One of the best things about any “Star Wars” film is the score. Dating back to John Williams’ classic music for the original trilogy (and even his work on the prequels), the franchise has never lacked for great music. Now, we get a chance to hear our first preview of what the new “Star Wars” sound will bring us.
For “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the keys have been handed to Michael Giacchino to come up with a score, and judging by the first bit that we’ve got, it seems that John Williams was a huge inspiration. The horns, strings, and slow building music of Williams is certainly feature in Giacchino’s take, but you can certainly hear his own style. Giacchino himself has a fairly diverse background, having done scores for TV shows (“Lost,” “Alias,” and “Fringe”), video games (the “Medal of Honor” and “Call of Duty” series), and countless movies, including the latest Marvel film, “Doctor Strange.”
According to Giacchino, the music of John Williams only makes up about “5%” of the total score for the film. Apparently, he only had just over a month to write the music for the film, although he did say that he had been dreaming up a score for a “Star Wars” film ever since he was a child. According to ComicBook.com, with “Rogue One” being compared so heavily to a World War II film, Giacchino’s history of doing music for war games helped in the creation of the score. In the clip (below), you’ll hear two song samples: “Her Path Is Clear,” and “Approach to Eadu”. Make sure to keep a close eye out for Don Williams, brother of composer John, and timpani player for Giacchino’s orchestra!
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