Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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by Joel McNeely
     
 

The score for the video game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire represents the first authorized music from George Lucas' interstellar franchise written by a composer other than John Williams. Joel McNeely, who succeeded Williams for the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, was the logical choice here as well.See more details below

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The score for the video game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire represents the first authorized music from George Lucas' interstellar franchise written by a composer other than John Williams. Joel McNeely, who succeeded Williams for the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, was the logical choice here as well. Employing signature themes and motifs from Williams' original Star Wars score -- arguably the most beloved and influential movie music of the late 20th century -- McNeely vividly captures the power and majesty one expects from the series, thanks in large part to the epic performance of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. To McNeely's credit, he also deviates sharply from Williams' template, contributing dissonant, intensely rhythmic passages (most notably "Xizor's Theme") without precedent in the Star Wars canon. Purists may blanch, but more adventurous listeners will appreciate the divergences from formula.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/1996
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206570021
catalogNumber:
5700

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Tracks

  1. Main Theme from "Star Wars & Leia's Nightmare"  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  2. The Battle of Gall  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  3. Imperial City  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  4. Beggar's Canyon Chase  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  5. The Southern Underground  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  6. Xizor's Theme  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  7. The Seduction of Princess Leia  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  8. Night Skies  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  9. Into the Sewers  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  10. The Destruction of Xizor's Palace  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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