This is my first post here on the Music Forum, and I'm glad to see these boards are doing so well. Prior to the release of The Phantom Menace, I tried to avoid as many spoilers as I could. I watched the trailers and anything presented on the Official Site, and I got bombarded with all sorts of stuff at the Celebration in Denver, but I tried pretty hard not to find out the overall plot and storyline. Therefore, I almost avoided buying the TPM soundtrack the day it was released because I had already heard that the track titles were as spoilerific as anything. But since the music of Star Wars is almost as important to me as the films themselves, I broke down and bought the soundtrack to tide me over those last couple of weeks before the movie came out. Still not wanting to be spoiled too much, I only allowed myself to listen to two tracks: Duel of the Fates (I had heard it a million times in Denver already) and Augie's Great Municipal Band & End Credits (I was hoping it would be a suite like the End Credits for TESB and ROTJ). Anyway, long story short (too late! LOL), the first time I heard Augie's, I seriously got chills and it even brought tears to my eyes (still does sometimes, honestly). First because it was new Star Wars music after 16 years!!! Second, because it was so upbeat and uplifting. Third, because I tried to imagine what was going on in the film at the time (I assumed it had to be a final celebration sequence), and fourth because it immediately sounded eerily familiar and even haunting. Now, keep in mind that at the time I first heard it, I didn't know the plot of TPM. But there it was....as plain as day.... a happy and cheerful version of the Emperor's Theme from ROTJ being sung by children rather than a male chorus! I couldn't think of why in the world the Emperor's theme would ever be portrayed like that, so I immediately played the track for friends...and they all recognized it (and freaked out), too. Of course, the greatest part was when I finally saw the film and understood the context of how that theme could be portayed that way. It's so perfect! Everybody is all happy, thinking they've won the day and kept Naboo safe from the evil Trade Federation. Boss Nass yells for peace, Amidala and Anakin share a glance, and Obi-Wan and the Jedi Council look on with approval. But despite all the outward celebration that the music represents on the surface, it's actually for an internal celebration that the majority of the movie-going public didn't even catch. In the middle of everything else, there stands Palpatine - newly elected Chancellor of the Republic - realizing that everything (except the loss of Maul) was proceeding exactly as he had planned, so the celebration (and accompanying theme) is most appropriate for him. Little does everybody else know that they're only celebrating the beginning of the end... Now jump to after the TPM release when word started spreading on the net as people realized that Augie's was a disguised version of the Sith theme. I was glad I had noticed it on my own and excited that other people were picking up on it as well. But shortly thereafter, reports started coming out saying that Williams said that it was not planned that way and was completely unintentional. Some fans swear that Augie's was meant to play off the Sith theme....others have never caught the connection.....and various websites have come up with all sorts of evidence to support arguments on both sides. So now that we have this forum, let's discuss this somewhat controversial piece of Star Wars music. Augie's - Do you like it? Love it? Hate it? And is it supposed to be a hidden (dare I say "insidious") portrayal of the Sith theme that overshadows the duality of the end celebration in The Phantom Menace? Discuss.