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

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• Posted by: Ben Wiles   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, November 9, 2002, at 2:06 a.m.
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First - sorry if you find that this posting 'shouldn't be here' - but since there is no link for this score - i chose to post it here.


Since this is 'British' film, with a British author, the UK premiere was held on the 3rd November, while I saw the first national preivew on friday 8/11/02, 5:15pm GMT. John Williams did the score (of course). Since this film is drastically different from the first movie (which coincidentally is called "The Philisopher's stone here, unlike in USA where it is called the "sorcerer's stone", get's me why...), the score is also drastically different. You will however recognise a lot of the music - just as in Star Wars, John recalls and rescores a lot of the original music, while creating new material. One thing i did notice was that someone (i forget the name) was accredited with 'adapting and editing' the music in the end credits right after JW was with the music. This probably means he was busy working on other projects and someone was hired to adapt some of the original music to 'fill in the gaps' - after all, it is 2 hours and 40 minutes long (161 minutes). One thing i liked however - in the first movie and first soundtrack, there is different music for the diagon alley sequence, on soundtrack, it is almost like 'source music', but isnt on the final film. This 'source music' DOES find its way into this film's diagon alley sequence. The 'Chess Game' even makes a brief comeback at a tense part of the film. The ending takes place in the hall, but the music from the end train sequence from the first movie comes back to signal a triumphant moment - if you've read the book, you should know what that is. Anyhow - the Quidditch game is the same in music wise, except without the first minute and a half of music, and is a lot faster and tense - im looking to buy this soundtrack already. Oh, you should recognise the 'Christmas music' (A Change of Season) which comes back - this might be a slice of what is to come, just as we've come to expect from JW - throughly fitting for the film, and a great listen.
PS - if you do go to watch the film - stay right until the credits have finished -you'll be rewarded with a short snippit of extra film, which i though was funny and ironic for the character who is in it.

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