The Asteroid Field

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The Asteroid Field
General information

John Williams




the chase through the Hoth asteroid field

Performed by

London Symphony Orchestra


Film Score

Usage information



"The Asteroid Field" 

The Asteroid Field is a musical piece composed by John Williams for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It can be compared to its movie as Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack can be compared to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: it achieved a minor popularity to music enthusiasts as a track.


It opens with a portion of The Imperial March. There's subtle brass with woodwinds for the melody in two distinctive segments from 0:50 through 2:15. Big brass catches the ear of the listener from 2:17 through 2:41, then reprising an earlier segment, before a crescendo to an altered segment of the preceding brass, and then goes off to a segment from Han Solo and the Princess. The piece ends with a quiet, eerie segment, before using woodwinds as a finale.


  • John Williams originally composed the piece for The Empire Strikes Back, during the first asteroid field scene. A few sources, however, like to use the segment played from 2:17 through 2:41 to represent the Millennium Falcon, as if that was the vessel's main theme. This was the case in a documentary by the Hasbro Toy Company regarding their action figure scale Millennium Falcon, when it showed various scenes involving the starship.
  • The theme is played prominently during the Star Tours attraction when the passengers' StarSpeeder 3000 has a dangerous encounter with a large group of comets.
  • In many Star Wars Video Games it is used in Asteroid FIeld levels such as in Star Wars: Starfighter, Star Wars Battlefront and its sequel Star Wars Battlefront II
  • It's one of the chapters on the Musical Journey DVD as an "Escape Theme".

Compositions and motifs
Introduced in Episode I
"Duel of the Fates" · "Anakin's Theme" · "Qui-Gon's Theme"
"Funeral Theme" · "Droid Invasion Theme" · "Jar Jar's Theme"
"Darth Maul's Motif" · "Shmi's theme" · "The Arrival at Tatooine" · "Escape from Naboo" · "The Flag Parade"
Introduced in Episode II
"Across the Stars" · "Separatist Theme" · "Kamino motif" · "Mourning Theme" · "The Arena"
"Republic Motif" · "Jango's Escape" · "Bounty Hunter's Pursuit" · "The Meadow Picnic"
Introduced in Episode III
"Battle of the Heroes" · "General Grievous's theme"
"Anakin's Betrayal" · "Padmé's Destiny" · "Padmé's Ruminations"
"Immolation theme" · "Mystery of the Sith motif" · "Anakin's Dark Deeds"
Introduced in Episode IV
"Star Wars Main Title" · "Princess Leia's Theme" · "Rebel Fanfare" · "The Throne Room" · "Binary Sunset"
"Imperial motif" · "Death Star motif" · "Jawa Theme" · "Here They Come!" · "The Final Battle" · "Tusken Raider Theme"
Introduced in Episode V
"The Imperial March" · "Han Solo and the Princess" · "Yoda's Theme" · "Droids motif" · "Boba Fett's motif"
"Lando's Palace" · "Betrayal at Bespin motif" · "The Asteroid Field"
Introduced in Episode VI
"Parade of the Ewoks" · "The Forest Battle" · "Jabba's Theme" · "The Emperor's Theme" · "Luke and Leia"
"Victory Celebration" · "Yoda's Revelation" · "Jabba the Hutt" · "Ewok Celebration"
Introduced in The Clone Wars
"Ahsoka's Triumphant Theme" · "Padmé's Theme" · "Clone Wars Victory Theme" · "Ahsoka's Theme"
Introduced in Shadows of the Empire
"Xizor's Theme" · "Dash's theme"
Introduced in The Force Unleashed
"Kota's Theme" · "Force Unleashed Theme" · "Juno Eclipse's Theme" · "Redemption Theme"
Introduced in Rogue Squadron
"Rogue Squadron Main Title"
Real-world music
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope · The Empire Strikes Back · Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens · Ewoks · The Clone Wars · The Clone Wars Seasons 1–6
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 · Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection
Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition · Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection
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
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
Music Videos
"Lapti Nek" The Music Video from Jabba's Palace · The Duel of the Fates · A Hero Falls
Bantha Music · Christmas in the Stars · Tusken Music

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