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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Donald Hunsberger)

General Info

Year: 1977 / 1997
Duration: c. 19:30
Difficulty: V-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00   |   Score Only - $50.00


1. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) - 3:10
2. Princess Leia's Theme - 4:25
3. Battle in the Forest (The Forest Battle) - 3:45
4. Yoda's Theme - 3:30
5. Star Wars (Main Theme) - 2:50


Full Score
C Piccolo (doubling Flute IV)
Flute I-II-III (II doubling Alto Flute, III doubling C Piccolo II)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI (I-II doubling B-flat Piccolo, V-VI doubling Flugelhorn)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Cowbells (tuned)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Steel Plate
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodblocks (tuned)
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Horn III-IV, Mvt.1, m.46 and 47: Should be G on the first 3 beats, leaving the F# on b. 4

Program Notes

John Williams has rightfully earned a place in the hearts of all film lovers with his numerous brilliant scores to some of the best movies of the last half century. Capable of writing music ranging from tender, intimate moods to galactic battles, Williams carefully constructs each score as a separate, freestanding entity, not just background snippets. The selections in this exciting collection include The Imperial March (Darth Vader Theme), Princess Leia's Theme, The Battle in the Forest, Yoda's Theme, and Star Wars® (Main Theme).

- Program Note from publisher

In 1977, George Lucas's highly imaginative entertainment experience first transported an audience to an unknown galaxy thousands of light years from Earth. The Star Wars experience was a blending of contemporary science fiction with the romantic fantasies of sword and sorcery. The story follows a young man, Luke Skywalker, on a journey through exotic worlds in a perpetual struggle of good against evil and the eventual success of love conquering all. Star Wars and its two companion films, Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back, form the center of a planned nine-part historical series.

The five movements of the Trilogy were selected by arranger Donald Hunsberger to display the excitement, beauty, and contrast in John Williams’s soundtrack for these first three films. The Imperial March, subtitled Darth Vader's Theme, represents the evil might of the Galactic Empire and the supreme villainy of its leader. Princess Leia's Theme is much gentler and pays tribute to the romantic music of the early film heroines. Musical themes are scattered and rapidly shifting in the Battle in the Forest, reflecting the cuts in the movie as the ground battle begins. The almost comedic theme of the teddy bear-like Ewoks contrasts against the huge, but mechanical, armament of the Empire's forces. The old Jedi Master of Dagobah is honored in Yoda's Theme. The gentleness and understanding of the Master is conveyed in the ethereal setting of the swamp where Yoda harnesses the power of the Force to raise Luke's crashed X-Wing fighter. The transition into the heroic Star Wars (Main Theme) seems natural as the power of good, embodied in the Force, is triumphant.

- Program Note by Foothill Symphonic Winds concert program, 8 March 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (William Wakefield, conductor) - 19 February 2023 (Mvt. II, Princess Leia’s Theme)
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble (Jason Caslor, conductor) - 27 January 2023
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) - 12 December 2022
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 27 May 2022
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Donald Hunsberger, conductor) - 15 April 2022
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) - 6 March 2022
  • University of Louisiana Monroe Wind Ensemble (Derle R. Long, conductor) - 4 May 2021
  • University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) - 1 May 2021
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) - 1 May 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Colin R. McKenzie, conductor) 26 February 2021
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Cormac Cannon, conductor) – 14 February 2020
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 1 February 2020
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) – 26 November 2019
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Erin Bodnar, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.) Wind Ensemble (Jason Ladd, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Preparatory Wind Orchestra (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • Texas A&M University (Lubbock) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 28 April 2019
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (David M. Jacobs, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point, N.Y.) (Richard Winkels, conductor) – 21 July 2018
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 17 June 2018
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (James Baxter, conductor) – 11 May 2018
  • McDaniel College (Westminster, Md.) Band (Linda Kirkpatrick, conductor) 4 May 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Williams, J.; Hunsberger, D. (1997). Star Wars Trilogy [score]. Alfred Publishing: Van Nuys, Calif.