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Imperial March - John Williams

Stravinsky once said, “lesser artists borrow, great artists steal”. I’m sure, in that case, that he wouldn’t have minded legendary film composer John Williams using elements of his Rite of Spring throughout the Star Wars soundtracks. 

Stravinsky wasn’t the only composer that Williams paid tribute to through his work. The Jaws theme is based on the opening notes of the finale from Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, Superman’s theme alludes to Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, and, bringing us to today’s recommended listening, Chopin’s Marche Funebre was the basis for Darth Vader’s theme - the Imperial March. 

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