Friday, May 4, 2012

Star Wars Day Composer Study

I had a (rare) moment of inspiration today.  We were planning to study John Williams next week to wrap up our Study of the Composers, but since today is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), I decided to capitalize on that and start talking about Williams today.

John Williams is the man who composed the distinctive music for the Star Wars movies, as well as many other film scores and soundtracks.

We read about Williams in A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers and listened to a whole lot of Star Wars music on youtube, as well as a bit featuring his music for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  We'll listen to more of Williams' music next week, as I have a CD of The Classic Spielberg Scores with John Williams himself conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra performing his music from movies including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

We'll also finish up our studies of George Gershwin and Aaron Copland next week.  We've been working on them already, but I thought it was important to get this part of the study done on this very appropriate day for it. ;-)

How did you commemorate Star Wars Day in your homeschool?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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