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Secrets of the Star Wars score

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Published : Jan 2, 2018, 12:46 am IST
Updated : Jan 2, 2018, 12:49 am IST

Han Solo and Leia’s visit to Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back ends up being a terrible mistake for the entire group.

Yet another little-known decision about the music is in Return of the Jedi.
 Yet another little-known decision about the music is in Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars is back to being a talking point now since The Last Jedi released. While the visuals in the original series were what made the audience fall for the story, it would have been impossible to make such an impact without the score. While most Star Wars fans know the music by heart, there are some little-known facts about the soundtrack of the original trilogy.

The Darth Vader track — The Imperial March — became almost synonymous  with the franchise after Empire Strikes Back was released. However, the villainous character had a completely different track too, that can only be heard in A New Hope.

Han Solo and Leia’s visit to Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back ends up being a terrible mistake for the entire group. When Han, Leia, Chewbacca and the robots set their course for the city, Han seems pretty confident about the decision. As Han’s ship, the Falcon, flies closer to the city, the only sound is that of vocals with the score eerily absent. The absence of music acts as a warning.

Yet another little-known decision about the music is in Return of the Jedi. When Luke Skywalker comes to Darth Vadar and appeals to the good left in Anakin Skywalker, the scene closes with Vadar looking out at the clouds, while ominous music plays in the background.

Originally, a hint of Luke’s theme was also supposed to play, but George Lucas changed the music. Because of this, Darth Vader’s return to the light at the end of the film comes as a complete surprise to the audience.

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