This blog post has been at the draft stage for a few weeks now, but before anything leaks, I think it’s time to put it out there, especially since a quick snipped about John Boyega attending a scoring session of The Force Awakens soundtrack has emerged online:
Ask any group of Star Wars fans what they enjoy most about the Star Wars saga, and you’re sure to get at least a few people saying that John Williams’ work is their favorite part of the movies. With such iconic cues like the Main Title, Imperial March, Rebel Fanfare, Duel of the Fates, and Battle of Heroes, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who can’t identify Star Wars music, whether they’re fans of the movies or not.
When the full trailer dropped a couple weeks ago, we were treated to tons of new visuals and given a smattering of dialogue. But we also heard some familiar tunes, rearranged either specifically for the trailer, or that might also appear in the film. The rearrangement of both Leia’s and The Force’s theme were amazing, even if it wasn’t John Williams’ work. It all got me thinking about some of the familiar, and new music we’re bound to hear come December 17, or 18, depending on when you get to see the movie (or if you fly Air France on December 14th you lucky dog).
So let’s take a half-baked stab at some of the themes and cues that we’re bound to hear based on what we think is known about the film so far. I’m not trying to line them up in the order in which we hear them, I just want to get them listed.
There’s spoilery things in the titles below, so tread carefully if you’re sensitive to such things.
- Rey’s theme
- Finn’s theme – confirmed, right?
- Kylo Ren’s theme
- C-3P0, R2D2 theme
- BB-8’s theme
- Supreme Leader Snoke’s theme
- Leia & Han’s theme – revisited
- The Force / Obi-Wan’s theme – revisited
- Luke’s theme – revisited
- Theme for Maz Kanata’s lair
- Flying through Star Destroyer wreckage
- Skirmish with pirates/thugs
- First Order March
- Jakku village
- Massacre on Jakku
- Flashback sequence / Knights of Ren
- Starkiller base reveal / Starkiller base does its thing
- Speeder chase
- Final battle sequence
- Death of somebody Star Wars fans love
- Kylo vs Finn
- Celebration / Medal ceremony – revisited
Obviously there’s a lot of classic themes that John Williams will have to weave in to the soundtrack, but in an updated form. From what is being said from those who have heard the music, John Williams has outdone himself, which is an insanely high bar to set. I probably listen to the soundtracks more than I watch the movies these days, so to say that I’m looking forward to the release of the soundtrack is an understatement!
Feel free to let me know via the comments below, or at @tumblingsaber what else you think we may hear (or not hear) in The Force Awakens.