The Empire Strikes Back – Cue Breakdown

The following list is a cue-by-cue breakdown for the officially released soundtracks to Star Wars: Episode V.

The Empire Strikes Back: Original Soundtrack

CD 1

2. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth
5.1.02 – 0:00 – 1:30 – Main Title
5.1.02 – 1:30 – 2:15 – Probe Launch (Imperial March Variations)
5.1.02 – 2:15 – 3:48 – Incidental
5.1.02 – 3:48 – 5:05 – Ice March
5.1.02 – 5:05 – 8:08 – Incidental

3. The Wampa’s Lair/Vision Of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight
5.1.03 – 0:00 – 2:00 – Incidental
5.1.03 – 2:00 – 3:30 – Rebellion Music
5.1.03 – 3:30 – 3:55 – Incidental
5.1.03 – 3:55 – 6:57 – Incidental
5.1.03 – 6:57 – 8:48 – Incidental

4. The Imperial Probe/Aboard The Executor
5.1.04 – 0:00 – 1:15 – High Vader Variations
5.1.04 – 1:15 – 2:34 – Vader / Incidental
5.1.04 – 2:34 – 4:23 – Imperial March / Mellow to Full March

5. The Battle of Hoth
5.1.05 – 0:00 – 0:38 – Incidental
5.1.05 – 0:38 – 2:05 – Imperial March
5.1.05 – 2:05 – 4:00 – Rebel Battle / Imperial (3:05) / Victory Fanfare
5.1.05 – 4:00 – 7:38 – Hoth Battle #1
5.1.05 – 7:38 – 11:02 – Hoth Battle #2
5.1.05 – 11:02 – 11:40 – Hoth Battle #3
5.1.05 – 11:40 – 14:46 – Escape (Imperial 12:16) (Han/Leia 13:21)

6. The Asteroid Field
5.1.06 – 0:00 – 0:50 – Imperial March
5.1.06 – 0:50 – 1:15 – Incidental
5.1.06 – 1:15 – 2:18 – Asteroid Cue
5.1.06 – 2:18 – 4:18 – Asteroid Battle

7. Arrival on Dagobah
5.1.07 – 0:00 – 2:37 – Incidental
5.1.07 – 2:37 – 3:10 – Imperial March
5.1.07 – 3:10 – 4:52 – Incidental

8. Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor
5.1.08 – 0:00 – 2:33 – Incidental

9. Han Solo And The Princess
5.1.09 – 0:00 – 1:32 – Han & Leia
5.1.09 – 1:32 – 2:20 – Imperial March
5.1.09 – 2:20 – 3:25 – Incidental

10. Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave
5.1.10 – 0:00 – 0:45 – Force & Luke
5.1.10 – 0:45 – 2:11 – Yoda’s Theme / Force Theme
5.1.10 – 2:11 – 2:28 – Imperial March
5.1.10 – 2:28 – 3:25 – Mynock Cave Escape
5.1.10 – 3:25 – 4:30 – Incidental
5.1.10 – 4:30 – 5:43 – Escape Strings & Fanfare

11. The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree
5.1.11 – 0:00 – 1:13 – Incidental
5.1.11 – 1:13 – 2:49 – Incidental
5.1.11 – 2:49 – End – Luke’s Vision / Rebellion / Imperial March

CD 2

1. Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)
5.2.01 – 0:00 – 3:03 – Imperial March

2. Yoda’s Theme
5.2.02 – 0:00 – 3:29 – Yoda’s Theme

3. Attacking A Star Destroyer
5.2.03 – 0:00 – 0:29 – Incidental
5.2.03 – 0:29 – 1:00 – Loud Fanfare
5.2.03 – 1:00 – 2:00 – Star Destroyer Attack
5.2.03 – 2:00 – 3:03 – Murky Incidental

4. Yoda And The Force
5.2.04 – 0:00 – 2:07 – Luke / Force Theme
5.2.04 – 2:07 – 3:40 – Yoda / Raising X-Wing
5.2.04 – 3:40 – 4:02 – Imperial March

5. Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City In The Clouds
5.2.05 – 0:00 – 0:51 – Imperial March
5.2.05 – 0:51 – 1:30 – Incidental
5.2.05 – 1:30 – 1:55 – Han & Leia
5.2.05 – 1:55 – 2:05 – Boba Fett
5.2.05 – 2:05 – 3:44 – Yoda / Force
5.2.05 – 3:44 – 5:22 – Arrival on Bespin Strings
5.2.05 – 5:22 – 6:02 – Incidental

6. Lando’s Palace
5.2.06 – 0:00 – 0:56 – Bespin Strings March
5.2.06 – 0:56 – 1:21 – Loud Incidental
5.2.06 – 1:21 – 2:25 – Quiet Incidental
5.2.06 – 2:25 – 3:52 – Yoda / Force Theme

7. Betrayal at Bespin
5.2.07 – 0:00 – 1:07 – Luke
5.2.07 – 1:07 – 1:40 – Lando / Bespin March
5.2.07 – 1:40 – 2:18 – Incidental
5.2.07 – 2:18 – 2:43 – Luke’s Bespin Arrival
5.2.07 – 2:43 – 3:27 – Incidental
5.2.07 – 3:27 – 3:45 – Imperial Statement

8. Deal With The Dark Lord
5.2.08 – 0:00 – 0:37 – Incidental
5.2.08 – 0:37 – 1:20 – Han & Leia
5.2.08 – 1:20 – 2:35 – Lando / Han & Leia

9. Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader’s Trap/Departure of Boba Fett
5.2.09 – 0:00 – 0:23 – Luke
5.2.09 – 0:23 – 0:58 – Imperial Theme
5.2.09 – 0:58 – 1:17 – Incidental
5.2.09 – 1:17 – 1:35 – Imperial
5.2.09 – 1:35 – 2:12 – Han & Leia
5.2.09 – 2:12 – 2:35 – Imperial
5.2.09 – 2:35 – 4:17 – Incidental
5.2.09 – 4:17 – 5:35 – Rhythmic “Shadows” / Imperial
5.2.09 – 5:35 – 5:57 – Incidental
5.2.09 – 5:57 – 6:30 – Shootout / Yoda’s Theme
5.2.09 – 6:30 – 7:35 – Incidental
5.2.09 – 7:35 – 8:52 – Rhythmic “Shadows”
5.2.09 – 8:52 – 9:15 – Buildup
5.2.09 – 9:15 – 10:19 – Rhythmic “Shadows” / Han & Leia
5.2.09 – 10:19 – 11:43 – Yoda / Force / Luke

10. The Clash of Lightsabers
5.2.10 – 0:00 – 0:41 – Incidental
5.2.10 – 0:41 – 1:37 – Imperial
5.2.10 – 1:37 – 4:15 – Han & Leia / Lando / Escape

11. Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace
5.2.11 – 0:00 – 0:53 – Incidental
5.2.11 – 0:53 – 1:33 – Imperial
5.2.11 – 1:33 – 3:20 – Plummet & Calls For Help
5.2.11 – 3:20 – 3:51 – Force Theme
5.2.11 – 3:51 – 5:07 – Imperial / TIE Fighter Pursuit
5.2.11 – 5:07 – 8:38 – Hyperspace (Imperial Breaks)
5.2.11 – 8:38 – 9:08 – Vader’s Defeat

12. The Rebel Fleet/End Title
5.2.12 – 0:00 – 0:58 – Force / Luke Themes
5.2.12 – 0:58 – 1:58 – Han & Leia
5.2.12 – 1:58 – 6:28 – End Credits


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