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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Donald Hunsberger)

General Info

Year: 1977 / 1997
Duration: c. 19:00
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 - 4:35
3. Battle in the Forest (The Forest Battle) - 3:40
4. Yoda's Theme - 3:30
5. Star Wars (Main Theme) - 2:40


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat 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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Horn 3 & 4, 1st movement, mm. 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 by 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

Commercial Discography

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  • 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
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Michael Votta, conductor)– 27 April 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 28 January 2018
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 8 November 2017
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 5 November 2017
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn. D. Vondran, conductor) – 2 June 2017
  • Central Valley Winds (Fresno, Calif.) (Michael E. Hipp, conductor) – 30 April 2017
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) – 6 April 2017
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 26 February 2017 

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.