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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Episode 50: The Skywalker Is Risen

The Star Wars sequel trilogy has come to an end with The Rise of Skywalker, and we are ON IT. Podcast diad Glenn & Scott welcome Alanna Kelly back to the show to cover all aspects of the new film, starting with a non-spoiler review to open the show. After that, they discuss how this movie treats its many characters, which storylines worked and which ones didn’t, and whether or not this is a satisfying conclusion to The Skywalker Saga. Don’t miss Alanna’s reaction to certain character developments, Glenn’s desperate search for hope, and Scott’s favorite part of the movie. Plus, it wouldn’t be a Star War without gratuitous cameos! (Spoilers begin after 16:00.)

Note: Our analysis of the TROS score will be included in our next episode, a final wrap-up of our Star Wars Scores series.

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Musical selections from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams:

  • “The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “They Will Come”
  • “Anthem of Evil”
  • “Falcon Flight”

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Episode 49: Star Wars Scores: And the Rest

In the latest installment of Star Wars Month on The Glenn Butler Podcast Spectacular, Glenn & Scott take a whirlwind tour of the musical landscape of the Star Wars franchise outside of the first two trilogies, starting with the Disney era as John Williams returns for the sequel trilogy and other composers start to make their mark on the film franchise. Then they move on to other media from the breadth and depth of the Star Wars musical legacy, including television projects from the Caravan of Courage to Rebels, and even the original score to a book. How much do different tie-in scores feel the gravitational pull of Williams’ original film scores? And which of them are any good?

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Musical Selections:

  • “End Credits” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “Follow Me” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “The Resistance” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “The Starkiller” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “The Fathiers" from The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “Captured” from The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “He’s Here for Us” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “When Has Become Now” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Krennic’s Aspirations” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Guardians of the Whills Suite” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “A Long Road Ahead” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Hope” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “L3 & Millennium Falcon” from Solo by John Powell
  • “The Adventures of Han” by John Williams, from Solo
  • “Mine Mission” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Reminiscence Therapy” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Lando’s Closet” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Flying with Chewie” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Marauders Arrive” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Jabba Flow” from The Force Awakens by Lin-Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams
  • “Trek” from Caravan of Courage by Peter Bernstein
  • “Prelude” from The Ten Commandments by Elmer Bernstein
  • “Noa’s Ark” from The Battle for Endor by Peter Bernstein
  • “Intro-Main Title” from Caravan of Courage by Peter Bernstein
  • “Main Title” from Star Trek by Alexander Courage
  • “Xizor’s Theme” from Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely
  • “The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace” from Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely
  • “The Seduction of Princess Leia” from Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely
  • “Battle of Christophsis” from The Clone Wars by Kevin Kiner
  • “Anakin Sees His Future” from The Clone Wars (TV) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Jedi Eulogy” from The Clone Wars (TV) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Rebels Theme” from Rebels (season 1) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Best Pilot in the Galaxy” from Rebels (season 2) by Kevin Kiner
  • “TIE Fighter Pursuit” from Rebels (season 1) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Inquisitor Duel” from Rebels (season 1) by Kevin Kiner

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Episode 48: Star Wars Scores: The Prequel Trilogy

Star Wars Month continues as Glenn & Scott examine the epistemological quagmire that is John Williams’ scores for the Star Wars prequels. How hard was Williams trying to replicate the magic of his older Star Wars scores, and did he succeed? How did the music editing in The Phantom Menace affect his work on Attack of the Clones? Does Williams’ Revenge of the Sith score carry the emotional weight of that story, even when the movie largely fails to do so? What is the backbone of each score? What do the themes stand for? And can Glenn & Scott resist the temptation to take cheap shots at the movies and keep the focus on the scores? YOLO!

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Section 1: Musical selections from The Phantom Menace by John Williams:

  • “Anakin’s Theme” (original release)
  • “Padme Meets Anakin” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Anakin, Podracer Mechanic” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Watto’s Roll of the Die” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Hail to the Winner, Anakin Skywalker” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Anakin and Group to Coruscant” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Qui-Gon’s Mission/Obi-Wan’s Warning” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Anakin Defeats Sebulba” (original release)
  • “The Death of Qui-Gon and the Surrender of the Gungans” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “The Flag Parade” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Qui-Gon and Darth Maul Meet” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “The Tide Turns” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “The Battle Rages On” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Qui-Gon’s Noble End” (original release)
  • “Augie’s Great Municipal Band” (original release)
  • “End Credits” (original release)

Section 2: Musicla selections from Attack of the Clones by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “Love Pledge and the Arena”
  • “Across the Stars (Love Theme)”
  • “The Moisture Farm” from Star Wars
  • “Meeting with Fett”
  • “Shmi’s Funeral”
  • “Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant”
  • “The Meadow Picnic”
  • “Ambush on Coruscant”
  • “Return to Tatooine”
  • “The Tusken Camp and the Homestead”
  • “Bringing Mother Home”
  • “Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale”
  • “The Arena”
  • “Dex’s Diner”

Section 3: Musical selections from Revenge of the Sith by John Williams:

  • “Battle of the Heroes”
  • “Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith”
  • “Anakin’s Betrayal”
  • “Padme’s Funeral”
  • “End Credits”

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Episode 47: Star Wars Scores: The Original Trilogy

Glenn and Scott kick off Star Wars Month on PTBN Pop by examining John Williams’ scores for the original Star Wars trilogy the only way they know how: at great length. They take in three of the most widely beloved and influential scores of the past 40 years, and find more to say about them than they expected. Topics include the semiotics of thematic usage, temp-tracking, which themes lived beyond their introductions and which ones didn’t, and which themes introduced in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi belong in A New Hope. Also, strap in for some Hot Takes!

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Section 1: Musical selections from Star Wars by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “Main Title”
  • “Learn About the Force”
  • “Wobani Imperial Labor Camp” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Burning Homestead”
  • “The Moisture Farm”
  • “Wookiee Prisoner”
  • “Detention Block Ambush”
  • “The Death Star”
  • “Imperial Attack”
  • “The Battle of Yavin: Use the Force”
  • “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky
  • “The Dune Sea of Tatooine”
  • “The New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak
  • “The Throne Room”
  • “Prologue” from The Vikings by Mario Nascimbene, 2018 recording by Nic Raine and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
  • “Imperial Attack”
  • “Main Title” from King’s Row by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • “End Title”
  • “Chasm Crossfire”

Section 2: Musical selections from The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “The Imperial March”
  • “The Death Star” from Star Wars
  • “The Trash Compactor” from Star Wars
  • “The Battle of Hoth: Ion Cannon”
  • “Carbon Freeze”
  • “The Battle of Hoth: Imperial Walkers”
  • “Betrayal at Bespin”
  • “Imperial Starfleet Deployed”
  • “The Ice Planet Hoth”
  • “Rescue from Cloud City”
  • “Han Solo and the Princess”
  • “Han Solo and the Princess” (concert suite)
  • “End Title”
  • “Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor”
  • “Yoda and the Force”
  • “Darth Vader’s Trap”
  • “The Asteroid Field”
  • “Mynock Cave”
  • “The Wampa’s Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan”
  • “The Ice Planet Hoth”
  • “Deal with the Dark Lord”
  • “Rescue from Cloud City”
  • “Hyperspace”
  • “The Clash of Lightsabers”

Section 3: Musical selections from Return of the Jedi by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “Jabba’s Baroque Recital”
  • “Lapti Nek” (film version)
  • “Jedi Rocks” by Jerry Hey
  • “Den of the Rancor”
  • “Sail Barge Assault”
  • “Han Solo Returns”
  • “Bounty for a Wookiee”
  • “Parade of the Ewoks”
  • “The Forest Battle” (concert suite)
  • “Ewok Celebration”
  • “Victory Celebration”
  • “The Emperor Arrives”
  • “The Emperor’s Death”
  • “Luke and Leia”
  • “Into the Trap”
  • “Final Duel”
  • “Alliance Assembly”
  • “The Fleet Goes Into Hyperspace”
  • “Light of the Force/Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (Alternate)”
  • “Darth Vader’s Death”
  • “Approaching the Death Star”
  • “Ewok Celebration”

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