Star Wars Soundtracks: The Worship Music of John Williams

Music and religion have a long and constitutive history. When considering the potential religious dimensions of the Star Wars universe, musical elements should not be ignored. This article explores the iconic musical scores of John Williams for the Star Wars franchise as a form of worship music. Wor...

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Published in:Journal of religion and popular culture
Main Author: Thornton, Daniel
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: University of Saskatchewan [2019]
In:Journal of religion and popular culture
Year: 2019, Volume: 31, Issue: 1, Pages: 87-100
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Star wars / Film music / Spiritual music
Further subjects:B film scores
B Emotional Experience
B Embodiment
B spiritual encounter
B Contemporary Worship Music
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:Music and religion have a long and constitutive history. When considering the potential religious dimensions of the Star Wars universe, musical elements should not be ignored. This article explores the iconic musical scores of John Williams for the Star Wars franchise as a form of worship music. Worship music, especially in Western contemporary Christian contexts, is employed for embodied expression, emotional experience, and spiritual encounter. In a similar fashion, the musical themes and sound world of Star Wars can engage fans in a visceral experience of, and encounter with, something beyond the natural. This article establishes the criteria and effects of contemporary worship music and applies that framework to Williams's key themes for the Star Wars universe.
ISSN:1703-289X
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and popular culture
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.3138/jrpc.2017-0014