4th May 2020
May the 4th be with you!!
Hello again everyone, we hope you are all keeping well and busy at home with lots of different activities each day. As it's Star Wars day on May 4th, we have included some Star Wars themed activities this week, along with a game you can do with things you will find in your kitchen!
John Williams is a film composer who has composed the music for all of the Star Wars films, as well as over 100 other films that you may know like Jurrassic Park, ET, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter to name a few. You might have more movies at home with music composed by John Williams.
Have a look at the video below to see John Williams working with and conducting the choir and orchestra recording part of the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Keep an eye on the screen behind the choir!
In composing the music for Star Wars, John Williams created different themes for each character and here are some of the more well known themes below. Ask permission to go online and see if you can find more themes to listen to.
Darth Vader's theme: The Imperial March
One of the most well known themes is Darth Vader's theme, also known as The Imperial March - it always gives me goosebumps when I hear it!
Click below to see John Williams conducting the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and see if you can recognise which instruments are playing. (Here's a hint, the trumpets start off first!)
Darth Vader's theme
Rey's theme / Kylo Ren's theme
We first meet Rey in Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Her theme is very different to Darth Vader's theme. It is played on flutes at the beginning instead of loud trumpets, and has a much lighter feel to it, not so scary!
We also meet Kylo Ren in Episode VII. His theme sounds more creepy and dark, reminding us that he comes from the Dark Side of the Force.
Have a listen to them both here and see if you can tell the difference between them.
Kylo Ren's Theme
Star Wars: Main Theme
Probably the most familiar theme from the Star Wars films, it is used at the opening of each movie in the series.
Trumpets play the main theme first, then the strings take over. Have a look at this video below from the BBC Proms a couple of years ago and you can see which instruments are playing each time.
Star Wars Main Theme
Maybe Star Wars is not your thing...
Our friend Rob has made more fun videos using things you find in the kitchen, and the whole family can get involved in this activity. All you need for this one is a bowl or pot, something to tap it with, and concentration!
Rob uses Ta or Ti-Ti (Ki-di) rhythms in this game, seems simple enough - make sure you listen carefully to the game instructions!
Rob's Kitchen Music
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