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

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Re: Re-scoring Episode IV
• Posted by: Lux   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, May 27, 2002, at 1:55 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Re-scoring Episode IV (erik mulder)

> That's nonsense. ANH has arguably the best Star Wars score. Only replacing
> the old imperial theme is not a good idea either. If it ceases to exist
> there would be no good connection left with the battledroid music (note
> that they are very much alike). Indirectly, this droid army is the
> imperial army, as it was co-responsible for the imperial takeover.

> This is also the reason why the battledroid fanfare was heard in it's full
> glory when Ben sees the clones (stormtroopers in spe) in AOTC.

I disagree. ANH is definitely not the best star wars score. It's definitely great, but Empire is definitely equal if not better. But that's not the point I want to make.

It was made very clear in Episode II, that both as Darth Vader's theme AND as the Imperial March, they are trying to musically connect the sagas. That old imperial theme just ruins the flow. ESPECIALLY the absence of it used as Darth Vader's theme. I have listened to the soundtrack of A New Hope recently, and tried to imagine each instance of that theme being replaced with the current Imperial March, and they're about the same length, and if done properly, could be fit in seamlessly and tie the saga together better.

And that old theme only VAGUELY sounds like the Federation march. I didn't think it made a whole lot of sense to use the federation march when obi-wan saw the droids, but it was too early in the movie to use the imperial march. could kind of call that a general army when you get down to it, the same guys are behind both armies anyway. But you know, a lot of themes, when they work right have been used in places where they don't make sense. Most obvious is the Yoda theme during the droid foundry...but let's not get into that whole editing disaster. I'm referring to more like, Yoda's theme in the "Luke it's a trap!" scene from empire...or Leia's theme when Ben dies. They worked for the scenes..but did not involve those characters.

Anyway...even if the old imperial theme isn't COMPLETELY would still be good SOMEWHERE once or twice to include the imperial march. Just for a couple of Vader moments, and a couple of Death Star moments. It would blend the saga together better which is what George wants to do. And the music is the best way to do that.

There's also rumors of adding more scenes to all three movies for the DVD release..but you know...who know's what that's gonna mean.

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