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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope soundtrack
Attribution
Author(s)

John Williams

Publication information
Publisher

Sony

Released

September 21, 2004

Type

CD

General information
Genre(s)

Film score

Era(s)

Rebellion era

Timeline

0 BBY


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.

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 Theme – 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.

The one true difference between these two releases is the omission of a booklet and the replacement with special screen-savers. The pre-special edition release of the score (1997) contained extensive notes, where as 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. However, the original releases do, occasionally, cull from alternate takes of cues.

One such example is the "The Throne Room," wherein the horn player plays a duplet into the second horn note, where as on prior releases, the horns play a triplet.


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

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

See alsoEdit

Real-world music
Soundtracks
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope · The Empire Strikes Back · Return of the Jedi
Ewoks · The Clone Wars
Shadows of the Empire · Republic Commando · Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic II · Forces of Corruption · The Force Unleashed
The Force Unleashed II · The Old Republic
Original Soundtrack Anthology
Composers
John Williams · Joel McNeely · Clint Bajakian · Peter Bernstein · Jesse Harlin · Mark Griskey
Frank Klepacki · Jeremy Soule · Joseph Williams · Jerry Hey · Kevin Kiner · Michael Giacchino · Chris Hülsbeck
Marco D'Ambrosio · Yoko Shimomura · Kaoru Wada
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 · Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra · Music Creation · G.Y.A.
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
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
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