Welcome to 31 Days of Star Wars! As this is a new blog I thought this would be the perfect way for you to get to know me a bit by answering a different question about my Star Wars preferences each day in March. Today’s subject is…
Favourite Piece of Music
Again, I have chosen to stick to the musical scores from the films, although I absolutely love the work of Kevin Kiner on The Clone Wars and Rebels!
I have also decided to cheat a little here because people who read yesterday’s article may already have guessed my pick here to be John Williams’ “Duel of the Fates”. The music itself is great but the use of a choir as well takes the piece to new levels and works so well with the action on screen. To me, it is instantly recognisable when the music starts and I often find myself able to picture much of what is happening on screen. I love as well how the music then features in Attack of the Clones as Anakin searches for his mother and Anakin’s battle with Obi-Wan at the end of Revenge of the Sith features a piece that bears some similarities to this, albeit in a much more tragic sense.
I have also decided to pick a piece from Rogue One: Michael Giacchino’s “Hope”. Like Duel of the Fates, Hope is another piece where I can just picture the action in my mind, Vader igniting his lightsaber and making his way through the Rebel troopers in that hallway scene. It sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place in a horror film but also links to Vader so well as it sounds like a slowed down version of Williams’ “Imperial March”, with the original “Imperial March” coming in as Vader watches the Tantive IV escape.
The first time I watched Rogue One, I found the music quite jarring and didn’t feel that it sounded like Star Wars. However after hearing a podcast with David Collins breaking it down and then watching the film again, I have come to really enjoy the score and it is probably one of my favourite Star Wars scores.
Which is your favourite piece of Star Wars music? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and May the Force be with you…