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The Music of Star Wars

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Star Wars is a saga of science fantasy and a fictional universe that was created in the 70’s by George Lucas. The Star Wars saga of films includes six movies split into two trilogies. Between 1977 and 1983, John Williams composed the music of the Original Trilogy of Star Wars. He also composed the music of the Prequel Trilogy between 1999 and 2005. The musical contribution of John Williams to the Star Wars Universe is also included in Star Wars video games, television series and other media. His scores for the double trilogy of movies are recognized as an important contribution to contemporary film music. The cultural impact of these soundtracks is immeasurable.

Some of the songs composed for the Original Trilogy are: The Star Wars Main Theme, Rebel Fanfare, The Force Theme, Princess Leia’s Theme, The Imperial motif, The Death Star motif, The Imperial March, Yoda’s Theme, Bobba Fett motif, Luke and Leia and the Ewoks Theme.

The Star Wars Main Theme is the “anthem” of the saga. It is by far the most famous song of these movies; it is associated with Luke Skywalker. The main theme itself represents adventure and heroism. This song is heard in the opening sequences at the beginning of all the Star Wars movies.

The Imperial March is one of the best symphonic movie themes; it represents the totalitarian Galactic Empire. This song is also known as Darth Vader’s Theme. This march is played when Darth Vader appears or is mentioned in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

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