For week 2 of my project, I finished researching Wagner’s leitmotifs, this time studying more of their use in film. Bribitzer-Stull observes that “Layering of associations throughout a film make themes more powerful at the film’s conclusion. It is thus the musical development of themes rather than the crafting of the themes themselves that should comprise the bulk of a film composer’s work.”
Week 1 was a great starting point for my project. Monday’s meeting with Dr. Moser yielded some interesting questions. These questions will remain unanswerable, but I believe they will guide me as I look to write my own music for Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope…
39 years ago today, the original Star Wars film came out, grossing 775.4 million worldwide. Its musical score became legendary, and was ranked the American Film Institute's #1 score of all time. With that in mind, I decided today was the perfect day to announce that over the summer I will be writing an entirely new musical score to the film as a part of Gardner-Webb University's Summer Scholar program, and will be premiering the film with my score in December before the release of the newest Star Wars film. More details will come soon!