Asteroid Field, The

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General Info

Year: 1980 / 2023
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The Asteroid Field captures a daring action sequence from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In this scene, Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3PO, and Chewbacca attempt to flee the Imperial Star Destroyers in the Millennium Falcon. A faulty lightspeed engine forces Han to enter a dangerous asteroid field to escape. Eventually, the starship evades its pursuers and descends into a deep canyon on a large asteroid.

Familiar musical motifs surface in this scene, including the famous Imperial March and Princess Leia’s Theme. The music careens and tumbles with the racing starship and conveys that the fate of the galaxy may indeed rest on the outcome of this chase.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 16 July 2023

The Empire Strikes Back (also known as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back) is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. The second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Frank Oz.

The film is set three years after Star Wars. The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader and the Emperor, is in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues the small band of Luke's friends -- Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and others -- across the galaxy, Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda. When Vader captures Luke's friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a full Jedi Knight or to confront Vader and save them.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (John Williams, conductor) - 16 July 2023

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