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Imperial March, The

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John Williams

John Williams (trans. Stephen Bulla)

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Subtitle: Darth Vader's Theme

General Info

Year: 1980 / 2008
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $215.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the most recognized themes from the silver screen first appeared in the film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This powerful arrangement for mature bands presents this dark and sinister march in its full splendor and will delight audiences everywhere.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Carroll Community Wind Ensemble (Carrollton, Ga.) (Terry Lowery, conductor) - 22 October 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Campus Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 8 March 2019
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point, N.Y.) (Richard Winkels, conductor) – 21 July 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.