Reblogging to get all my writing easily accessible in one place! I wrote this for Funk’s House of Geekery some time ago.
John Williams’ work for Star Wars is amongst his most acclaimed. Thanks to his use of leitmotif (recurring themes for characters; a particularly Romantic tradition and perfect for film scoring), there’s little of his work generally that isn’t instantly recognisable. Every score he turned out for the series is musically brilliant, and extremely accessible to the casual listener, and whilst I found it easy to decide which score I think is the best, it was the lower rankings I found more difficult. How do you decide which of 7 wonderful works to put last? Actually, I found that easy too. Maybe this wasn’t so hard after all.
7. The Force Awakens
Part of the joy of The Force Awakens was sitting in the cinema and having that familiar opening chord strike out loudly from giant cinema speakers. But by the end of the opening crawl, I knew something wasn’t quite the…
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