James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Watch: A 'Rogue One' Suite for Trumpet Quartet
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 04:41 PM
As we inch closer to the Academy Awards, we thought we'd continue last week’s good vibes by sharing another video featuring the music of an Oscar-nominated film. This time, we surrender ourselves to a blustering trumpet arrangement of the “Imperial Suite” from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, by ARIA Award nominee Adrian Veale. As an added bonus, you get to enjoy some really tight editing — the video shows four “Adrians” each performing a separate part of the trumpet quartet.
Rogue One is a notable entry in the Star Wars film series for a number of reasons, chief among them being that it’s the first movie that doesn’t fit directly into the narrative Skywalker arc established by the original trilogy. But it’s also the first Star Wars film not scored by longtime Lucas collaborator John Williams. That responsibility ultimately wound up in the hands of Michael Giacchino, who has scored blockbusters including The Incredibles, Up, and Jurassic World. Even though Williams was not attached to the project, Giacchino clearly draws on several musical ideas from the distinguished maestro. The “Imperial Suite” features march rhythms and a contour that immediately tricks your ear into thinking you’re hearing a reprise of “Imperial March,” one of the Star Wars film series’ most iconic pieces of music.
Below, tell us what you think about this unique arrangement!