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1
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Key

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B flat major

2
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Purpose

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Underscoring - adds to mood and reinforces dramatic development of characters - accompanied opening credits
Non diegetic - character not aware of music

3
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Structure

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Intro - main theme (three part ternary) - link - ‘Rebel Blockade Runner’ theme - link - ‘March’ - codetta

4
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Harmony and Tonality

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Quartal harmony - based on 4th and 7th (superimposed 4th)
Added sixth chords (major/minor triad with added sixth)
Neapolitan chords (built on flattened supersonic)

5
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Leitmotif

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Theme associated with particular theme, character

6
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Luke Skywalker theme

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Strong, bold, heroic - played by full symphony orchestra
Key of B-flat major + diatonic - triumphant
Strong opening perfect fifth: tonic (Bflat) to dominant (F)
Fourths and sevenths
Fanfare elements - brass + loud
Triples + 4/4 - marching

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Main Star Wars Theme

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Triplet arpeggios - 4ths - quartal harmony
Repeated tonic notes
Stepwise + leaps (4ths + 7ths)
Neapolitan chords - built on flattened 2nd - clashing harmony shows conflict
Contrary motion of Bflat minor (18)
Repeated dominant prep - Theme A

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‘Rebel Blockade Runner’ Theme

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Quieter, lighter in texture, very slow
Longer note lengths - static
High piccolo - stars - (underscoring)
Flutes - high C trills - eerie
Polytonal chords - clashing harmony - clashing 
Scalic stings - quick rhythms - exciting
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‘March’

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Fortissimo + tutti (full orchestra) chords
Tonic C pedal - C minor - bad guys
Fast tempo - chase
Neapolitan chord - dramatic tension
Triplet ostinato - military rhythm - conflict

11
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Codetta

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Short end - fast tempo + driving ostinato
Dramatic
End - suddenly pp + long pedal C

12
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Intro

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BRASS FANFARES

Short, played loudly, and has percussion