What The Force Theme Means To The Star Wars Saga | Musical BST With Peti

Hi, and good day to all, my name is Peter, or Peti for short, and I want to talk a little about the Force theme from Star Wars. I won’t be analysing it deeply because there
are many great write-ups of it already, I’ll make sure to link them in the descriptions
as they are worth reading. What I wanted to do instead is to share some
of my favourite examples with the pictures they were in, with the score isolated. This way you can focus on the music while
still seeing what’s going on (on screen) in the movie. Let’s get right to it! I want to start with a bang, and this certainly
will be that. The force theme may be the most used series
of notes in the history of cinema spanning almost 40 years and 7 movies, only rivalled
by James Bond, or Doctor Who and Star Trek, if you count TV. One reason for this is that it’s a kind
of glue that holds all of the films together, like the Force itself that it represents. It’s one of the most versatile pieces of
music that can be applied to many moods. This first example will be a militaristic
one with awesome brass work throughout, the trumpet plays a nice counter melody to
emphasize the urgency and epic nature of the opening, and even the woodwinds join the party
in a few places to emphasize the whirling and twirling of the two Jedi Starfighters. It instantly defines that the Jedi heroes
have arrived and they’re ready to kick ass. Now let’s talk about a classic! This represents the opposite spectrum, the
mystique and larger-than-life quality of the Force. It’s a favourite of mine because it instantly
gets me interested in the mythology no matter how many times I listen to it. And it never finishes properly so the tension
of it only gets resolved later. This next one is from Episode I, and think
all you want about the prequels, the music still remains an absolute high point for me,
this example ticks all the boxes. It’s epic, badass, and at the same time
elegant, it elevates the scene it’s in, and it even has the base motif of Duel of
the Fates dancing around in the orchestra, which is always nice. With another bombastic rendition out of the
way let’s return to quieter waters with Yoda & The Force from Episode V. These 4 examples
could already show you the genius of Williams, how two action renditions can sound so different
from each other, and also how they can differ from two mystical renditions while still remaining
appropriate for the scenes they are in. Wow, that was a hard sentence for me to read
out loud. Let’s hear it while Yoda mutely explains
the nature of the Force to Luke: Now let’s look at one or two pieces from
Episode VII. I have to state that I absolutely love the
whole score and I do not agree with most of the criticism that was pointed towards it. I won’t make arguments here, this video
is not for that, just wanted to state my view on it. There will be spoilers for Episode VII if
I need to state that too. For my first example I’m gonna cheat a little,
because one particular scene that featured the Force theme was actually from Episode
IV, here’s what I mean: This was a strange, but a quite nice sounding
choice, I even smiled a little in the cinema when I recognized it. It definitely connects Luke and Rey directly,
as this was the point in Episode IV where Luke had to make the “choice” of becoming
a Jedi, and the point where Rey actually had to make a similar one. I don’t know if it was an intentional choice
or they just really loved the temp track, but it worked out for them, another bit of
nostalgia! The next example is also from this scene,
but later on. It has such great power. As you will hear it’s not complete, it skips
a portion to go higher and higher, bursting out while they’re struggling as hard as
they can. I must commend the brass work here as this
sounds raw and epic at the same time; it’s not as elegant as the two highly trained Jedi
in their Starfighters whirling through space but just as effective in this particular scene. After almost 40 years we still hear newer
and newer variations of it and it can still sound fresh, at least for me, I hope some
of you who watch this will agree. One more interesting thing about the Force
theme in Episode VII I’d like to share is its connection to Rey’s. She’s got the greatest musical development throughout the
film and her music is actually harmonically aligned with the Force theme, hinting at her
strong connection to it. Listen to this segment from the end credits
how well they work together. Now that we’re done with that, let’s turn
back to Episode II. If you’re somewhat familiar with the music
of Star Wars, you might say where’s the binary sunset? Interestingly enough, there’s no real concert
version of the complete theme yet, so that kind of became The Definitive Orchestration. The example I’m about to show you is close
to that in orchestration, but it cleverly never finishes and turns into Duel of the
Fates as Anakin goes on a hunt to rescue his kidnapped mother. The inclusion of Duel of the Fates was an
odd choice here, it felt out of place for a lot of people: If you’re still with me that means you have
found my voice tolerable, which is always nice, or better, found these little snippets
of one of the greatest theme of all time worth listening to despite my voice! Let’s celebrate this with something a bit
different! Star Wars as a franchise has grown big over
those 40 years. And I mean BIG! You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely,
mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down
the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to Star Wars. So it’s no surprise that other media
have tried to deepen the lore over the years. One of this was the computer animated version
of the Clone Wars. It had a different composer, Kevin Kiner,
who used the original Star Wars themes scarcely during the show’s runtime. So whenever you heard one it really stood
out. I want to show you one of these examples from
Season 5: I love this little snippet as it adds much
needed depth to the scene, you immediately know that the situation is serious and in
need of some Jedi heroism, and it actually shows Ahsoka’s growth as said hero. The cinematography of the scene is just lovely,
the shot selections coupled with the music really drives the mood. And lastly, it mirrors the opening of Episode
III where Anakin had to rescue His master when he was swarmed by the buzz droids. I think this is a great moment to finish the
video, but first, to make it a full circle, I’d like to share my absolute favourite
rendition, Light of the Force, the soundtrack edition. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I loved
making this, and if I can be as corny as possible: May the Force be with you all!

3 thoughts on “What The Force Theme Means To The Star Wars Saga | Musical BST With Peti

  1. Hello everyone, I hope this video is interesting for you all. Turn on cc if my accent is a little incomprehensible to you (I'm working on it!)
    All the love for John Williams of course, without whom this video would not be possible and the Star Wars saga would shine a lot less.


  2. Really excellent break down. Truly underwatched for the effort you put into this. I don't even know how I found this video. But I am glad I did. Thank you @Khronos Studios

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