Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Artwork for our Film Soundtrack Podcast

Score Guide – Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Welcome Rebels! Join Wend and his smuggler co-pilot Will Dodson once more onboard their trusty SSR-15 Corellian Class Cruiser for the second of three special Score Guides! In celebration of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, we are taking a look back at the original trilogy continuing today with Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, composed by the legendary film composer John Williams.

The Empire Strikes Back is one of the greatest film scores ever!  Williams and the LSO are unstoppable, is there anything they can’t do?! With the support of their musical Rebel Alliance*, your Rebel hosts guide you through all the major and minor themes, leitmotifs, and stellar orchestration of this remarkable score one week before The Force Awakens hits movie theatres!

Click PLAY to enjoy our GREATEST episode to date!

*Many thanks to our Rebel Alliance for making this episode extra special with their astute observations, words of wisdom and sticking it to the Empire: Charlie McCarron, Erik Woods, Jason Hess, Tiago Gomes, Travis Elder, Xander Stobbs, Ian Crabb, Benson Farris, Dane Walker, Chris Lyndon and George Shaw.


Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Sony Classical Records (2004)


0:00:00 – Skit

Featuring Will Dodson & Wendell Jones

Disc One

0:05:14 – 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954)

0:05:25 – 2. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

0:10:59 – 3. The Wampa’s Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight

0:15:59 – 4. The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor

0:18:50 – 5. The Battle of Hoth

0:24:44 – 6. The Asteroid Field

Rebels: Charlie McCarron, Erik Woods, Jason Hess, Tiago Gomes, Travis Elder

0:33:01 – 7. Arrival on Dagobah

0:36:31 – 8. Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor

0:38:10 – 9. Han Solo and the Princess

Rebels: Xander Stobbs, Ian Crabb

0:42:12 – 10. Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave

0:45:05 – John Williams on working with orchestrator Herbert Spencer

0:48:45 – 11. The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

Disc Two

0:51:04 – 1. The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)

Rebel: Benson Farris

0:53:54 – 2. Yoda’s Theme

Rebels: Dane Walker, Chris Lyndon

1:00:12 – 3. Attacking a Star Destroyer

1:01:06 – 4. Yoda and the Force

Rebel: George Shaw

1:04:17 – The Force Awakens Trailer

1:06:01 – 5. Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City in the Clouds

1:07:01 – 6. Lando’s Palace

1:08:19 – 7. Betrayal at Bespin

1:10:16 – 8. Deal with the Dark Lord

1:12:03 – 9. Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader’s Trap/Departure of Boba Fett

1:13:15 – John Williams and George Lucas at the Spotting Session

1:16:02 – 10. The Clash of Lightsabers/The Stormtroopers are Coming

1:20:10 – 11. Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace

1:22:54 – 12. The Rebel Fleet/End Title

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