John Williams, Star Wars, Awesome
I clearly am a fan of John Williams' music. I love how he's brought so many people who wouldn't be orchestral/classical music lovers to the concert hall (even if it started in a movie theater). Now, I would like to rave about the music for the new Star Wars trailer. For most people, its all about the story, or characters, or special effects, or action, etc... For me, it's all about the music. The first cluster of tones (in the strings) takes us back to those early Stravinsky-esque scenes of which R2 D2 and C3PO wandered the deserts of Tatooine.
Then we get some action music like only a John Williams score can deliver: melodically and harmonically compelling, but I love the orchestration. I love the interplay between the brass, strings, woodwinds (I ESPECIALLY LOVE TO HEAR WOODWINDS SINCE SO MANY FILM COMPOSERS SEEM TO ONLY WRITE FOR CELLOS AND BRASS.........), and percussion. Top to bottom, it is an exciting orchestral epic, just as epic as the trailer itself. The music is compelling in an era of generic trailer music (which I love, but generic nonetheless).
When the Millennium Falcon flies out, we are obviously slammed with the Force Theme, the quintessential melody of the franchise. I'm sure many, many people probably cheered at that moment..I did. I'm so very excited to hear the score for Episode VII...in fact, I may see it a second time and just close my eyes and listen.
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The musings of a composer that also band directs!! ... or maybe it's the other way around..