The final Star Wars trailer was unleashed earlier this week and fans everywhere were blown away by the visuals revealed (and members of the cast got teary eyed). However, also of note was the music. Starting with a simplistic piano and building to a lush orchestration of some of the most beloved themes in film history, it helped set the tone of the trailer and helped with its emotional core. Numerous people have broken down the trailer’s music (as well as the trailer itself) and have analyzed it frame by frame and note for note.
Now, a fan, Tim Gonzalez, has taken the trailer, removed the dialogue, and created a music only rendition of the trailer:
Now, interestingly enough, the score for the trailer was NOT done by the legendary composer of the Star Wars films, John Williams. Apparently, there is a whole industry of composers just for trailers, and Star Wars is no exception. According to an article on Slashfilm, it was composer Fredrick Lloyd who supplied the re-orchestration of the “Force Theme” in the latter half of the trailer, while John Samuel Hanson worked on the more minimalist first half.
The famed score for Star Wars, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1977, has become a cherished soundtrack for fans and moviegoers alike. Ranging from the triumphant main title march, to Darth Vader’s somber entrance cues, to the militaristic Imperial March, to the mystical Force theme, the music has about as many fans as the films themselves. A popular rendition, Star Wars In Concert, has the film played with a live orchestra performing the score.
No matter who composed the music for the trailer (Williams is still the composer for the film itself), the fan edited trailer is a delight for the ears as it strikes the emotional resonance of the scenes. Star Wars is known for its spectacular score, and this trailer is just another part of a tradition for that galaxy far far away.