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The first score to Star Wars was composed and conducted by John Williams and orchestrated by Herbert Spencer (who orchestrated all three films of the Original Trilogy). Recorded over eight sessions[1] at Anvil Studios in Denham, England by Eric Tomlinson from March 5, 8–12, 15 and 16, 1977,[source?] the score was performed by the 87-piece London Symphony Orchestra.[2]

The film premiered on May 25, 1977 and by late summer a disco version of the Star Wars Theme by Meco became America's number one song. Williams received three Grammys in February 1978 and his third Academy Award (second for Best Original Score) in April.

A three-LP 40th anniversary box set will be released on December 1, 2017.[3]

Track listing for the first release on LPEdit

  • First release on LP by 20th Century of the original soundtrack. John Williams selected 74 minutes of music out of the 88 minutes score.

Side OneEdit

  1. Main Title – 5:20
  2. Imperial Attack – 6:10
  3. Princess Leia's Theme – 4:18
  4. The Desert and the Robot Auction – 2:51

Side TwoEdit

  1. Ben's Death and TIE Fighter Attack – 3:46
  2. The Little People Work – 4:02
  3. Rescue of the Princess – 4:46
  4. Inner City – 4:12
  5. Cantina Band – 2:44

Side ThreeEdit

  1. The Land of the Sandpeople – 2:50
  2. Mouse Robot and Blasting Off – 4:01
  3. The Return Home – 2:46
  4. The Walls Converge – 4:31
  5. The Princess Appears – 4:04

Side FourEdit

  1. The Last Battle – 12:05
  2. The Throne Room and End Title – 5:28

Total Time: 74:58

Track listing for the first release on CDEdit

  1. Main Theme – 5:20
  2. Imperial Attack – 6:10
  3. Princess Leia's Theme – 4:18
  4. The Desert and the Robot Auction – 2:51
  5. Ben's Death and TIE Fighter Attack – 3:46
  6. The Little People Work – 4:02
  7. Rescue of the Princess – 4:46
  8. Inner City – 4:12
  9. Cantina Band – 2:44
  10. The Land of the Sandpeople – 2:50
  11. Mouse Robot and Blasting Off – 4:01
  12. The Return Home – 2:46
  13. The Walls Converge – 4:31
  14. The Princess Appears – 4:04
  15. The Last Battle – 12:05
  16. The Throne Room and End Title – 5:28

Total Time: 74:58

Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack AnthologyEdit

In 1993, Twentieth Century Fox Film Scores released a four CD box set containing music from the original Star Wars Trilogy. This release marked the first time that the complete contents of the original double-LP releases of the scores from the first two movies became available on CD. Disc one in the set was devoted to Star Wars, with further tracks on disc four. For this set, John Williams selected 84 minutes of the 88 minute score.

Track listing for the complete scoreEdit

Available on RCA Victor (1997) and Sony Classical (2004) presenting the complete score in chronological order.

These two releases are essentially the same; one of the few differences is that the 1997 release included a booklet with detailed notes on the soundtrack, while the 2004 release did not.

Digitally remastered and re-edited from the original master tapes, this set is meant to be the definitive collection of the original Star Wars score.

Disc OneEdit

  1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954) – 0:23
  2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner – 2:14
  3. Imperial Attack – 6:43
  4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler – 5:01
  5. The Moisture Farm** – 2:25
  6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset – 4:10
  7. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sandpeople – 3:20 !(00:00-00:21)
  8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force* – 4:29
  9. Burning Homestead – 2:50
  10. Mos Eisley Spaceport – 2:16
  11. Cantina Band – 2:47
  12. Cantina Band #2* – 3:56
  13. Archival Bonus Track: Binary Sunset* (Alternate) – 2:19
  • contains the hidden track "Star Wars Main Title (Complete recording session version)" 11:56

Total Time: 57:35

*previously unreleased

**contains previously unreleased material

Disc TwoEdit

  1. Princess Leia's Theme – 4:27
  2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit – 3:51
  3. Destruction of Alderaan* – 1:32
  4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers* – 3:35
  5. Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush – 4:01
  6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga – 3:48
  7. The Trash Compactor – 3:07
  8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire – 5:18
  9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack – 3:51
  10. The Battle of Yavin – 9:07
    1. Launch from the Fourth Moon* – 1:12
    2. X-Wings Draw Fire – 5:38
    3. Use The Force – 2:17
  11. The Throne Room/End Title – 5:38

Total Time: 48:16

  • Although most likely a typographical mistake, the word "Battle" in track ten is spelled with only one "t" on both the CD inlet and back cover.

*previously unreleased

Recording InformationEdit

Orchestra Edit

Woodwind: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons

Brass: 8 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas

Percussion: Timpani, 3 percussion

Keyboards: Piano, Celeste

Strings: 2 harps, 14 first violins, 12 second violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, 6 double basses

Cantina Band: 3 saxophones, 1 trumpet, 1 clarinet, Fender Rhodes piano, steel drum, Arp synthesizer, drum kit, and percussion

Cue List

R1P2 Main Title R1P3 Imperial Attack - Pt. II [The War] R1P4-R2P1 Imperial Attack [The Escape Hatch] R1P5-R2P1 The Desert [Desert Song] R2P2 The Little People R2P3 The Little People R2P3 NEW The Little People R2P3 REV More Little People R2P5 REV More Little People R2P4 [R2P6] R-2 R3P1 The Princess Appears R3P1 REV The Princes[s] Appears R3P1 REV Princess Leia's Theme [The Princess Appears] R3P2 NEW R3P2 Lost R2 R3P2 REV Lost R-2 R3P3 The Sand Speeder R3P3 REV The Sand Speeder R3P3 REV The Land of the Sand People [The Sand Speeder] R3P4-R4P1 REV Land of the Sand People Pt II [The Sandman Attacks] R3P4-R4P1 The Sand Man Attacks R3P4-R4P1 REV The Sand Man Attacks R4P2 Obi-Wan Kenobi R4P2 Land of the Sand People Pt III [Obi-Wan Kenobi] R4P2A The Force R4P3 The Princess Reappears R4P4 REV The Return Home [A Home Destroyed] R4P4 A Home Destroyed R4P4 REV A Home Destroyed R5P1 A Hive of Villany R5P6 The Inner City R5P6 REV The Inner City R6P1 Blasting Away R6P5 NEW The Destruction of Alderon R7P1 NEW Is It A Bird? R7P2 The Hatch Opens R7P2 The Mouse Robot R8P2 NEW More Rescue R8P2 REV New Introduction to The Rescue  R8P2 The Rescue R8P3 The Water Snake R8P3 REV The Water Snake R8P4 The Walls Converge R9P1 Ben Creeps Around R9P2 The Swashbucklers R9P3-R10P1 Ben's Death R10P2 The Fighters Attack [Here They Come] R10P3-R11P1 Standing By [Stand By] R11P2 REV The Last Battle Pt II [Approaching the Target] R11P2 Approaching the Target R12P2X R12P2 The Throne Room and End Title [End Titles] The Princess Theme

Original Recording Log Edit

The score for Star Wars was recorded over the span of 8 days in the month of March 1977. The 1997 Special Edition soundtrack release by RCA Victor included a detailed look at the recording log for all the cues in the film.

Recording Date: March 5, 1977 - Day 1
Recorded Take Cue Title (Album) Original Cue Title Selected Take Film Order
1-7 Chasm Crossfire R9P2 The Swashbucklers 5, 7 31
8-10 The Death Star R7P1 Is It A Bird? 10 23
11-15 Ben Kenobi's Death R9P3-R10P1 Ben's Death 13, 15 32
16-20 Main Title R1P2 Main Title 18, 19, 20 1
21-23 The Hologram R3P1 The Princess Appears 22 8
Recording Date: March 8, 1977 - Day 2
Recording Take Cue Title (Album) Original Cue Title Selected Take Film Order
24-27 Shootout In The Cell Bay R8P2 REV New Introduction to The Rescue 

R8P2 The Rescue

26, 27 27
28-40 Princess Leia's Theme The Princess Theme 33, 40 N/A
41-50 Imperial Attack (Part 1) R1P3 Imperial Attack - Pt. II [The War] 44, 50 2
51-53 The Tractor Beam R9P1 Ben Creeps Around 53 30
54-55 Binary Sunset (Alternate) R3P2 REV Lost R-2 N/A N/A
Recording Date: March 9, 1977 - Day 3
Recorded Takes Cue Title (Album) Original Cue Title Selected Takes Film Order
56-58 Learn About The Force (Part 2) R4P4 A Home Destroyed 58 15
59-63 Burning Homestead R4P4 REV A Home Destroyed 62, 63 16
64-67 Wookiee Prisoner R7P2 The Mouse Robot 67 25
68-72 Learn About The Force (Part 1) R4P3 The Princess Reappears 72 14
Recording Date: March 10, 1977 - Day 4
Recorded Takes Cue Title Selected Takes Film Order
73-80 Cantina Band 76 18
81-82 Cantina Band #2 81 19
Recording Date: March 11, 1977 - Day 5
Recorded Takes Cue Title (Album) Original Cue Title Selected Takes Film Order
83-85 X-Wings Draw Fire R11P2 REV The Last Battle Pt II [Approaching the Target] 85, 86 35
87-92 Landspeeder Search R3P3 REV The Land of the Sand People [The Sand Speeder] 92 10
93-94 Tales Of A Jedi Knight (Part 2) N/A N/A
95-97 Tie Fighter Attack R10P2 The Fighters Attack [Here They Come] 95, 97 33
98-105 The Trash Compactor R8P4 The Walls Converge 101, 102 29
106-109 Tales Of A Jedi Knight (Part 2) R4P2A The Force 109 13
110-114 The Stormtrooopers R7P2 The Hatch Opens 114 24
115-116 Dianoga R8P3 REV The Water Snake 116 28
117-122 Tales Of A Jedi Knight (Part 1) R4P2 Obi-Wan Kenobi

R4P2 Land of the Sand People Pt III [Obi-Wan Kenobi]

122 12
123-126 The Moisture Farm (Part 2) R2P4 [R2P6] R-2 126 7
Recording Date: March 12, 1977 - Day 6
Recorded Takes Cue Title (Album) Original Cue Title Selected Takes Film Order
127-133 The Throne Room R12P2 The Throne Room and End Title [End Titles] 132, 133 37
134-143 End Title R12P2 The Throne Room and End Title [End Titles] 136, 137, 142, 143 38
144-149 Dune Sea Of Tatooine R1P5-R2P1 The Desert [Desert Song] 149 4
150-154 Detention Block Ambush R8P2 NEW More Rescue 153, 154 26
155-162 Launch From The Fourth Moon R10P3-R11P1 Standing By [Stand By] 162 34
163-167 Imperial Attack (Part 2) R1P4-R2P1 Imperial Attack [The Escape Hatch] 165, 167 3
168-172 Destruction Of Alderaan R6P5 NEW The Destruction of Alderon 172 22
173-175 The Millennium Falcon R5P6 The Inner City 175 20
Recording Date: March 15, 1977 - Day 7
Recorded Takes Cue Title (Album) Original Cue Title Selected Takes Film Order
176-180 Use The Force R11P2 Approaching the Target 178, 180 36
181-185 Mos Eisley Spaceport R5P1 A Hive of Villany 184, 185 17
186-188 Jawa Sandcrawler R2P3 The Little People 186, 187, 188 5
189-197 The Moisture Farm (Part 1) R2P5 REV More Little People 194, 197 6
198-202 Binary Sunset (Revised) R3P2 Lost R2 202 9
Recording Date: March 16, 1977 - Day 8
Recorded Takes Cue Title (Album) Original Cue Title Selected Takes Film Order
203-209 Imperial Cruiser Pursuit R6P1 Blasting Away 205, 206, 209 21
210-214 Attack Of The Sand People R3P4-R4P1 REV Land of the Sand People Pt II [The Sandman Attacks] 213, 214 11
215-219 End Title (Crossover) R12P2 The Throne Room and End Title [End Titles] 219 38

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The 1977 Star Wars Theatrical Souvenir Program states that there were fourteen recording sessions.
  2. 1977 Star Wars Theatrical Souvenir Program
  3. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: A New Hope Soundtrack Vinyl Box Set Coming December 1 on StarWars.com (backup link)

See alsoEdit

Real-world music
Soundtracks
Saga:
I · II · III · IV · V · VI · VII · VIII
Original Soundtrack Anthology · Ultimate Vinyl Collection
Ultimate Soundtrack Edition · Ultimate Digital Collection
Spin-off films & TV:
Ewoks · The Clone Wars movie & seasons 1–6 · Rebels Season One & Season Two · Rogue One
Video games:
Shadows of the Empire · Knights of the Old Republic · KOTOR II
Republic Commando · Forces of Corruption
The Force Unleashed · The Force Unleashed II · The Old Republic
Composers
Clint Bajakian · Peter Bernstein · Michael Giacchino · Mark Griskey · Jesse Harlin · Jerry Hey · Chris Hülsbeck
Kevin Kiner · Frank Klepacki · Joel McNeely · Lin-Manuel Miranda · John Powell · Jeremy Soule · John Williams
Joseph Williams
Performers
London Symphony Orchestra · London Voices
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra · Maurice Murphy · Royal Scottish National Orchestra
New London Children's Choir · Seattle Sinfonia Orchestra
Sheet music books
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
Music from the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition · Selections from Star Wars
Star Wars: A Musical Journey: Episodes I-VI · Star Wars Episodes I, II & III Instrumental Solos
Star Wars for Beginning Piano Solo · The Force Awakens · Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Music Videos
"Lapti Nek": The Music Video from Jabba's Palace · The Duel of the Fates · A Hero Falls
Other
Bantha Music · Christmas in the Stars · Tusken Music · Headspace
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