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The Empire Strikes Back Reductions

A YouTube user named leibniz154 has been posting piano reductions of film cues, including a great many from the Star Wars films.

I love these so much! Since I was a little kid I’ve wanted to know the harmonies behind my favorite passages, and I’m not nearly a good enough musician to pick them out by ear.

So ignore the fact that these are computer performances that don’t sound very good—it’s all about having the cues reduced to their bare essentials, so you can understand the chord structures (and even plink them out on a keyboard).


Here’s another one:

And if you want to get a reduction of the full orchestration, courtesy Brad Frey:

I hope this stuff doesn’t get taken down!

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