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Space Opera

Matthew Sweet presents a selection of film music inspired by the space opera genre, following the release of Luc Besson's 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'.

Matthew Sweet presents a selection of film music inspired by the space opera genre following the release of Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" with a new score by Alexandre Desplat.

The programme looks at some of the earliest examples of space operas, including "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers", defining the genre, and features music from the likes of "Battlestar Galactica", "Battle Beyond The Stars", "Star Trek - Beyond", "Dune", "The Last Starfighter", "Serenity", "Jupiter Ascending", "The Fifth Element" and of course, "Star Wars" which perhaps did more than any other film to establish the musical sound of space opera.

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23 minutes

Music Played

  • John Morris

    Spaceballs (1987): Main Title Theme

  • John Williams

    Star Wars (1977): Princess Leia's theme

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
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  • John Williams

    Return Of The Jedi (1983): Jabba the Hutt

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
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    • 3.
  • John Williams

    The Empire Strikes Back (1980): Imperial March

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
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    • 5.
  • Stu Phillips

    Battlestar Galactica (1978): Main Theme

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Stu Phillips.
  • James Horner

    Battle Beyond The Stars (1980): Theme

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
  • Michael Giacchino

    Star Trek: Beyond (2016): Theme

    Orchestra: The Hollywood Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Tim Simonec.
  • Toto & Brian Eno

    Dune (1984): Prologue and Dune Theme

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    • 1.
  • Brian Eno

    Dune (1984): Prophecy Theme

  • Craig Safan

    The Last Starfighter (1984): Main Title and Centuarii Into Space

  • Michael Giacchino

    Jupiter Ascending (2015): First Movement

    Orchestra: Hollywood Studio Symphony. Conductor: Robert Ziegler.
  • Alexandre Desplat

    Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017): Valerian's Armor

    Orchestra: Orchestre national de France.
  • Barry Gary

    Theme From Space 1999

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    • Virgin/EMI.
    • 15.

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