Star Wars named UK's top movie theme in BBC vote

Star Wars Williams' theme won him the most awards of his career

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John Williams' Star Wars theme has been voted the UK's favourite film soundtrack in a new BBC vote

Star Wars took almost a quarter of the vote, with Ennio Morricone's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly coming in second.

Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story was third in the Sound of Cinema vote.

Voters chose from a shortlist of 20 compiled by film fans and experts from across the BBC. Later, the BBC Concert Orchestra will play the 20 soundtracks live on BBC Radio 3.

It will be conducted by Robert Ziegler at the Air Studios in London.

Those who compiled the top 20 included Radio 2's Simon Mayo, Radio 3's Matthew Sweet and Tommy Sandhu from Asian Network. Ziegler also contributed.

Star Wars return

Williams will talk about writing the theme from the 1977 film on Composer of the Week next week.

The Star Wars theme won him the most awards of his career, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Bafta.

The theme was also named best instrumental composition, best original score and best pop instrumental performance at the Grammys.

In July, it was announced that Williams would return to score the new Star Wars film, Episode VII.

John Williams and George Lucas Williams (L) will return to score the next Star Wars film

He said he was "happy to be continuing to be part of the whole fun" of the franchise.

The theme of David Lean's epic Lawrence of Arabia crept into the top four with Bernard Hermann's music for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo rounding off the top five.

Hans Zimmer's music for the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises made it into the top 10 ahead of the hit musical Grease.

But another of Hermann's Hitchcock collaborations, for the movie Psycho missed out, coming in at number 11.

The music to Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning Django Unchained finished a place behind at number 12.

The full list can be seen at the BBC's Sound of Cinema website.


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    Comment number 78.

    John Williams is undoubtly one of the greatest composers of the age, but I'm amazed that another of his pieces, the Raiders March from the Indiana Jones trilogy (there was never a fourth), didn't even make the top ten!

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    Comment number 76.

    After reading the comments i must admit id forgot about
    For those of you putting forward LAST OF THE MOHICANS the music played on the last 10 minutes is absolutely spine tingling.
    Still don't know why SPICE WORLD didn't get a nod ?
    You people must be absolute Philistines !!!!

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    Comment number 49.

    Although I'm a big Star Wars fan, I've always felt that the main theme was a bit on the "cheesy" side of things. The rest of the film score was good though. Another science fiction movie which has a cheesy main theme, but top notch music throughout the rest of the film was "The Black Hole". But my overall favourites are Bladerunner, Chariots Of Fire, Ennio Morricone & Last Of The Mohicans

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    Comment number 47.

    My father, Roy Taylor, worked as a dubbing editor for John Williams on the Star Wars theme. I remember meeting him as a teenager, he and his wife were very kind and generous, they gave us some lovely gifts. I watched the film at Pinewood Studios and was pretty proud of my dads contribution.

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    Comment number 46.

    Great, hopefully John Williams will go through his influences for the Star Wars theme such as the theme for Kings Row. The theme for Ice Cold In Alex also has a very Star Wars-esq theme and was composed by someone with the name Lucas! I wonder if these will get a mention.


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