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    The Phantom Menace premiered 20 years ago! What's your favorite part?

    The Phantom Menace premiered 20 years ago! What's your favorite part?

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    "Anakin's Theme" from The Phantom Menace // Composed by John Williams •
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Happy 20th Anniversary to "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"! Today not only marks the 20th anniversary to the beginning of the Prequel Trilogy, but it is also the anniversary of the first time we had the opportunity to see my favorite character of all time, Anakin Skywalker, in a completely different light. We don't just get to see WHO is behind the infamous mask of Dark Vader, but we get to see WHY he is buried within Darkness by the time we reach the Original Trilogy. "The Phantom Menace" is the first step in uncovering that "why", so therefore, I decided to talk about none other than "Anakin's Theme" today. "Anakin's Theme" is three minutes of musical foreshadowing, and while a great deal of this foreshadowing is highly obvious, much of it is more subtle. As you can clearly hear in the excerpt above, the light, innocent tune of "Anakin's Theme" descends into "The Imperial March" at the end of each phrase and at the piece's conclusion, though what many don't realize is just how much Vader's infamous theme is present in this piece. "Anakin's Theme" very strongly mimics the chord structure of "The Imperial March". This element of Darkness is woven throughout the fabric of the entire piece, not entirely evident, but simmering underneath all the same, much like how the Dark Side was constantly simmering within Anakin. However, not only is Vader's theme woven into this piece, but even more subtle are hints of the Force theme as well, also present in the chord structure and many intervals within the piece. So not only is John Williams foreshadowing Anakin's descent into Darkness, but he manages to convey the tug and pull between Light and Dark, the theme of Balance perhaps, by putting the two themes at odds with eachother within "Anakin's Theme".
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    "Anakin's Theme" from The Phantom Menace // Composed by John Williams •
    ~
    Happy 20th Anniversary to "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"! Today not only marks the 20th anniversary to the beginning of the Prequel Trilogy, but it is also the anniversary of the first time we had the opportunity to see my favorite character of all time, Anakin Skywalker, in a completely different light. We don't just get to see WHO is behind the infamous mask of Dark Vader, but we get to see WHY he is buried within Darkness by the time we reach the Original Trilogy. "The Phantom Menace" is the first step in uncovering that "why", so therefore, I decided to talk about none other than "Anakin's Theme" today. "Anakin's Theme" is three minutes of musical foreshadowing, and while a great deal of this foreshadowing is highly obvious, much of it is more subtle. As you can clearly hear in the excerpt above, the light, innocent tune of "Anakin's Theme" descends into "The Imperial March" at the end of each phrase and at the piece's conclusion, though what many don't realize is just how much Vader's infamous theme is present in this piece. "Anakin's Theme" very strongly mimics the chord structure of "The Imperial March". This element of Darkness is woven throughout the fabric of the entire piece, not entirely evident, but simmering underneath all the same, much like how the Dark Side was constantly simmering within Anakin. However, not only is Vader's theme woven into this piece, but even more subtle are hints of the Force theme as well, also present in the chord structure and many intervals within the piece. So not only is John Williams foreshadowing Anakin's descent into Darkness, but he manages to convey the tug and pull between Light and Dark, the theme of Balance perhaps, by putting the two themes at odds with eachother within "Anakin's Theme".
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    #starwars #thephantommenace #anakinskywalker #obiwankenobi #darthmaul #padmeamidala #shmiskywalker #palpatine #quigonjinn #lukeskywalker #princessleia #jedi #clonewars #lightsaber #thedarkside #theforce #maytheforcebewithyou #darthvader #johnwilliams #filmmusic #starwarsmusic #orchestra #symphony #filmcomposer #darthsidious #theemperor #sith

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    "Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale" from Attack of the Clones // Composed by John Williams
    ~
    Happy 17th anniversary to "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones"! Today I decided to share one of my favorite pieces of the Star Wars saga, "Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale"! There is so much happening in this piece thematically speaking, but today I am talking about this specific excerpt! This excerpt appears as we bear witness to the full might of the Grand Army of the Republic, marking the beginning of the Clone Wars, and is characterized by none other than "The Imperial March". Even though this isn't one of the more abstract thematic moments, it perfectly exemplifies what is so brilliant about film music. When we look at this scene from a first-time watching perspective, we can infer "yeah, the clones look like storm troopers, they are probabaly gonna be involved in how we get to the Original Trilogy". But that's just it. It's an inference. A theory. Rather, it is the MUSIC that is definitively telling you that THIS IS THE RISE OF THE EMPIRE. The use of Vader's theme is a screaming declaration of the Republic and the Jedi Order marching to their doom. But notice too, this follows the idea of "The Imperial March" having dual meanings. This isn't a Vader moment. The upbeat, militaristic nature of the theme indicates that it is representing the Empire as a whole at this given time, and given that we are looking at an army of future Imperials, it makes sense. On a side note though, having TCW in your back pocket and having an understanding and appreciation of characters like Rex and Cody makes the use of "The Imperial March" a bit tragic in a way... BUT ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE, there is actually another theme that appears in this excerpt besides Vader's... can you guess which one it is? Hint: it's not from the Star Wars saga :)

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