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The Empire Strikes Back Soundtrack - 01-02. 20th Century Fox - Main Title/The Ice Planet Of Hoth

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The 20th Century Fox Fanfare was composed and originally recorded by Alfred Newman in 1933, when Twentieth Century Films first merged with Fox Movietone. In 1939, Newman became head of the studio's music department, and in 1954 he prepared an extended version of the fanfare for use on Fox's CinemaScope stereophonic presentations. The fanfare was eliminated from the studio's 70mm TODD-AO productions in the 1960's, and by the 1970's both long and short versions were used arbitrarily and inconsistently. Star Wars reintroduced Newman's original version to the cinema-going masses, and for the sequel Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra made a new recording of Newman's extended fanfare for the first time in a quarter century. This recording, presented here, is followed as in the film by the Main Title, the classic Star Wars march performed here with slightly modified orchestrations from those for the first film. The "Main Title" leads into The Ice Planet Hoth, the beginning of which was eventually rescored with "The Imperial Probe" (see track 4). Both versions start with dancing flutes and a rising horn phrase over which Darth Vader's theme is introduced by a solo piccolo. This original version continues with the entrance of trumpets, leading the orchestra to a great crescendo of Vader's theme and beginning an extended sequence of more than sixteen minutes of continuous music. Nine minutes of this music was either dropped, rescored, or replaced by other cues. A grandiose passage leads to a rhythmic section featuring the tuba, followed by a sudden quietness as Luke's tauntaun is seen striding across the glacier. Strains of the main Star Wars theme are played by a solo trumpet as Luke appears, and then, as he converses via comlink with Han Solo, the French horns introduce the new theme for Han and his growing relationship with Princess Leia. Bombastic percussion and trumpets intervene when Luke is suddenly attacked by a wampa ice creature. This is followed by unused militaristic music for Han Solo's arrival at the Rebel base. The main theme is heard subtly in the violin section, and then prominently by trumpets as Han checks in with his first mate, the Wookiee Chewbacca. Flutes and trombones recall Princess Leia's theme from Star Wars as Han enters the command center. As he informs General Rieekan that he and Chewbacca must leave to settle a debt with Jabba the Hutt, the orchestra gently modulates into another playing of the theme by oboes and flutes. The violins swell, leading to the first full presentation of the Han/Leia theme as the Princess voices her objection. This melody perfectly complements the earlier theme, but trades in its pure innocence for a more mature love theme infused with an appropriate hesitancy and a sweeping 19th-century Romanticism. Williams next introduces a playful new motif for C-3PO and R2-D2 as the droids appear. As the mystery of Luke's whereabouts develops, the rest of the cue features various shades of his theme by French horn, violins, and oboe/flute. The track ends with a dramatic violin flourish of Solo's theme as Han mounts a tauntaun to search for his friend. the galaxy. Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space.... - An Imperial Star Destroyer deploys probes on Hoth - Luke is attacked by a Wampa while scouting the plains of Hoth - Han returns to Echo Base and finds out Luke has not returned back