John Williams Discusses The Force Awakens Music for Rey, Kylo Ren and More

Listening to composer John Williams discuss Star Wars music is always a treat. In this short featurette, he discusses his ideas behind the unique themes of both Rey and Kylo Ren, as well as the fine line between using his classic score from the original trilogy... and overusing it.


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DISCUSSION

Rey’s theme didn’t hit me right away (the first viewing was really just too much for me to take it in) but the second viewing really made it graft unto my consciousness. It felt like empathy and adventure and potential, just as he describes above. It has very quickly become one of my favourite Star Wars themes (leitmotifs?) in the entire series.

Hearing those first few notes is enough to make me smile.

I know a lot of people criticized the music as being a letdown but I liked the subtlety and the general lack of bombast. It worked for me. YMMV.