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

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Just because people don't know it doesn't mean it hasn't to be there
• Posted by: G.K.
• Date: Sunday, April 17, 2005, at 5:35 p.m.
• IP Address: p5494ab51.dip.t-dialin.net
• In Response to: Beg to differ... (Dan)

> 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.

Isn't that a contradiction? On one hand, you say that music is there to tell the story (which is correct of course), but on the other hand you say that no more motifs are really needed.
But isn't the story being told THROUGH (new) motifs?
I don't really like discussing these things before having seen and heard the entire movie, but I agree with the reviewer on filmtracks.

And only because Joe Moviegoer or even musicians can't hum, or don't even know about themes doesn't mean that they don't need to be there.
That's exactly what separates John Williams from all other composers and that's also why Episodes IV, V and VI are head-to-shoulders above everything else: because the music "transcends the movie", as Movie Music put it.
Of course most people don't remember 90 % of the themes he writes, and I'm sure Williams knows that. He could have easily dropped some motifs and saved himself lots of headaches, but he didn't.
And you know why?

Williams didn't care if people remembered his bunch of themes after watching the movie, he wanted his music to evoke feelings during the movie, but he also wanted it to work (tell the story) without the boundaries of sync points.
And that's the difference between Episode II & III and the rest of the saga.




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