E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (soundtrack)

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by John Williams
Released 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Classical
Label MCA
Producer

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack is an album containing John Williams' score for the 1982 Steven Spielberg film of the same name.

Background[edit]

The soundtrack for the film has actually been issued numerous times. The original issue was a recording of concert arrangements based on the film's music. Later issues contain the actual soundtrack cues as heard in the film, although most cues are alternates originally recorded for the film, but replaced by new cues.

The score was recorded in Los Angeles, and thus not using the London Symphony Orchestra.

On the track "The Magic of Halloween," when E.T. sees a child wearing a Yoda costume, John Williams included a portion of Yoda's theme, which he had composed for The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

Track listing[edit]

Awards[edit]

The score was the fourth in history to accomplish the feat of winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, and BAFTA (the previous two, Star Wars and Jaws, were also composed by Williams, who remains the only person to have won all awards for the same score more than once). To date, a total of only six scores have won all four awards.

Awards Academy Award for Best Original Score
1982
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
1982
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
1982
Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
1983
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition
1983

For "Flying Theme"

Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement
1983

For "Flying Theme"

Saturn Award for Best Music
1982
Ranked 14th greatest American movie score of all time by AFI
2005