While I agree that the rhythmic string writing of the Escape From Cloud City is indeed fantastic and overlooked by most people, I can't believe you didn't at least make mention of one of the greatest secondary themes in the entire Star Wars trilogy: the Asteroid Field. Frantic strings, busy woodwinds, soaring brass...never before has a theme so bold been used so effectively. The slightly different and very interesting concertized version contained on the Charles Gerhardt recording. If only more orchestras played this amazing piece in concert!
Anyway, the saga of the many albums of the Star Wars trilogy is fun to read so it's good to have the extensive write-up of it here. We should be thankful that we're lucky enough to have a full, complete, and readily available release of this, the most perfect of all film scores.
Re: Not even a small mention of the asteroid theme?
Tuesday, March 22, 2005(5:51 p.m.)
Oh, dont worry, not everyone's forgotten "The Asteroid Chase"... I happen to agree with you in that it's absolutely genius. I love the bit at the beginning with the huge, pounding version of the Imperial March, and the way it goes from sounding frantic and desparate at the start to magnificent and triumphant as the Falcon escapes from the pursuing fighters. Good stuff, but never play it in your car's CD player on the highway -- you'll find yourself clocking 100 mph in no time and begging for a speeding ticket....