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Star Wars Music Minute

Mar 28, 2022

Samantha Tripp returns to the show to discuss part 2 of The Battle of Yavin (A New Hope minutes 111-115).

Discussion Guide:

  • 00:00 - Hello there!
  • 10:54 - A poignant fanfare.
  • 18:43 - Star Wars metal music.
  • 21:10 - Mic'ing and editing orchestras.
  • 31:39 - Concert rituals.
  • 37:08 - Pet peeve with lightsaber bows.
  • 45:38 - Awkward flute writing.
  • 52:53 - John Williams's history as a piano player and orchestral musician.
  • 1:01:21 - How John Williams plays with building tension during the trench run. Overarching ascending trajectory.
  • 1:06:53 - Brighter orchestral tone in the original trilogy.
  • 1:08:58 - SWMM Questionnaire
  • - Goodbyes

Things Mentioned:

Soundtrack: "The Battle Of Yavin (Launch From The Fourth Moon/X-Wings Draw Fire/Use The Force")

STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE (this is Samantha's second time answering it):

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

  • Powerful, evocative, grandiose

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

  • Solo season answer: Musician stories from recording the sequel films, particularly The Rise of Skywalker. What is it like sitting in the orchestra, hearing those themes, and trying to make connections in the film ahead of time?
  • New answer: What was it like for the musicians recording the original trilogy, particularly the first film? Did they realize that they were playing something so iconic? Did they realize the impact that the music would have as they were playing it?

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

  • Solo season answer: The Shape of Water (composed by Alexandre Desplat)
  • New answer: Spider-Man: No Way Home (composed by Michael Giacchino)

Samantha Tripp:

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  • Check out Samantha's other episode on SWMM: Solo 3: Imperial March Diegesis -
  • Samantha will be teaching a course on Star Wars music through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University soon.


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