Starstruck melodies: The iconic music of ‘Star Wars’

Music in the "Star Wars" movies is as iconic as the characters themselves. / Image courtesy of starwars.com

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Star Wars?
Most people think immediately of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and all of the other visual cues that have become associated with the famed franchise. But there’s another key part of the films that makes them so memorable: John Williams’ fantastic soundtrack.
From the brass-filled Main Theme to the ominous Imperial March, the music of Star Wars has become one of the most well-known and loved film scores. Few other soundtracks have become so iconic. Every melody corresponds perfectly with the films’ emotional tone, at times blending in so perfectly that its musical masterpiece isn’t even noticeable.
The opening fanfare heralds the legacy of the entire Star Wars franchise; it’s heard throughout every film of the series but is featured in its full orchestral splendor at the start of each film.
Of course, the other familiar theme is the Imperial March that signifies the evil Empire and all that it stands for. According to Film Music Notes, the March is deliberately written using an irregular combination of chords, which creates the edgy dissonance that makes the tune so memorable.
Another prominent but less well-known motif is the “Force theme,” usually heard when the Force is mentioned or used. Though not recognized in pop culture as much as the other two themes, the unique motif is resplendent throughout every movie’s score and is possibly the most moving and inspiring theme of the Star Wars series.
The “Star Wars” soundtracks, in a sense, have become the essence of the franchise. It’s not really “Star Wars” without the fantastic music! John Williams will return to compose and conduct the score of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” leaving fans of his music eagerly awaiting another addition to the Star Wars soundtrack collection.
Looks like the music really does make the movie, and so much more.

 Logan A. White is a home-schooled sophomore and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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