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Excerpts from "Return to Tatooine"
John Williams and the London Voices/London Symphony Orchestra
Excerpts from "Return to Tatooine"

I believe that this excerpt is one of the most underrated score pieces from any Star Wars movie - and this is why.

The excerpt begins with the “ominous filler theme” which is trademark to Attack of the Clones and then, through a series of harmonic sequences, seamlessly slips into “Obi-Wan’s Theme/The Force” - which was used largely in the Classic Trilogy to set the stage for the age of the Jedi. It’s used in great moments from Luke Skywalker and his Jedi training. Like father like son, right? Wrong. The theme continues as Anakin says his goodbyes to Padme and it reaches its peak as Anakin turns from Padme towards the speeder. A sign that he is going to be a hero. But as he mounts the bike, “Luke’s Theme" is left unresolved. The very fact that this theme is left unresolved leaves the listener uncomfortable (on so many different levels) and on the edge of their seat. And the fact that this happens as he mounts the bike, tells us that despite his good intentions, Anakin is making the wrong decision.

Instead of its usual decent from the peak of the theme to the cadence, we are given an unexpected modulation. Again, raising the tensions in the story and in Anakin’s character. I cannot stress enough how ingenious it is that the theme ends (incomplete) with an ascent instead of a descent. From this upward modulation, the listener should be surprised to hear "Duel of Fates” - a reprise from its first appearance in Episode I.

“Duel of the Fates”. This is the song Star Wars fans have come to associate with the great battle between good and evil. Jedi vs. Sith. (I can’t help but play the Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul battle in my head as it plays). But Anakin is not battling anyone… except himself. By making the decision to leave, Anakin has sparked his own downfall.

This excerpt is a testament to Anakin’s inner turmoil. It shows us the good and bad. It shows his fear taking hold of him and turning into anger.

Basically - John Williams is a freaking genius.

New Release Review: Score: A Film Music Documentary

Jaws. Star Wars. Rocky. Indiana Jones. Psycho. James Bond. Batman. The Omen. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s impossible to discuss these landmarks of cinema - among countless others - without mentioning their scores, which continue to resonate to this day. The soundtrack can be seen as the heart of a film, as it possesses the ability to subconsciously elevate or manipulate viewers’ emotions. Score: A Film Music Documentary examines the power that music has in movies.

Virtually every modern name in film scoring provides insight into their process, including: Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight), Danny Elfman (Batman), Trent Reznor (The Social Network), Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road), Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers), Henry Jackman (Captain America: Civil War), Marco Beltrami (Scream), Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead), and Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy), to name a few. Various experts - from filmmaker James Cameron to historians to studio musicians - are also interviewed.

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Human AU Wedding headcanon:

Okay, so Dawn becomes a planner-zilla for Bog and Marianne’s wedding.  They don’t mind though, they just wanna get married.  But Dawn wants everything to be absolutely perfect, down to the very last detail.  She even insists that Marianne wear white, despite neither the bride nor the groom being able to keep a straight face about it.  Horndogs.  XD

Anyway, either as a joke during the rehearsal or, dare I say it, for real during the actual ceremony, Marianne switches the music so she comes walking down the aisle to the “Imperial March” from Star Wars while sporting a Stormtrooper helmet.  By the time she reaches the altar, Bog has already put on his Darth Vader helmet. 

And then we hear Dawn screaming from somewhere:

“OH YOU TWO THINK YOU’RE JUST SO DAMN FUNNY!!!”

MUSIC SCORE REC LIST

music scores will up your motivation and are honestly the best things to listen to when reading or studying, so here’s a giant list I made for anon;

best way to start is to listen to absolutely anything by two steps from hell or audiomachine

there’s way more but that should be a start ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

EDIT: I’ve uploaded these to a playlist on YouTube

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How John Williams is scoring “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

This is totally fascinating! Apparently, Rian Johnson commissioned John Williams to write music in advance of the film editing process so that he could use the music as inspiration as he edits. (Usually a film composer writes music to an already edited picture.)

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On this day in music history: May 30, 1977 - “Star Wars Original Soundtrack” is released. Produced by George Lucas, it is recorded at Anvil Studios in Denham, Buckinghamshire, UK on March 5, 8 - 12, 15 & 16, 1977. With post production on his science fiction epic running behind schedule, director George Lucas goes into the studio with composer John Williams to record the score for the film. With Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, the complex score is recorded in only eight days. Once completed, Lucas feels that the music provides the final missing piece, perfectly underscoring the visuals, and adding an additional emotional dimension and depth that had not been present before. Initially, 20th Century Fox has its doubts about the commercial viability of the grand symphonic score. Though once it is released, the soundtrack album like the film itself is an immediate and unprecedented success. The films “Main Title Theme” (#10 Pop) issued as a single backed with “Cantina Band” (in edited form) and also becomes a major chart hit. The original two LP set (containing seventy five minutes of Williams eighty eight minute score) is lavishly packaged in a gatefold sleeve featuring still photos from the film on the inside, and includes a large fold out poster of a painting by artist John Berkey depicting the battle of the Death Star. Williams score for the film wins three Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Original Film Score in 1978. The soundtrack is remastered and reissued on 180 gram vinyl in 2015, with Sony Classical/Legacy meticulously replicating the original LP packaging and inserts. “Star Wars Original Soundtrack” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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A time log ago, in a galaxy far, far away…the myth began. George Lucas’ Star Wars celebrated its 40th birthday yesterday. NewsHour went to the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. to see how they celebrated this iconic anniversary.

With costumed characters roving the museum – including an R2D2 who followed visitors around – two free screenings of Star Wars: A New Hope in the IMAX theatre and the Barclay Brass playing John Williams’ iconic score for the movie, the museums “The Force at 40” brought out fans in “force.”

Check out this recap of the event from our Snapchat (pbsnews) and Instagram (@newshour).

While I (like most fans) was not a fan of the epilogue, I still enjoyed it, as well as a few earlier scenes, in Deathly Hallows 2 for bringing back the John Williams score from the first few films. It felt like a good way of reminding fans that even though many things had changed throughout the books and films, this was still the same Harry Potter series we’ve all come to know and love.

Anakin’s Fall to the Dark Side || Suite 

The most astounding thing about the music that accompanies Anakin’s fall is how sorrowful it is. Even as his ‘dark deeds’ unfold, Williams’ score is more mournful than ever. We are meant to weep for Anakin and for those who love him. For the Jedi and for the Republic. Because what is happening to this beautiful young man is the manifestation of what has happened—-of what Sidious, and through him, the Dark Side, has done—-to the galaxy itself.

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Han Zimmer talking about the Man of Steel score in relation to the John Williams Score which is pretty insightful