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Imperial March

I will admit I went to see the movie Thor in IMAX 3D. I'll also admit that I liked it.

Before the previews started, various pieces of movie soundtracks were played over the sound system.

When The Imperial March from Star Wars came on, my ears pricked up. I'd never listened to it without the movie.

The similarities to Mars, from Gustav Holst's The Planets, were striking.

John Williams, the composer of Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Schindler's List, and innumerable other award-winning movies, has long been criticized for sampling composers like Holst, Wagner, and Dvorak.

What I like about John Williams's music is that it creates a connection for us to start exploring classical music.

The Imperial March is a great example. It you like The Imperial March, you'll like Mars from The Planets.

If you like Mars, then you might Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. If you like Rite of Spring, you might like Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky.

Once you get to Prokofiev, you have any number of directions to go in classical music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyV8OTc50r0&feature=fvst

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw0jvqx1mNU&feature=fvst

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I will admit I went to see the movie Thor in IMAX 3D. I'll also admit that I liked it.

Before the previews started, various pieces of movie soundtracks were played over the sound system.

When The Imperial March from Star Wars came on, my ears pricked up. I'd never listened to it without the movie.

The similarities to Mars, from Gustav Holst's The Planets, were striking.

John Williams, the composer of Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, Schindler's List, and innumerable other award-winning movies, has long been criticized for sampling composers like Holst, Wagner, and Dvorak.

What I like about John Williams's music is that it creates a connection for us to start exploring classical music.

The Imperial March is a great example. It you like The Imperial March, you'll like Mars from The Planets.

If you like Mars, then you might Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. If you like Rite of Spring, you might like Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky.

Once you get to Prokofiev, you have any number of directions to go in classical music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyV8OTc50r0&feature=fvst

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw0jvqx1mNU&feature=fvst

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Is it Star Wars day down at the Reader? First Matthew Lickona's post about the original Star Wars trailer looking lame without John William's music, then this post about Williams.

Who is conducting in the YouTube of the Imperial March? Is it me, or is it a good deal faster than it was in the Empire Strikes Back?

May 10, 2011

Just listened to the Holst. Williams IS a bit of a rip off artist, isn't he?

May 10, 2011

I'm not sure who the conductor is, I just liked the Darth Vader helmet on top of the double bass!

The force moved both Matt and I to unite our efforts.

May 13, 2011

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