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Star Wars Music Minute

Apr 29, 2022

Minutes 46-50 of Solo: A Star Wars Story with James Hewlett from Live Action Star Wars! Today, we're talking about musical pivot points, the operatic nature of Solo, the romantic Han and Qi'ra theme, and some new stormtrooper karaoke headcanon.

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 08:35 - Is the music for Han and Qi'ra too romantic and sentimental?
  • 11:20 - Han Solo as an opera or musical. The music flexibly goes with the drama.
  • 17:57 - Dialogue mixing.
  • 22:05 - Fuzzy diegetic/non-diegetic boundary.
  • 25:38 - Stormtrooper karaoke + flute headcanon.
  • 30:12 - Ominous music paired with polite dialogue.
  • 34:00 - Dies Irae when Dryden gets angry and says "Trust me?" (Paging Alex Ludwig.)
  • 49:00 - Beckett says "we will simply steal it from somewhere else" lmao
  • 52:15 - Listen for the way the music flatlines when Han mentions unrefined coaxium.
  • 55:56 - Pattern recognition and why musical themes slip under the radar sometimes.
  • 59:30 - Final thoughts about the music and sound of Solo minutes 46-50.
  • 1:03:15 - SWMM Questionnaire

Things to Check Out:

  • Star Wars the High Republic: Mission to Disaster (by Justina Ireland)
  • Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman):

Musical Themes:

  • 4. Han & Q'ira
  • 3. Secrets
  • possible Dies Irae
  • 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW)

Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?:

  • "Han & Qi'Ra Reunite (3M19)"
  • "Stormtrooper JP-054 Karaoke (3M20S)"
  • "Dryden's Patience Is Tested (3M21-22-23)"



1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like?

  • Triumph. Thrill. Happiness.

2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about?

  • The music that Chass na Chadic (B-wing pilot from Alphabet Squadron) listens to.

3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars?

  • Dope (2015)
  • The Social Network (composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) (2010)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)


Guest: James Hewlett


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