Star Wars is one of the most popular film franchises of all time. The first movie was released in 1977 and not only did it launch this worldwide phenomenon, but it become the highest grossing movie of all time. The following 5 movies in the franchise were also very successful. One of the most recognizable features of the movies is the musical score, which has been nominated for many awards including multiple Academy Awards, Grammy Awards and many others. The most well known musical piece from the films is known as “Luke’s Theme” or the “Main Theme” and it is believed to be one of the best known pieces of music in the history of film! Let’s find out who composed the music for the Star Wars movies.
Who composed the Star Wars music soundtrack?
Despite a 28 year gap between the first and final movie in the Star Wars franchise each of the films were composed by the famous composer John Williams. Williams landed the role on the first film when Steven Spielberg, who had worked with him on prior projects, recommended him to director George Lucas. He composed an entire original score for the films. The style of music for the first film is usually described as grand symphonic and it led to a resurgence of this style of music in Hollywood. Williams won the “Best Music, Original Score” Academy Award for his work on the first film (he also won a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Grammy Award) and was nominated for the same award for the next two movies. The soundtrack to the first film remains the all time highest grossing recording of non-popular music.
The music for the animated Star Wars film “The Clone Wars” was composed by Kevin Kiner.
Did you know?
John Williams has had almost 50 Academy Award nominations for his work on film scores throughout his career!
In 2009 the music from the Star Wars films was turned into a concert, known as Star Wars: In Concert. The first performance in London was attended by approximately 20,000 fans. These concerts have also been performed in the United States and Canada.
The main theme of Star Wars, and much of the other music, was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.