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1

What is the instrumentation of "Star Wars"?

Full symphony orchestra

2

What is the metre of the piece?

4/4 (simple quadruple)

3

Describe what the brass instruments play in the introduction.

Fanfare

4

What characteristic features of a fanfare are heard in this piece?

Triplets, repeated notes, notes of a broken chord and played by brass instruments

5

Which instrument plays the main theme when it is played the first time? (bar 4)

High trumpets

6

The tempo is 100bpm, how does this tempo fit the mood of the film?

The fast tempo matches the exciting mood of this action film

7

Describe the accompaniment to the main theme (bar 4).

Block chords

8

Describe the rhythm of the accompaniment to the main theme (bar 4).

Off beat quavers, triplet quavers/semiquavers with frequent rests

9

Which percussion instrument emphasizes the accompaniment played with the main theme? (bar 4)

Snare drum

10

Describe what the upper strings and woodwind play in the introduction and above the main theme (bar 4).

Inverted pedal (high pedal note)

11

What playing technique do the upper strings use in the introduction and during the main theme?

Tremolando

12

Why is the metre appropriate for the film?

4/4 metre reflects the military nature of the war between rebels and the imperial forces

13

What is the tonality for the first 29 bars of the piece?

Bb major

14

What happens to the tonality from bar 30 onwards?

It becomes less clear with unstable harmonies and chord progressions

15

What do the bass instruments play when the spaceships appear?

Pedal note on C

16

Which instruments play the melody in the contrasting section (B)?

Strings

17

Across how many octaves is the melody played in the contrasting section?

3

18

Describe the tonality in bars 39 - 41 (planets appear).

Atonal

19

Identify the cadence at the end of the main theme in bar 7.

Imperfect

20

Which instruments play the main theme when it returns in bar 21?

Violin, viola, cello, horns and trumpets

21

Which instruments play the chordal accompaniment in the contrasting section?

Horns, piano and oboe

22

Which tuned percussion plays the important notes of the melody in the contrasting section?

Glockenspiel

23

Which percussion instrument plays on the first beat of the main theme when it returns in bar 21?

Cymbal

24

What does the harp play in bar 29 at the end of the return of the main theme?

Glissando (slide)

25

What do the upper woodwind play in the return of the main theme?

Rushing scalic-like passages

26

Describe what the brass instruments play at bar 30 (space is filled with stars).

Fanfare-like idea

27

Identify the features of the fanfare played by the brass instruments in bars 30 and 31.

Repeated staccato quaver/triplet semiquaver rhythm that builds up in a chord

28

Describe what the strings play at the end of the star-filled space section (bars 31 - 32).

Rapid staccato sextuplet semiquavers in a rising sequence

29

What happens to the tonality at bar 30 (star-filled space)?

It becomes less clear

30

What do the strings and harp play in bars 33 - 35 (transition section)?

Fast broken chord/arpeggios

31

What happens to the texture at bar 36?

It is much lighter/thinner

32

Which instrument plays the melody at bar 36?

Piccolo

33

What does the harp play underneath the piccolo melody in bar 36?

Broken chord pattern

34

What does the flute play underneath the piccolo melody in bar 36?

Trills between G and Ab

35

What key is the music in at bar 36 (where piccolo plays the melody)?

C major but with Ab

36

What do the violins, celeste, vibraphone and woodwind play in the accompaniment to the piccolo melody at bar 36?

Held/sustained chords

37

Describe what the strings play as the planets appear at bar 39.

Rapid rising semiquaver sextuplets

38

Describe what the trombones and horns play as the planets appear. What does this represent?

Chords representing the imperial force

39

Describe the tonality when the planets appear at bar 39.

Atonal

40

What do the bass instruments play as the spaceship appears in bar 42?

Pedal note on C

41

What do the brass instruments play as the spaceship appears in bar 42? What does this represent?

Chords representing the imperial force

42

Which percussion instrument plays a rhythm that suggests that something bad is going to happen?

Timpani

43

Describe the metre at bar 44 when the larger spaceship is in pursuit of the rebel spaceship.

Changes to simple triple (3/4)

44

Describe the harmony of the chords played by the orchestra when the larger spaceship is chasing the smaller one.

Dissonant (clashing) chords

45

Describe the articulation of the chords from bar 44 to the end.

Accented

46

What happens to the tempo as the larger spaceship is in pursuit of the smaller spaceship?

It slows down (ritardando)

47

What is the tempo at the end of the extract (from bar 51) where the action moves inside the rebel spaceship?

It changes to 160 bpm

48

What rhythmic device is played at the end of the extract (from bar 51)?

Ostinato (repeated pattern) on the note C

49

What is the tonality at the end of the extract?

Bitonal ( 2 tonalities at the same time)

50

What is the main texture of the extract?

Homophonic (melody and accompaniment)