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Star Wars Music Minute

Jul 22, 2022

Suzen Tekla Kruglnska is here with me to discuss minutes 106-110 of Solo: A Star Wars Story! We talk about auditory illusions, the coaxium motif, John Powell's flowing scene transitions, and a potentially awkward music edit.

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 04:13 - Beckett's "wheel spinning" music.
  • 08:33 - Cliche or trope? In the ear of the beholder.
  • 16:36 - Is there an abrupt edit here?
  • 26:53 - Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos.
  • 34:33 - Dryden is a villain. Why doesn't he have a musical theme?
  • 45:46 - Everybody's faking it!
  • 53:50 - Coaxium motif at the beginning of "Double Double Cross"
  • 1:06:34 - Bernard Herrmann over Jaws.
  • 1:12:31 - DSCH, Dies Irae motif (hi, Alex Ludwig), people holding axes in movies.
  • 1:20:58 - Ta-da music during the big reveal.
  • 1:27:57 - A spot where the music gets playful.
  • 1:33:27 - Suzen's final thoughts about Solo and Star Wars music in general.
  • 1:41:31 - SWMM Questionnaire

Things Mentioned:

Musical Themes:

  • 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW)
  • 3. Secrets
  • 4. Han & Q'ira
  • 5. The Gang
  • Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars (by Frank Lehman):

Where are we in the soundtrack(s)?:

  • "Qi'Ra Knows a Bit More Than Han (6M36-37-38)"
  • "The Good Guy"
  • Beginning of "Double-Double Cross (6M39-40)"



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

  • Droids. Flight. Pew.

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

  • How do they come up with the sound of alien languages?

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

  • Rosemary's Baby (composed by Krzysztof Komeda)


Guest: Suzen Tekla Kruglnska


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