JWFan.net posted an article about a promotional (“For Your Consideration”) release of The Force Awakens soundtrack. While the majority of the music on the FYC version is similar or identical to that of the original soundtrack (OST), it's not all the same. This blog will be the first of a series comparing and contrasting the two. On the left are the FYC tracks and timings followed by an equal sign (=) and the tracks and timings of the OST which feature comparable music. Boldface text is used to highlight music heard on the FYC which is not heard in the OST.
Track 1 FYC: The Attack on the Jakku Village Part 1
0:00-1:39 = OST, track 1, 1:25-2:59
Notice the timings are different (99 second in FYC compared to 94 second in OST). There are subtle variations between the two (especially the tempo at the beginning), so presumably these are different takes of the same cue.
1:39-2:09 = not in OST
Mostly incidental (no prominent themes or motives to report).
2:09-2:17 = OST, track 1, 3:07-3:15
2:17-3:15 = not in OST
Again mostly incidental. The first couple of notes of what could have been The Force Theme are heard in the high strings starting at 2:49, but it quickly progresses to more incidental music.
3:15-3:26 = OST, track 1, 3:51-4:02
3:26-4:13 = not in OST
More incidental music.
4:13-5:02 = OST, track 1, 4:07-5:02
Again notice the subtle differences in timings (OST is 6 seconds longer, even though it's the same music). Again, probably just a different take of the same musical cue.
5:02-5:27 = not in OST
Where the OST keeps going, the FYC track concludes on a long-held low note.
The Music of Star Wars
These posts will help focus and develop my analyses of John Williams' film scores.