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Which of the Star Wars Saga scores is your favorite?

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Strilo , Apr 13, 2018.

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Which of the Star Wars Saga scores is your favorite?

  1. The Phantom Menace

    13 vote(s)
    12.9%
  2. Attack Of The Clones

    4 vote(s)
    4.0%
  3. Revenge Of The Sith

    31 vote(s)
    30.7%
  4. A New Hope

    12 vote(s)
    11.9%
  5. The Empire Strikes Back

    34 vote(s)
    33.7%
  6. Return Of The Jedi

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  7. The Force Awakens

    4 vote(s)
    4.0%
  8. The Last Jedi

    2 vote(s)
    2.0%
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  1. Bacon164

    Bacon164 Chosen One star 7

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    Yah, I voted for ROTS, but actually I think TPM has been imprinted on my brain most.
     
  2. TIE Mechanic

    TIE Mechanic Jedi Padawan star 1

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    I recently purchased the soundtrack from TFA and I am continuously moved by the track 'The Starkiller'. This track is evocative in its intensity and rivals Barber's Adagio for its ability to elicit empathy - even decontextualized from the film. I truly wish Williams developed the theme from 0:30 - 0:40 even further throughout the piece, however, it is still truly stunning in my view and one of the most beautiful pieces from the entire saga.
     
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  3. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I really do love the Starkiller as well! It reminds me of Anakin's Betrayal from the ROTS soundtrack.
     
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  4. DARTH_BELO

    DARTH_BELO Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I am currently in the middle of watching my way thru all the SW films in prep for TROS. I just finished AOTC-it having been over half a year since I'd seen it, which is a record for me-and I was reminded just how incredibly moving and beautiful that film's score is! I'm now reminded how much I love Across the Stars, and how that film's score captures all that is great about JW's contribution to the GFFA.
     
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  5. Darth Buzz

    Darth Buzz Jedi Master star 4

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    Across the Stars is incredible. JW best work IMO..
     
  6. DARTH_BELO

    DARTH_BELO Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Nov 25, 2003
    Yes. It's up there with the Imperial March, Duel of the Fates, and even the Throne Room Finale (my favorite) IMO.
     
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  7. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm glad to hear people say that. I think Across the Stars might be in my top 5 Star Wars themes of all time... I'd have to sketch that out, but for sure ATS is up there for me. I've been fortunate enough to see it performed live a few times by the Oregon Symphony. Incredible experience each time!
     
  8. DarthFixxxer

    DarthFixxxer Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Another vote for AOTC here! It was close, TPM being a worthy adversary, mostly because of Duel Of The Fates of course.
    Across The Stars is a majectic composition.
     
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  9. ThisIsTheWay

    ThisIsTheWay Jedi Knight star 2

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    While every movie definitely has it's individual standout scores, I do feel that Revenge of the Sith has the best overall body of work. It's easy for me to revist certain tracks and end up just letting the whole thing play out. If I ever made a list of my favorite star wars scores, a good chunk of ROTS would likely find it's way high up on there.
     
  10. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Someone already registered ThisIsTheWay? Wow. I can't wait to meet IHaveSpoken.
     
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  11. Sith Lord 2015

    Sith Lord 2015 Jedi Master star 4

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    Agree. If I had to pick a single track from the whole saga it would be ATS. I didn't vote for AOTC as a whole because I think the ESB score has slightly more variety and new themes. But my favorites from that one would be "Yoda's Theme" and the love theme rather than "Imperial March". I like IM, but in recent years I find it slightly overrated on this forum. It's a nice piece of music, as are many others, but to me "Across the Stars" is #1, especially in the finale where it fades in from IM.
     
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  12. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    I would say the Imperial March is more overplayed than overrated. I got chills down my spine hearing that for the first time in the theater.
     
  13. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Overplayed is a good way to say it. I do think it's also overused in the TESB score, myself.
     
  14. themoth

    themoth Force Ghost star 5

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    TESB is my instant go-to Star Wars soundtrack. After that, the original 1977 score and Revenge of the Sith. All the other soundtracks have great music too, though.
     
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  15. jedijax

    jedijax Force Ghost star 6

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    I've had the TLJ blu ray since the spring and never realized there was a score-only version until I saw it on D+ today. I really wished there was a way they could do that for all the movies now.
     
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  16. RedeemBenSolo

    RedeemBenSolo Jedi Padawan

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    I cannot wait for an extended TROS soundtrack.
     
  17. jedijax

    jedijax Force Ghost star 6

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    For some reason, they removed the score only option from D+. Good thing I have it on Moviesanywhere!
     
  18. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Shelf of Shame Host star 9 VIP - Game Host

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    What're the chances Williams gets an Oscar nom?
     
  19. The Raddinator

    The Raddinator Jedi Knight star 2

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    I rewatched ESB recently and it really hit me how often it appears there; it definitely is a bit too much.

    I mean, to be fair, if I wrote the Imperial March, I would definitely use it at every single vaguely appropriate opportunity so I can't blame JW too much.

    Anyway, my answer to the original question is:

    1) ESB
    2) ANH
    3) ROTS
    4) TFA

    And beyond that, I'm not sure I have a clear ranking. Across the Stars is my favourite piece of prequels music, but I'm not sure the rest of the score lives up to it.
     
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  20. Howard Hand

    Howard Hand Jedi Master star 4

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    Pretty good considering the last two films got score nominations.
    Though the films themselves were more critically acclaimed (always a factor in Best Score nominations)
     
  21. 11-4D

    11-4D Force Ghost star 5

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    The score for A New Hope really nails the main theme and credits music best in the whole saga. That's my favorite rendition of those themes. But overall I would pick ROTS.
     
  22. jedijax

    jedijax Force Ghost star 6

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    My ranking of the 9 Williams saga scores:

    1. ANH
    2. ESB
    3. TPM
    4. ROTS
    5. ROTJ
    6. TROS
    7. TFA
    8. TLJ
    9. AOTC
     
  23. DarthHass

    DarthHass Jedi Grand Master star 3

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    I’m one of the 2 that voted the last Jedi o_O
     
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  24. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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  25. AnakinTheChosenOne

    AnakinTheChosenOne Jedi Knight star 1

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    My Ranking:
    1. ROTS
    2. AOTC
    3. TPM
    4. ROTJ
    5. TLJ
    6. TESB
    7. TROS
    8. ANH
    9. TFA
     
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