Wagner, Vader, and the Viking

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"The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings."
Ralph Carpenter, Texas Tech Sports Information Director



Richard Wagner, the 19th century German composer, would have loved Star Wars. He may not have understood what a light saber or X-Wing fighter was, but he would get it - even with his eyes shut. That's because the Star Wars films are rich with composer John Williams' scores that employ a musical tool that Wagner himself was a master of: the leitmotif.

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