This reggae cantina scene is pretty obvious: It's heard in the casino scene, 55 minutes into the movie. Not all of this music is heard in the film, though. My brief analysis will consider the structural (rather than narrative) functions.
0:00-0:39 Incidental orchestral music
0:39-1:23 A section, D minor
1:23-2:16 B section, g minor
2:16-2:35 Recap of A section, g minor
I love the key change from D minor to G minor. Reminds me of Sousa marches :-)
Also reminds me of “The Throne Room” from the end of A New Hope.
1/15/2018 09:03:48 pm
I found this track to be reminiscent of the Mos Eisley Cantina music where two instruments would be playing the same notes in a manner that made it sound like they were one alien instrument. I thought it did a great job of feeling like Star Wars (because it used the same style) while being new and its own (not being the same music). Also, there's one part where I think I'm listening to a steel drum, but then it sounds like it breaks apart into two different instruments. I'm not sure what's going on there, but it certainly requires talent to pull it off.
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The Music of Star Wars
These posts will help focus and develop my analyses of John Williams' film scores.