Feb 21, 2022
Guest: Dan Golding
Composer, writer, and Art of the Score podcast co-host Dan
Golding joins me in a breakdown of the music in Star Wars: A New
Hope minutes 86-90. While Luke and Leia swing across the chasm
crossfire (after a kiss "for luck"), John Williams's swashbuckling,
unabashedly heroic rendition of Luke Skywalker's theme plays -- B
section included! In this episode, we talk about the throwback
nature of this particular cue, "Mickey Mousing" vs " composing to
frame," the underrated Imperial motif, musical onomatopoeia,
orchestration magic (vibraphone and flutes have a moment), and so
- 00:00 - Hello there!
- 40:10 - musical onomatopoeia
- 43:36 - Is John Williams "Mickey Mouse-ing" here?
- 52:33 - Underrated Imperial motif.
- 1:04:17 - slide analogy
- 1:15:00 - First time hearing the B part of the Main Theme since
the opening crawl.
- 1:35:06 - Thinking of Marion's Theme
- 1:42:15 - Cat bomb.
- 1:51:55 - SWMM Questionnaire
- 1a. Main Theme (A Section)
- 6b. Imperials (Ostinato)
- 6a. Imperials (Motif)
- 5) Imperial Troops Ostinato
- 1b. Main Theme (B Section)
- 4. Leia
- Note: I use the theme names and numbers established in Frank
Lehman's Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars. I
highly recommend this resource, which you can download for free at
his website: https://franklehman.com/starwars/.
- "The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire" (track almost ends)
- "Rescue of the Princess" (track almost ends)
STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE:
1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like?
2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you
want to learn more about?
- Given all the new directions that various Star Wars scores have
gone since John Williams was at the helm (ex. Solo: A Star Wars
Story, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, etc), will we ever
return to the original sort of orchestral sound? If so, how will we
get there? It takes a specific set of talents to make this kind of
music. Trying new things is great, but will Star Wars ever be able
to return to the sound in that same way?
3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything
- Vertigo (composed by Bernard Herrmann)