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John Williams' Kenobi theme performed in Anaheim

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John Williams' Kenobi theme performed in Anaheim   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (2:18 p.m.) 

For the Star Wars Celebration convention/event

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vNCulbijc-0


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Re: John Williams' Kenobi theme performed in Anaheim   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (3:14 p.m.) 

Wow, what a surprise, it's great!

Glad to see the maestro still kicking at 90, and excited to see where Natalie Holt takes this one.


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Re: John Williams' Kenobi theme performed in Anaheim   Friday, May 27, 2022 (12:05 a.m.) 

> Wow, what a surprise, it's great!

> Glad to see the maestro still kicking at 90, and excited to see where
> Natalie Holt takes this one.

> Glad to see the maestro still kicking at 90, and excited to see where Natalie Holt takes this one.

Natalie Holt doesn't take it anywhere. I thought she had done a good job arranging it and making it elegantly fit the scenes, until I saw that William Ross is credited for adapting it for the score. Sadly Holt's material is jungle drums and bashing and the two really don't merge together well. It's no better nor worse than most TV ostinato chopping but it just seems a lot of modern composers cannot pull off that elegant classic sound.


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Hello there! [EDITED]   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (3:19 p.m.) 

> For the Star Wars Celebration convention/event

> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vNCulbijc-0

It's a long suite!

Like a lot of modern Williams SW themes, not quite the catchiest of melodies on first listen. Beginning of the theme sounds a bit like the Desperation/Retreat theme from Last Jedi, feels like there's a hint of the Force theme in moments too. The one repeating phrase that emerges around 2:25 feels like classic prequel trilogy Williams, so that's pretty neat! And the way the theme resolves at the end of the suite...oh that's good.

Excited to hear what Holt does with it.

ETA: It's occurred to me that if Williams is 90, that means A New Hope (1977) was released when he was 45. Which means he's now been writing new Star Wars music for over half his lifetime.


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Re: Hello there!   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (4:23 p.m.) 

> It's a long suite!

> Like a lot of modern Williams SW themes, not quite the catchiest of
> melodies on first listen.

Hm, I found Rey’s, The Adventures of Han, and the March of the Resistance to be extremely catchy from the first listen.

Beginning of the theme sounds a bit like the
> Desperation/Retreat theme from Last Jedi, feels like there's a hint of the
> Force theme in moments too. The one repeating phrase that emerges around
> 2:25 feels like classic prequel trilogy Williams, so that's pretty neat!
> And the way the theme resolves at the end of the suite...oh that's good.

> Excited to hear what Holt does with it.

Yes! With DC’s Batgirl next year, she’s having a hell of a mainstream debut.

> ETA: It's occurred to me that if Williams is 90, that means A New Hope
> (1977) was released when he was 45. Which means he's now been writing new
> Star Wars music for over half his lifetime.

Middle aged John Williams is legitimately hard for me to imagine.


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Re: Hello there!   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (5:53 p.m.) 

> Hm, I found Rey’s, The Adventures of Han, and the March of the Resistance
> to be extremely catchy from the first listen.

It took me at least a week to latch onto Rey's theme.

> Middle aged John Williams is legitimately hard for me to imagine.

I've seen the footage, I can believe it. However, I cannot imagine Young John Williams (who was probably scored by Bruce Broughton)


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Re: Hello there!   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (6:09 p.m.) 

> It took me at least a week to latch onto Rey's theme.

I suppose I should add a *citation that I heard it first when I was thirteen or so. Very foundational for me, it was one of the twenty tracks I added to my very first Spotify playlist.

> I've seen the footage, I can believe it. However, I cannot imagine Young
> John Williams (who was probably scored by Bruce Broughton)

Haha!


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Re: John Williams' Kenobi theme performed in Anaheim   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (3:58 p.m.) 

> For the Star Wars Celebration convention/event

> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vNCulbijc-0

I like it. It sort of seems to be floating in the space between Qui-Gon's theme from Phantom Menace and the Force Theme, which of course was originally called 'Ben's Theme' in the liner notes for the original '77 Star Wars album. It's a clever piece of musical linkage - original master in TPM to Jedi Master here to 'old Ben' and the Force in ANH. Reminds me of how he played around with the last few notes of the Imperial March when he wrote Anakin's Theme.


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John Williams' Kenobi theme performed in Anaheim   Thursday, May 26, 2022 (4:20 p.m.) 

I like what I hear- it’s particularly interesting to hear Williams’ back in “prequel mode” again, what with the Nixon-esq darker touches, and lots of those sustained bits of string based melancholy.


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