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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Music That Matters: Top 50 Movie Symphonies (#27 Across The Stars by John Williams)

When George Lucas announced that the second Star Wars prequel was going to be a love story, I was okay with that as long as it would be done right and advance the story. Unfortunately, Hayden Christiansen and Natalie Portman's chemistry was very cold on screen besides the fact that the dialogue they were given to work might have been written by a teenager. Thank God their chemistry improved on the final Star Wars Film, Revenge Of The Sith!

The big question before the movie premiered was what kind of love-themed melody would John Williams come up with for the film? Would it be soft and sweet like the Luke and Leia theme from Return Of The Jedi, or be powerful and grand like the theme from Saving Private Ryan? Williams actually combined both soft and epic to create an outstanding piece of music that could also best serve the wedding of a science fiction geek and his prized wife. The theme is called Across The Stars (Love Theme From Attack Of The Clones) and is associated with the forbidden love between Anakin and Padme. The song begins slowly and then Waa Laa! the violins start playing in faster tempo making it sound fit to be a Star Wars theme! Man I only wish I can remember what I learned in the Music Theory night class I took as a sophomore at New Paltz to use better terminology for these articles. Thanks to Wikipedia, I can inform you that the song was written in D Minor, but changes keys throughout the song. Another movie masterpiece by the king of movie scores, John Williams.

Ladies and gentlemen... #27 Across The Stars from Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones from John Williams

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