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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (John Williams)

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Beg to differ...
• Posted by: Dan
• Date: Sunday, April 17, 2005, at 3:35 p.m.
• IP Address: cache03.nyc.untd.com

While the review at hand is a good reference point, I personally do not think it should be used as a guideline until one has heard the score and seen the movie. Unfortunately, comparing Williams' prequel music to the music from the original Star Wars series is a futile effort. The reason? Because while both have their strong points, weak points exist. The strong points from the originals: Thematic material. Strong points from the prequels: Some themes, but mostly background music.

However, as always, Williams' has many motifs that play during the background pieces which make them (almost) pieces unto themselves. But, that is more correct of his newer movies. While the old ones have excellent underlying scores, the material lacks some sort of motif. Everyone will view this point differently, but from the perspective of a composer, I'd have to say that as far as background material is concerned, Williams has outdone himself.

As for thematic material, it's true that there aren't many new themes. But my question is: Does there really need to be? In Episode I, he was re-introducing us to the Star Wars universe, so many new themes needed to be written. As Episode II came around, the musical style needed to change, but there really was no new material that needed addressing (with the exception of the Love Theme). Enter Episode III. While new styles and motifs are needed, there is no justifiable reason to say that "The thematic material needed to be much more". I'm not saying I wouldn't have minded many new themes to whistle or play, but to add any more new material would be overdoing it. The object of music in movies is to evoke emotion and tell the story. I think that it is possible to do that without a barrage of new themes.

And, if you think about it, how many people (general public) go around humming the ewok's theme? Or for that matter, Luke and Leia? The latter was actually only used in the film as an underscore piece. Most fans (who don't pay a lot of attention to music) wouldn't even know it existed. Heck, there are musicians who don't know about it.

All I am saying is, to say that most fans will be disappointed (and this isn't the only review to say it) would be jumping to conclusions that we won't have answers to for another month. While I do realize that some music fans might feel cheated, most of us will enjoy hearing the new ways in which John Williams has again transported us to a "galaxy far, far away".




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