Rebel Blockade Runner

  • Created by: LouiseB12
  • Created on: 11-04-17 11:38

Melody

  • Bold, clearly defined melodies 
  • Opening fanfare and main theme (A)
    • Intervals of a 4th and a 7th
    • Triplet quaver rhythms
    • Played by the brass (ff)
  • The main theme is a heroic leitmotif
  • The contrasting section (B) still has intervals of a 4th and a 7th with triplets
  • However it is scored for violins and is quiter (mf)
  • Use of contrary motion scales
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Rhythm

  • Military mood created by the fast tempo and 4/4 time
  • Triplet figures in the opening bars and typical of fanfares
  • Also use of rapid repeated nots to create a feeling of expectation
  • In the main theme, there is a strong quadruple pulse 
  • The main theme is often accompanied with syncopated block chords
  • Use of cross rhythms (e.g. bar 2)
  • From bar 33 onwards, the rhythmic feel changes. The pulse is less obvious.
  • Bar 44 - changes to 3/4 time
  • 44- 50 - homorhythmic chords create drama
    • Mix of - quavers, triplet quavers, crotchets and rests. 
    • Slower pulse increases this effect
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Texture

  • Dominated by homophonic texture
  • Mainly melody-dominated homophony where the tune is supported by block or articulated chords
  • Use of pedal textures
    • Inverted pedal in the intro
    • 12-15 - Dominant pedal
  • Use of ostinato figures 
  • Imitative points (such as the opening fanfare)
  • Homorhythmic texture of block chords  (bars 44-50) 
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Instrumentation

  • Written for a full symphony orchestra
  • 90 musicians across the four sections
    • Strings
    • Percussion
    • Woodwind
    • Brass
  • No electronic effects or synthesisers  
  • Quite thickly scored
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Genre

  • Written for Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope
  • Released in 1977
  • Film music - space opera
  • Underscoring 
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Harmony

  • Use of quartal harmony (chords built from 4ths) 
  • In the first section, there is use of chords in root position 
  • There is chromaticism in the parallel triads of bar 7 
  • Bars 33-35 - unreleated chords that create little sense of key
  • Chrods becoming increasingly dissonant 
  • Bars 46-50 - note clusters are used
    • Clusters - a dissonant chord that includes several adjacent notes
  • Parallel triads return in the last four bars (heard over a pedal C)
    • Parallel harmonies - a succession of similar chords whose notes all move in the same direction 
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Tonality

  • Bars 1-29 are in  B♭ major
  • This is reinforced by the use of tonic and dominant pedals
  • In the second half, it becomes atonal
  • This is achieved with dissonant chords
  • It is based around the note C (often as a bass pedal)
  • There is a sense of bitonality in the last ten bars - chords in A♭ major clash with an ostinato on a pedal C 
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Structure

  • First section- first 29 bars
    • Opening fanfare
    • Ternary structure (ABA1)
  • Second section is used to set the scene of the particular film

1. Fanfare (1-3)

2. Main Theme A (3-11)

3. Contrasting section B (11-20)

4. Main theme A (21-29)

5. Shortened fanfare (29-38)

6. Piccolo solo (36-39)

7. Rebel Blockade Runner leitmotif (39-60)

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Great resource, thanks! :)

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