The Empire Strikes Back: the Music Part I


Storm Troopers parade outside the Empire cinema to celebrate the London premiere of the final part of the Star Wars series, and the first ever screening of the entire six-film Star Wars saga, in Leicester Square on May 16, 2005 in London, England. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

When approaching the film score to The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to the unprecedented smash hit Star Wars just three years before, John Williams made it all look easy. It wasn't. The pressure was intense, and the timeline was challenging. We discuss the initial spotting session for Empire, as well as the new, central musical themes that emerge in this sequel... one that changed the Star Wars franchise, and its music, forever.