Watch John Williams Conduct the "Imperial March"

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra got to have some fun.

May 4, 2020
John Williams conducting

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John Williams scored soundtracks for films from Star Wars to Harry Potter, but it was this rendition of "Imperial March" from the Vienna Philharmonic that left Williams saying "it was honestly one of the best presentations of that March I’ve ever heard. They played it as though they owned it.”

Celebrating Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you), Deutsche Grammophon uploaded the video of one of Williams most moving pieces that portraying the iron clenched authority of Darth Vader. Enjoy!

Pretty imposing. I'm getting a little... choked up...

Also, I'm obsessed with the rotary trumpets being held at a 90°-ish angle.