George Lucas’ original plan – as the story goes – was to use existing classical pieces as the score for Star Wars. Steven Spielberg talked him into using John Williams, and the rest is history.
Williams’ score is so very important to Star Wars. The score helps convey the emotion of the characters. The memorable themes he composed for our heroes as well as the villains instantly conjure up visions of the films in our minds when we hear them. Everyone recognizes the main theme and the Imperial March. Yoda’s Theme is one of my favorite pieces. The music transports us to that galaxy far, far away.
Not only was John Williams’ score (which he won an Oscar for) important to Star Wars, it was important to film in general. It helped usher in a new era of classical scores for films. Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Michael Kamen, and others may have never scored some of our other favorite films of the last 30 years if it hadn’t been for the success of John Williams’ classical Star Wars score.
A few years ago, we were fortunate to appear as members of the 501st at “Star Wars in Concert”, and had the opportunity to hear a live orchestra play music from all 6 (at the time) Star Wars films, while clips from the films were projected on-screen. Hearing the music played live was an experience every Star Wars fan should have! It was amazing, and the emotions that the music itself conveyed were very powerful. If SWIC ever goes back on tour, I’ll be sure to catch it again.
I listen to the Star Wars soundtracks often. For me, it’s a great way to relax after a rough day. Like the films themselves, the soundtracks are timeless. I’m very, VERY excited to hear what Mr. Williams has up his sleeve when STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens in theaters this December!