Star Wars Day 2020 – John Williams – ‘Imperial March’ – Vienna

To celebrate that today is ‘Star Wars Day’ (‘May the 4th be with you’), Deutsche Grammophon and the Vienna Philharmonic / Wiener Philharmoniker have published the complete video and audio for the piece ‘Imperial March’, which was recorded on January 18 and 19, 2020 at the Musikverein Wien in Vienna (Austria) with John Williams conducting the orchestra.


In the words of John Williams:

We played two rehearsals with the orchestra, at the end of which the orchestra management said: ‘Can we play the Imperial March from Star Wars?’ And I hadn’t programmed that. I thought I had already asked the brass to play quite enough big music.


But as I understand it, the brass players in the orchestra themselves requested that we would play the Imperial March. So, at the end of the rehearsal we played it, they had the music, everyone seemed to know it.


I felt very grateful to them for giving me chance to play it at the end of the programme. I loved it.


Full video:




This theme is a preview of the full edition of these concerts, which will be released this summer by Deutche Grammophon on CD/BluRay/LP:


Article on Classic FM:


Tentative tracklist:

  1. The Flight To Neverland (From “Hook”)
  2. Excerpts (From “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”)
  3. Devil’s Dance (From “The Witches of Eastwick”)
  4. Adventures On Earth (From “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”)
  5. Theme (From “Jurassic Park”)
  6. Dartmoor, 1912 (From “War Horse”)
  7. Suite (From “Jaws”)
  8. Marion’s Theme (From “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”)
  9. Main Title (From “Star Wars”)
  10. The Rebellion Is Reborn (From “Star Wars”)
  11. Luke & Leia (From “Star Wars”)
  12. Imperial March (From “Star Wars”)
  13. Raider’s March (From “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”)