Listen to a Preview of Michael Giacchino’s Retro ‘Rogue One’ Score
Michael Giacchino recently inherited scoring duties for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after Alexandre Desplat had to bow out over scheduling conflicts — so recently, in fact, that he only had a month to compose the soundtrack for the whole movie. Known just as well for his talent as for his creative soundtrack titles, he’s been on a pretty successful tear though a bunch of franchises: he provided the music for Doctor Strange, the Star Trek revivals, and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, so he sounded like a good fit for the Star Wars universe too when we heard he’d been hired on. Today, we got our first listen at some of the new pieces, and they’re perfect.
Anthony Breznican tweeted a snippet of a video from Entertainment Weekly today, which you can watch below, and be sure to click through to the article to listen to the rest.
It sounds so Star Wars-y I just want to get on a plane to wherever Giacchino is right now and give him a hug. There are some “Imperial March” elements to the first piece, called “Her Path Is Clear,” and the second, “Approach to Eadu,” could have come right out of the original trilogy. But, even in these small little bits of sound you can tell that this score is like Star Wars, but different. For the video, EW also interviewed Giacchino about how he went about writing the music, and asked about how much inspiration he drew from John Williams’ previous scores.
[Kathleen Kennedy] said that to me, too — “No one is asking you to do what was done before.” I feel it’s important to be me, but in this universe, we’re working within. That was sort of the challenge. It was never sort of, “Oh, you have to do this, this, and this.” It was always just: “Here are the emotions that we need to cover.”
He also told EW that he grew up idolizing Williams and has been dreaming of a score for a Star Wars movie ever since he was a kid. I’m not crying, there’s just a Wampa in my eye.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters December 16.