Main Title: John Williams (Texture (Inverted tonic pedal in the…
Main Title: John Williams
The main star wars theme is made up of two ideas
The opening three bars use a combination of gestures commonly associated with fanfares.
William's melody's are memorable, and are an important factor in the success of his scores.
Inverted tonic pedal in the introduction and during the first playing of the playing of the Main Title theme.
Ostinarto textures 51 -60
Dominant pedal form bars 12 -15
A variety of pedal textures are used in this extract
This extract is dominated by various types of homophonic texture.
John Williams born in 1932 in America.
He is widely considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time.
has an AABA shape
The structure of this extract is intended to match and reinforce the opening section of the film.
More complex chords and progressions are used.
There are few conventional cadence points.
Major and minor chord, mostly i root position and first inversions.
The harmony is predominantly tonal
More complex chords and much more dissonance make some of the passage from 41 - 60 almost A tonal.
The extract is in clear Bb major for the first 29 bars.
The music from bar 42 on wards is more based around the note C, often heard as a bass pedal.
At bar 36 the music modulates C Major.
Performing Forces and their handling
Relatively few uses of solo timbres or lighter textures.
It uses a full symphony orchestra.
Rhythm, tempo and metre
The metre changes to triple time in bar 44.
The opening bars uses rhythmic gestures typically found in fanfares.
The 4/4 metre and the march style also reflects the "military" nature of the wars between the rebels and the imperial forces.
The fast tempo chosen for the opening section of this extract matches the mood and genre of the film.