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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (John Williams)

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Re: Attack Of Clones Stinks
• Posted by: Chipster92
• Date: Saturday, July 14, 2007, at 9:05 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Attack Of Clones Stinks (SolarisLem)
Message Edited: Saturday, July 14, 2007, at 9:15 a.m.

> He's right... partly at least. Its a solid score in itself, and a decent
> effort from Williams. BUT compared to the three original scores, this is
> no worthy Star Wars-Soundtrack. Williams made a very good score for
> Episode I (one of the few bright spots in this disappointing movie) which
> structure was not different from the original scores: He revisited some of
> the old themes while inventing new ones for the Sith, the Trade Federation
> and for Anakin. 'Attack of the clones' fails to incoporate most themes
> (old or new) into the new material. 'Duel of the Fates' and the
> Federation-theme were only heard once for example. While there is a
> beautiful love theme and some interestingly dark underscore and action
> material it leaves me out in the cold most of the time. The best part of
> the score are Tracks 12 and 13... 20 Minutes of great Orchestral Music.
> The most unforgivable aspect of the music heard in the film is the fact
> that Williams re-used Minutes and Minutes of the Score from Episode I for
> the final battle sequence. 'The Arena' heard on the CD was also not used.
> Why didn't he wrote any new material for this scene? Whyyyy?

> This fact alone makes Ep.II the worst entry into the Star Wars-Saga in
> Terms of Music.

> Music as heard on CD: *** (some tracks deserve a ****-Rating though)
> Music as heard in the Film: **

Don't blame Williams for the reuse of Episode I music. Blame George Lucas. If you remember back in 2002, Williams had a busy year. He was scoring three movies. Towards the end of the Episode II sessions, he had to leave off of that film and go straight to doing "Minority Report". Lucas was still having editing problems with the Final sequence in Episode II, so that left most of that entire sequence unscored. I bet Williams had planned to score that sequence, but because of his tight scheduele, he wasn't able to. Since Williams had already left to do "Minority Report", The only choice Lucas had was to use tracked-in music from Episode I. I was hoping for the DVD release that they would bring Williams back to rescore the final battle sequence, but alas, no such luck. Strangely enough, this was the same reason why Episode III had a lot of tracked-in music from Episodes I and II: Williams had another busy scheduele. In 2005, he was scoring FOUR movies!

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