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