers to them as mere "drum patterns" that are simply part of the theme.
The whole section of the theme, which emerges separately to the main phrase, denotes the "angst-ridden side" to quote John Takis of the relationship between Anakin and Padme. This theme, and especially the ending figure, transform into the lament theme in Revenge of the Sith. While Williams never spoke of this section as a theme, another telling sign of this theme's dramatic designation in his mind is the video which accompanies it on "Star Wars: A Musical Journey", where the B-phrase and its ending figure both score images that convey the gloomy aspect of the relationship.
It is probably the motif that Williams reportedly was intending to write for Jango when he was composing the piece. When Jango fights Obi Wan, Williams' derives an ostinato from it which underscores the fight scene. This motif, like the ostinato for "Chase through Curoscant" has been described as a leitmotif, but Takis describes those figures just as ostinati and "rhythmic patterns" and not as outright themes. Doug Adams later commented Archived October 22, , at the Wayback Machine that the various action ostinati of the scores are "shorter, clunkier motives seldom longer than a measure or two, and often more rhythmic than melodic" and calls those passages "episodic.
July 6, Retrieved August 23, Several sections rely on repeated syllables in Sanskrit, as is the case of Duel of the Fates or Snoke's theme. While the syllables are drawn from loosely translated texts such as Cad Goddeu or the writing of Kipling, Williams typically arranges them by ear and without heed to their meaning, so the choral text remains repetitive and meaningless. In other instances, the choir repeats a short albeit coherent sentence, such as with the Funeral theme or Anakin's Dark Deeds.
The New York Times. December 15, Film Music Reporter. November 4, Archived from the original on December 23, Retrieved December 23, April 21, The Film Music Society. After Williams convinced Lucas to have an original score which would excel a tracked score in that it will have set themes for characters, Williams argued , those musical pieces were used as a temp track and Williams followed them closely, turning portions of the score into an homage to earlier film score and to romantic music in general.
Retrieved January 1, A theme can be used symbolically, such as hinting at Darth Vader's theme when the decision to train Anakin is made in Episode I. However, the amount of music written for the film proper varies from 80 percent, to scoring effectively the entire film.
If the Empire Strikes Back is to augmented with the string section size of Revenge of the Sith or the Skwalker Symphony Recording, it would require about players and a small women choir. A Star Wars in Concert production that would follow the orchestration of the recording, would have to feature some of the expansions of the various episodes, requiring about players, as well as the mixed choir and possibly the bass choir.
Empire Strikes Back uses pieces and about ten women vocalists, Return of the Jedi uses a piece orchestra, about ten men, and a few women for the Special Edition; The Phantom Menace uses a piece orchestra, piece SATB choir and 30 boys; Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith use a piece orchestra, piece SATB choir and a synthesized boy choir. By comparison, each of Howard Shore's Middle Earth scores require a minimum of musicians to stage ranging to as many as , and several stage works such as Gurre Lieder or Mahler's Eighth Symphony can range from to over a thousand musicians.
Nevertheless, amateur performances like the NJYS Playathon of Williams score, among other film scores including the aforementioned Howard Shore ones have utilized orchestral forces of piece or more.
Archived from the original on December 30, Retrieved December 30, The Live to Projection presentations also feature various reductions, namely in the brass section, in line with Williams' reduced orchestration for his "Star Wars Suite", and generally omit the unusual orchestrations of Empire Strikes Back and synthesize or remove the choral parts The roster is between 50 and 90 pieces.
The second player also doubles on Electric Piano. For select sections of Empire Strikes Back , both played on pianos. The scores also used synthesizers for electronic sounds and to mimic the Celesta a real Celesta was not used since Return of the Jedi and the Harpsichord for Return of the Jedi and Attack of the Clones.
In the Skywalker Symphony recording, one player doubles on all keyboards. From Attack of the Clones going forward, the synth is performed by the electric keyboard player. Star Wars , however, only requires only three and the sequel trilogy scores require only four. The prequel trilogy scores use three flutes, oboes and bassoons, as well as four clarinets, and the sequel trilogy scores omit the fourth clarinet part.
The former score also calls for a fourth bassoon for Boba Fett's motif. Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace also feature recorders. Star Wars and The Last Jedi use three saxophones, as well. The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones also omit the second tuba.
A second set of timpani is used in the former, and in The Last Jedi. The boy choir is used in The Phantom Menace but synthesized in the later two scores. Empire Strikes Back uses a small women choir and Return of the Jedi uses a small male choir. The Force Awakens uses a piece basso profundo orchestra, which is about ten more pieces than would be in a piece SATB choir.
The Skywalker Symphony uses a fuller string section, but omits the second harp. The prequels also use the fuller string section. The Cretan Lyra and Cumbus are used briefly for diegetic Tatooine music for Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones , composed by his son, Joseph, and were originally played by one instrumentalist.
Williams also recalls "reed flutes" most likely referring to the ney flute used in the score, probably for those cues. The prequel scores aren't performed live, but seeing as diegetic pieces are not played even in the scores that are performed live, these would probably be omitted under such circumstances, as well.
The electric guitar is used in small inserts during the chase through Curoscant in Attack of the Clones albeit muted in the film on the request of George Lucas. Williams also used three saxophones for the Cantina Band, although those could be doubled by the clarinet players. He also once claimed to have used Kazoos in that sequence, although the liner notes make no mention of it. Didgeridoos are used in the diegetic Caretaker party music, which scores a deleted scene. They are also featured in The Phantom Menace ultimate edition release, where they were originally used as diegetic sound effects, and layered over the soundtrack.
However, Episodes II and even III feature much more rhythmic music, and Revenge of the Sith, in particular, is more operatic in its use of choir and even solo vocals. The sequel scores feature another evolution of Williams' musical style, which is less obtrusive, with more lilting musical themes like Rey's theme, reminiscent of some of Williams' work on Harry Potter. By comparison, Howard Shore wrote over leitmotifs for 21 hours of cinema in the Middle Earth films, of which he uses 40 or more in each film.
Richard Wagner wrote leitmotifs for the hour Ring cycle. Williams' various themes do share certain connections, but they are basic enough as to nullify any attempts to categorize them except in the broadest of strokes, such as themes for the protagonists and themes for the antagonists.
Nevertheless, classical and romantic composers and even some film composers like Howard Shore in his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit cycle are generally much more strict with the application of leitmotif than Williams. The New Yorker. In fact, the internal struggle only presents itself in the next scene, where the theme is not used. Therefore, Williams originally did not have it play during the Binary Sunset sequence which has nothing to do with Ben , and only did so on the request of George Lucas.
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London Symphony Orchestra. The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Star Wars Also A Stereo Space Odyssey (Vinyl e-mail any queries. Sponsored Links. Comes in original Columbia paper sleeve. While it is different to the main Ewok material, it really only appears twice in the underscore, and only in one of these instances does it appear by itself: all other appearances are in the concert arrangement, and the concert version of the cue in which they originally appear. In his commentary on the score, Doug refers to the piece as a single theme. Shown below are our available and recently sold out items. Inthe soundtrack for Star Wars was voted as the "most memorable film score of all time" by the American Film Institute in the list AFI's Years of Film Scoresbased on the assessment of a jury of over artists, composers, musicians, critics and historians from the film industry. While Williams himself has said little of the leitmotives of this score outside of Across the StarsLucas is quoted on the album saying that Williams "heightens the mystery and suspense that drives the first half of the film", most likely referring to LP) motif, which is indeed confined to the first half of the film.
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