MUSIC OF THE MONTH
Music from "Superman - The Movie"
by John Williams
I think I may officially make the month of May "John Williams Month". This year, my subject is the music from "Superman - The Movie".
We introduced John Williams back in May 2009. We also introduced his style of leitmotif, or the art of giving specific characters or actions their own melody or theme to let the music tell the story. Both of these things will come into play this month.
In December 1978, Richard Donner directed "Superman - The Movie". Christopher Reeve played Superman (a.k.a. Clark Kent). The incomparable John Williams provided the score. While the sequels to this movie got progressively worse in quality, this version of the movie remains a standard for a generation. I submit that this is largely due to the music.
Jon's Introduction to This Piece:
I don't have clear memories of seeing this in the theater, but I know that I did. It was likely in the early part of 1979, so I would have been eight years old.
I do remember the music, though. The main theme was Superman. In fact, if you listen to the main theme, it almost seems to sing out: "SUP-er-man!"
For this one, I'm going to have you listen to three segments from the soundtrack. The first one is called "The Planet Krypton". This starts out quietly, but gets progressively loud and majestic. Picture the glorious crystals of Superman's home planet.