The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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John Williams: Ten Best Movie Soundtracks
4. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Why The Empire Strikes Back, you may ask, and not Star Wars in our chart of John Williams' Ten Best? Well simply because the second episode (or is it fifth?) in the Star Wars franchise has all the best tunes from the first, but more developed. And then there's the added material that went with the greater dramatic and emotional complexity of the film. Notable among the new material was the darkly rhythmic, Prokofiev-flavoured Imperial Theme - also known as Darth Vader's March - and the introduction of music for Yoda. In an interview with Classic FM, Williams said that Yoda's Theme may be his favourite: 'The simplicity of the tune - combined with the logic of its intervals - seems to carry some gravitas with it,' he said. 'It's a combination that's hard to produce if it's too eagerly sought after.'