2005 - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan / Battle of the Heroes
I don't think there is any question that Revenge of the Sith is the most dramatic of the Star Wars scores. Williams' music features some incredible emotional highlights (Such as the extraordinary Anakin's Betrayal).
But as you can see from our previous entry, it doesn't disappoint with the action either.
Anakin Vs. Obi Wan and Battle of the Heroes score the long-anticipated and legendary fight between Anakin Skywalker (Newly dubbed Darth Vader) and his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan introduces us to the 'Battle of the Heroes' theme in spectacular fashion. The sequence is crosscut with Yoda's fight against Darth Sidious aka The Emperor and Williams chooses to alternate between the fight's theme and a reprisal of material from Luke Skywalker and Vader's duel in Empire Strikes Back (Complete with powerfully ominous statements of The Imperial March).
At 2:38 the choir begins to builds in intensity, leading to an exceptional, dramatic statement of The Force theme at 3:20.
In the film this cue leads directly into a reprise of previous entry Duel of the Fates from The Phantom Menace. Note how the final chord matches the first of that famous theme.
There are several minutes of excellent material here that is unreleased including more of the Battle of the Heroes theme. This film screams out for an eventual complete score release.
Then we come to the centerpiece- Battle of the Heroes itself, a show-stopping, epic piece of action scoring propelled by orchestral might and choral power. As such, it feels like a companion piece of Duel of the Fates itself, but appropriately carries more emotional weight.
The Battle of the Heroes theme is given incredible, operatic treatment here that perfectly matches the dramatic payoff of this new trilogy.
We are once again treated to a spectacular statement of The Force theme at 1:56.
And who can resist the incredible brass blasts beginning at 2:47? Not me!
Our twenty-second entry is the incredible climax of the Star Wars prequels - Anakin Vs. Obi and Battle of the Heroes.