Ewoks (soundtrack)

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Ewoks – Original Soundtrack
Film score by Peter Bernstein
Released December 8, 1986 (1986-12-08)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 35:50
Label Varèse Sarabande[1]
Producer Peter Bernstein
Richard Kraft
Peter Bernstein chronology
Bolero
(1984)
Ewoks – Original Soundtrack
(1986)
Hamburger: The Motion Picture
(1986)

Ewoks – Original Soundtrack is the film score to the television films Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor composed by Peter Bernstein. The score also includes brief reprisals of John Williams' Ewok theme from Return of the Jedi. A soundtrack album containing Bernstein's music from both films was officially released as a 12-inch LP record by Varèse Sarabande on December 8, 1986.

Overview[edit]

At the request of George Lucas, Dorothée recorded a theme song entitled "Les petits Ewoks" for the French release of Caravan of Courage.[2]

The LP was later bootlegged onto CD in 1999 and retitled Star Wars: Ewoks.[3] The bootleg has a number of discrepancies including an incorrect track arrangement, incorrect track names, and incorrect track times. Tracks labeled as "Additional Material" on the bootleg were never officially sanctioned by Lucasfilm and are in fact made up of music assembled from various releases of the Return of the Jedi soundtrack.

Reception[edit]

The musical score has received mixed reviews. In a review specifically regarding Caravan of Courage, John J. O'Connor of The New York Times praised Bernstein's score in "transforming rather ordinary scenes into settings of foreboding."[4] In a retrospective review of the soundtrack album, Seth Cole of Film Divider said, "There are heroic fanfares and marches reminiscent of those heard in Return of the Jedi, and definite hints of Williams-like string ostinatos as heard in the saga episodes, but the music fails to lift off in the same way."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Peter Bernstein.

Side one
No.TitleFilmLength
1."Trek"Caravan of Courage1:53
2."Intro/Main Title"Caravan of Courage2:47
3."Noa & Terak"Battle for Endor3:50
4."Teek"Battle for Endor2:44
5."Set Up/Terak's Theme"Battle for Endor3:09
6."Noa's Ark"Battle for Endor2:09
7."Izrina"Caravan of Courage1:31
Side two
No.TitleFilmLength
1."Flying"Caravan of Courage2:46
2."Good Night, Bad Dreams"Battle for Endor3:11
3."Poker Game"Battle for Endor2:15
4."Pulga Chase"Caravan of Courage2:40
5."The House"Battle for Endor1:39
6."Escape"Battle for Endor1:30
7."Farewell"Battle for Endor3:46
Total length:35:50

Personnel[edit]

Credits adopted from liner notes:

Additional music[edit]

Additional music featured in Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor:

Title Musician(s) Key Scenes/Notes
"Parade of the Ewoks" John Williams Credited as "Wicket's Theme", this composition is reprised throughout Caravan of Courage.[6]
"My Star" Jeff Moss Performed by Cindal (Aubree Miller) and Charal (Siân Phillips) during separate parts of The Battle for Endor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osborne, Jerry (2010). Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Recordings Price and Reference Guide. Port Townsend, Washington: Osborne Enterprises Publishing. p. 175. ISBN 0932117376.
  2. ^ "Dorothée Biographie". Génération Dorothée (in French). Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Star Wars: The Ewoks Soundtrack (1999)". Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics, LLC. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J. (November 23, 1984). "TV WEEKEND; 'THE EWOK ADVENTURE,' SUNDAY MOVIE ON ABC". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Cole, Seth (March 18, 2015). "The sound of Star Wars, both with and without John Williams". Film Divider. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Sherman, Fraser A. (May 13, 2009). Cyborgs, Santa Claus, and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 64. ISBN 0786443413.