Clone Corridor on Padmé’s Funeral Song

Clone Corridor posted an examination of the funeral scene music used in both TPM and ROTS:

Aside from bringing back the solemnity of Qui-Gon’s funeral, this is also the third time within the Prequel Trilogy that John Williams uses Sanskrit as his language choice. The first time is during the ‘Battle of Fates’ between Qui-Gon, Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The second and third time are the double uses of the Funeral-theme. Each of these instances is a moment in which Light and Dark come together and cause destruction. Rather than choose pre-existing Sanskrit texts and adapting them to his own liking, Williams had an Celtic poem translated for the ‘Battle of Fates’ and chose lyrics from that. For the Funeral-theme he had the line ‘Death’s long sweet sleep’ loosely translated.

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2 Responses to “Clone Corridor on Padmé’s Funeral Song”

  1. Brian47 Says:

    It’s good to see an examination of how these sequences are scored, even if there are a few errors in the article. First, I think we all know that the cue title for the final duel sequence in TPM is “Duel of the Fates”, not “Battle of the Fates”. Williams does use Sanskrit lyrics during both Qui-Gon’s and Padme’s funeral, although the melody itself isn’t the same from “Duel of the Fates”, however that latter theme is heard again in a new context during AOTC and ROTS.

    What I felt was really profound about using these theme again in ROTS was that it did underscore the funerals of both Padme and Anakin (as a Jedi). The music plays over Padme’s funeral procession as well as Vader’s “birth” on the operating table, which essentially was the “death” of Anakin as a Jedi. I read it more as Williams revisiting this material precisely because it is meant to underscore profound funeral sequences in both TPM and ROTS.

    • Tarrlok Says:

      A form of “Qui-Gon’s Funeral” plays without the chorus after Vader rises from the operating table, as Vader joins Palpatine and Tarkin to observe the Death Star’s construction. It transitions into the Imperial March. It could be interpreted as an allusion to Anakin’s ongoing spiritual death as he becomes the instrument of Imperial terror.

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