Soundtrack/1980/Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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Release history (with Versions)[edit]

Version Title U.S. release date Label Format
A The Empire Strikes Back–Original Soundtrack[1] May 16, 1980 RSO

(65 versions on Discogs)

1986 Polydor [2] CD

(expanded and exclusively includes alt version of end credits)

Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology[3]
1993 Arista

(most complete yet except for credits from version B)

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1997 RCA Victor[4] Double CD
2004[5] Sony Classical
The Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition November 6, 2007 CD
Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection January 8, 2016 CD, LP, digital
A (remastered) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[6] May 4, 2018 Walt Disney Remastered CD, digital

By Cue and By Minute[edit]

by cue


by minute


1m1 Fanfare and Main Title
- "20th Century Fox Fanfare"

- "Star Wars (Main Theme)"

- "Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth"

- "The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor"

1m1 and 1m2a Imperial Probe Droid
Part 2
"Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth"

"The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight"

1m3/2m1 Luke's Escape
2m2 Ben's Instructions
2M3 Luke's Rescue
2M4 The Imperial March - The Probe Scanner
3M1 3M2 Drawing the Battle Lines etc Part 1
3M2 Leia's Instructions (final segment)
3M3 The Snow Battle
3M4 4M1 Luke's First Crash
4M2 The Rebels Escape Again
4M3 The Asteroid Field
5M1 Crash Landing
5M2 Yoda Appears
5M3 Yoda's Entrance
5M4 6M1 Solo and the Princess
6M2 Yoda's Teaching
6M3 This Is Not A Cave
6M5 7M1 The Magic Tree
7M2 Attack Position
7M3 Yoda Raises the Ship
8M1 Vader's Command
8m2 City in the Clouds
Sibelius vs Williams
8m3 Lando's Palace
ESB 17: Pomp Without Circumstance (with Alex Ludwig)
9m1 Luke to the Rescue
ESB 18: Glory of the Cloud Car (with Nic Tan)
9m2 Vader Shows Up
9m3 Putting Threepio Together
ESB 19: Mayor of Circuit City (with James Waterman and Justin Scheid)
9M6/10M1 Carbon Freeze
ESB 20: Neapolitan Emergency (with Pete and Alex from Star Wars Minute)

Temp Music[edit]

  • "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" composed by Béla Bartók
    • 3rd Movement
    • features what Frank Lehman calls "high, squirmy glissandoing strings" [1]