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In a When John Williams Can't Go article I found:

And just as Alfred Newman gave John Williams some of his first big breaks, Williams, in turn, gave Thomas Newman one of his first plum assignments as a Hollywood musician.

"He threw me a bone. I mean, he would not put it that way. But he let me orchestrate a cue from Return of the Jedi, when Darth Vader dies," Newman says, then laughs: "It was an amazing thing to do."

I was wondering if this cue was exactly the one playing when Luke takes off Vader's mask. Any way of confirming this through other references or sources?

  • Well he died in that scene so assuming the article you link isn't false then yes it is that one. Everything else points to it being true but not much is really sourced – TheLethalCarrot Apr 20 '18 at 14:31
  • FWIW he appears to be uncredited for the film so it will likely be hard to prove/disprove. – TheLethalCarrot Apr 20 '18 at 14:55
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    My thought was that it might be the tragic rendition of the Imperial motif at the end of the scene as Vader breathes his last breath. – Thunderforge Apr 20 '18 at 15:03
  • related info re: orchestration vs composition - composingcomposer.com/composition-vs-orchestration-part-1 – NKCampbell Apr 20 '18 at 16:16
  • Fred Steiner (also known for Star Trek TOS) was involved as well - loc.gov/item/jots.200025862 – NKCampbell Apr 20 '18 at 16:17

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