|1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare|
|2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner|
|3. Imperial Attack|
|4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler|
|5. The Moisture Farm|
|6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset|
|7. Landspeeder Search/Attack Of The Sand People|
|8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force|
|9. Burning Homestead|
|10. Mos Eisley Spaceport|
See all 13 tracks on this disc
|1. Princess Leia's Theme|
|2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit|
|3. Destruction of Alderaan|
|4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers|
|5. Wookie Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush|
|6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga|
|7. The Trash Compactor|
|8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire|
|9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack|
|10. The Battle of Yavin|
See all 11 tracks on this disc
A long time ago...
Movie music has a grand and glorious tradition that goes back a long way. But just as George Lucas pretty much single-handedly brought back science fiction films, John Williams pretty much did the same thing with symphonic scores. In the 70s everyone was moving away from classical style scores in favor of the rock n' roll soundtracks and such. But that's not what George wanted. He wanted classical music (ala 2001:A Space Oddessy). Thank GOODNESS Speilburg talked him out of it.
It is a period of civil war...
The grand and glorious sweeping epic (and I am NOT exaggerating) score is greatly helped by the use of a technique Wagner liked to use. Every person in our story has their own theme, and that theme comes back again and again in differnet ways throughout the film (sadly, bravely, tenderly) to give emphasis to key moments. The effect works tremendously. John Williams has always been fond of using drums and brass sounds (horns and such) for dramatic effect, and it suits the FEEL of Star Wars perfectly.
Before I was but the learner...
Some have argued, and perhaps justly so, that Williams stole a lot of his technique from earlier film composers and classical composers. Certainly, the influence greats like Rosa (of Ben Hur fame) cannot be denied.