#1 By: pesco, September 3rd, 2013 14:32
#2 By: John Ridley, September 3rd, 2013 15:06
The organist at a church I used to go to sometimes worked the U of Michigan fight song into the quiet interlude music. I don't think anyone but the choir ever caught on. He'd sometimes put it in the pedals, sometimes on one of the registers, with the rhythm totally altered to sound hymn like. I think he was trying to make the choir laugh out loud, it was hard to keep from snickering at times.
#3 By: Phasma Felis, September 3rd, 2013 15:35
I've listened to this twice, and it's very pretty, but it's not really recognizable as the Imperial March, so...
#4 By: t3kna, September 3rd, 2013 15:38
... making it perfect for the quiz segment on Performance Today.
#5 By: Steve, September 3rd, 2013 15:38
Yes I thought the same. However, for some reason, the clip starts about a minute in to the actual performance. Make sure you start the clip from the beginning. At about 0:15, it is definitely recognizable (so much so that some members of the audience audibly chuckle).
#6 By: Phasma Felis, September 3rd, 2013 15:50
Hah, so it does. So the poster managed to skip the 30-second chunk of this seven-minute piece that actually fits the title? Well done.
#7 By: technogeek, September 3rd, 2013 16:03
I think Gary McGath's Imperial Polka has this beat...
#8 By: Ross Braithwaite, September 3rd, 2013 16:41
This was absolutely brilliant. Soooo jealous of this mans musical talent.
#9 By: Jeremiah Jazdzewski, September 3rd, 2013 17:32
This probably wasn't too difficult, considering the original imperial death march was based on (stolen) from chopin to begin with:
#10 By: Jeremy Erwin, September 3rd, 2013 17:46
well, one of beethoven's styles, anyway.
#11 By: Joe Castleman, September 3rd, 2013 17:57
#12 By: opticalens, September 3rd, 2013 18:13
Hmm, I always assumed it was based on Holst's "Mars, the Bringer of War", but thanks for this. Perhaps someone challenged Williams to play Chopin in the style of Holst.
#13 By: Jeremy Erwin, September 3rd, 2013 18:19
Did beethoven ever compose anything that had a similar emotional purpose to the Imperial Marc?. I've heard some of his marches, and they definitely appeal to a different kind of esprit de corps than "we are badasses, we wear black, and you will surely die if you oppose us."
#14 By: Kimmoth, September 3rd, 2013 19:18
I only listened to the first minute or so, but it seemed like all the badarse triumphalism was replaced with threadbare sadness.
#15 By: Ethan Allen's Scion, September 3rd, 2013 19:47
I'm sure others could have better examples but the one that comes to my mind is Symphony 6 mvmt 4..."Sturm" at 6m 50s. I can't seem to get Discourse to let me use the #t= trick.
#16 By: Jardine, September 3rd, 2013 19:54
So emo-Vader's theme. This could have been useful in episodes 2 and 3.
#17 By: Ken, September 3rd, 2013 20:27
The force is strong with this one.
#18 By: incarnedine_v, September 3rd, 2013 23:51
that and a lot of Black Sabbath
#19 By: Snagglepuss 62629, September 4th, 2013 04:09
That's no moonlight sonata.
#20 By: fnordius, September 4th, 2013 04:33
Well, that would be in keeping with the way Williams himself used the Leitmotif in Darth Vader's death scene, where Darth asks Luke to remove his mask. Most of the themes that John Williams came up with for Star Wars were repurposed even in the first movie, with the Jedi theme originally as a haunting reminder of faded magic repurposed into a Wagnerian triumph march at the end.
Williams himself has been very open about how he took the idea of a Leitmotif from the romantic composers (Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Holst, and so on) and repurposed it for the modern cinema.
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