Friday, December 18, 2015

Scoring the Series: Star Wars

As we celebrate the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, here is a guide to the scoring of each Star Wars film with a few scoring photos tossed in.   

Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Music composed by John Williams
Conducted by John Williams
Orchestrator: Herbert W. Spencer, Angela Morley, Arthur Morton, Albert Woodbury
Music Editor: Kenneth Wannberg 
Music Scoring Mixer: Eric Tomlinson
Music Supervisor: Lionel Newman

Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Anvil Scoring Stage, Denham, England - March 1977



Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Music composed by John Williams
Conducted by John Williams
Orchestrator: Herbert W. Spencer
Music Editor: Kenneth Wannberg
Music Scoring Mixer: Eric Tomlinson
Music Supervisor: Lionel Newman
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Anvil Scoring Stage, Denham, England - December 1979-January 1980





Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Music composed by John Williams
Conducted by John Williams
Orchestrator: Herbert W. Spencer
Music Editor: Kenneth Wannberg
Music Scoring Mixer: Eric Tomlinson
Music Supervisor: Lionel Newman
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London - January-March 1983





Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Music composed by John Williams
Conducted by John Williams
Orchestrator: John Neufeld, Conrad Pope, Eddie Karam
Music Editor: Kenneth Wannberg
Music Scoring Mixer: Shawn Murphy
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London - February, 1999



Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Music composed by John Williams
Conducted by John Williams
Orchestrator: Conrad Pope, Eddie Karam
Music Editor: Kenneth Wannberg
Music Scoring Mixer: Shawn Murphy
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London - January 2002




Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Music composed by John Williams
Conducted by John Williams
Orchestrator: Conrad Pope, Eddie Karam
Music Editor: Kenneth Wannberg
Music Scoring Mixer: Shawn Murphy
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London - February 2005




Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Music composed by John Williams
Conducted by John Williams, William Ross
Orchestrator: John Williams, William Ross, Gustavo Dudamel
Music Editor: Ramiro Belgardt
Music Scoring Mixer: Shawn Murphy
Performed by Hollywood Studio Symphony
Recorded at Sony Scoring Stage




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