Star Mars

More fun with comparisons. Listen to the similarities between early 20th Century composer Gustav Holst’s composition “Mars the Bringer of War” and the “Imperial March” theme by Star Wars composer John Williams. And may the force be with you.

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  1. I actually hear more than just the Imperial March in this piece. I feel like ear is picking up a little bit from most of the major themes in “A New Hope.” I could be wrong.

    You've hit on what makes the original Star Wars trilogy so special.

    The beauty of what Lucas did with Star Wars was to “borrow” bits and pieces of well-known (and not so well-known)foreign films, westerns, legends, myths, stories, music and whatever else he could get his hands on, and recombine them with his own (and let's face it, his creative teams own) imagination into something completely new and fresh.

    And it worked.

    Star Wars was/is so familiar and yet so ground-breaking and new. All at the same time!

    Those original 3 films still hold up today, both visually and musically. I guarantee that Avatar and CGI love-fests like it will look dated in 3 years. Episode 4 is nearing it's 34 year anniversary and it still looks and sounds just as amazing today as it did in 1977.

    My personal favorite piece of music from Episode 4:

  2. Agreed on all counts. For me, these comparisons are interesting to see influences, not criticisms at all. I beg, borrow and steal from all kinds of sources for the music I write — like you said, it's how the artist puts it all together that makes it new and fresh.

  3. Yes…I believe it is absolutely our job as artists to borrow and keep the great river of inspiration flowing to the next generation and the next. I love the comparison here…

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