Just as iconic as the lightsabers and spaceships, John Williams’ scores have become integral parts of the Star Wars films from the beginning. Following the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens as well, there have already been many discussions from fans of the franchise about the newest film’s score, and how it holds up next to the previous six.
Personally, as someone who has listened to Episode VII‘s soundtrack countless times at this point, I think it’s kind of perfect for the movie with the obvious standout track being “Rey’s Theme”.
In a new featurette for the film as well titled, “The Sound of a Galaxy“, Williams himself goes into his process of scoring the film and you even get to see Daisy Ridley’s real reaction to hearing her character’s theme song for the first time. Check it out below:
When talking about “Rey’s Theme” in specific, Williams said the following:
“Rey, her theme has a musical grammar that is not heroic. It’s kind of an adventure theme that maybe promises more than resolving itself in the most major, triumphant resolutions. … Rey’s theme needs to illustrate [empathy].”
Aside from that individual piece, the score itself stands alone fairly well in my opinion, and much like the film, has traces and notes of past scores and soundtracks hidden and sprinkled throughout almost every moment of the film, something that I kind of love honestly. There’s no word on if Williams will be returning to score Episode VIII or not, but here’s to hoping the musical and cinematic legend isn’t done with the Star Wars franchise quite yet.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is in theatres now and if you haven’t seen it yet, then that’s your own damn fault.
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