Laurie SearsShadows of Empire explores Javanese shadow theater as a staging area for negotiations between colonial power and indigenous traditions. Though Javanese shadow theater (wayang) has existed for hundreds of years, our knowledge of its history, performance practice, and role in Javanese society only begins with Dutch documentation and interpretation in the nineteenth century.
Shadows of Empire will appeal not only to specialists in Javanese culture and historians of Indonesia, but also to a wide range of scholars in the areas of performance and literature, anthropology, Southeast Asian studies, and postcolonial studies.
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The Shadows of the Empire soundtrack is a musical score by Emmy Award-winning composer Joel McNeely which was inspired by author Steve Perry's 1996 novel of the same name. While McNeely set out to make an eclectic piece of his own style rather than try to imitate John Williams, three familiar themes from the movies can be heard in tracks one ("Main Title" and part of "Carbon Freeze"), eight ("The Imperial March" and "Force Theme"), and ten ("The Imperial March"). The 51-minute score, conducted by McNeely, was performed by the 90-piece Royal Scottish National Orchestra and 150-piece Chorus in Glasgow, Scotland in early 1996.
In the early 1990s, Robert Townson of Varese Sarabande Records worked with Lucasfilm to release four soundtrack albums of music composed for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. The three recording sessions for Shadows of the Empire were held in Glasgow, Scotland on February 24 and 25, 1996.[6][5] The score was conducted by McNeely and performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus, made up of a 90-piece orchestra and a 150-piece choir. Before the Shadows album was released, selections from the score were performed in concert by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Scotland's Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on March 3, 1996.
The Shadows of the Empire album was released by Varese Sarabande Records on April 23, 1996 on both audio cassette and compact disc.[1] In addition to the score, the CD contained exclusive CD-ROM features.
Selections from the Shadows score were later used in the Shadows of the Empire video game, as well as the audio book, along with Williams' music from the original trilogy. The main complaint shared by reviewers was that not enough of John Williams' themes were used.
Perhaps the most outspoken critic of Shadows is none other than composer Joel McNeely himself. Ben Burtt, who has developed numerous alien languages for Star Wars, wrote a poem called "Dha Werda Verda" to be sung by the chorus. Dash Rendar gives Lando Calrissian the location of Boba Fett's Slave I (and, thereby, the frozen Han Solo): Gall, a moon in the Outer Rim Territories. This piece begins with a representation of the approach to Imperial Center from space, musically expressing the "spectacular sight" of the planet.
This piece is a reflection of the "quirky environment" Organa and Chewbacca find themselves in as they travel through Coruscant's Southern Underground.[5] Deep below the planet's surface, this area of Coruscant never sees sunlight.

Prince Xizor, the Falleen leader of the criminal organization Black Sun, is a formidable foe for both the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. This waltz is inspired by the scene in which Princess Leia Organa goes to Prince Xizor's Palace to seek the aid of Black Sun.
In this piece, both Xizor's Theme and Darth Vader's Theme (The Imperial March) are played more softly than usual as the respective characters experience reflective moments. In what Robert Townson called the "big finale cue,"[6] McNeely uses the choir "as a power element for the climactic destruction of Xizor's palace as the orchestra plays with great fury and bombast."[2] This ten-plus minute long finale piece begins with a choral presentation of Dha Werda Verda as Skywalker, Calrissian, Rendar, and Chewbacca break into Xizor's palace to find Organa.
In addition the use of Xizor's Theme, this track features multiple instances of the Imperial March, acknowledgment of which is curiously absent on the rear cover of the album case. GAMINGWORLD - Classic n64 great, star wars: shadows of the empire now available as downloadable pc title - I don't know about you, but in my humble opinionthis will be a day long remembered. GAMINGWORLD - 'star wars: the force awakens' was once called 'shadow of the empire' - Star wars movies toy around with their subtitles is there any legal way to play shadows of the empire anymore online or via wii u, or do i have to dust off my n64? GAMINGWORLD - 'star wars: shadows of the empire' could finally take tv to a galaxy far, far away - I know that i enjoyed navigating rendar through all four parts of the n64 game, and didn’t blame him at time to populate it with more characters. GAMINGWORLD - A new hope - respawn entertainment working on a star wars game - As a game maker, nothing is more exciting.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a mini comic book distributed in certain of the Ertl Company's model kits from the Shadows of the Empire series.
Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron engage a squadron of TIE fighters that were harassing Leia Organa Solo, Lando Calrissian, and C-3PO onboard on the Millennium Falcon. Meanwhile, onboard Slave I, Fett told Han that he was more trouble in carbonite than he was before.
On Kile, Luke, Wedge Antilles, and the rest of Rogue Squadron discover that an R2 unit that tried to kill Luke had been destroyed. Back on Kile, Luke receives a message from Koth Melan and asks him to come join him immediately.
Charting the shifting boundaries between myth and history in Javanese Mahabharata and Ramayana tales, Laurie J.
Analyzing the Mahabharata and Ramayana tales in relation to court poetry, Islamic faith, Dutch scholarship, and nationalist journals, Sears shows how the shadow theater as we know it today must be understood as a hybrid of Javanese and Dutch ideas and interests, inseparable from a particular colonial moment. It is believed that book covers may be exhibited on Wookieepedia under the fair use provision of United States copyright law. The score, much like classical program music of the past, is based on a piece of literature rather than a motion picture. Around that time, he and Lucasfilm's Lucy Autrey Wilson discussed the idea of an orchestral soundtrack based on the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.

At the Battle of Gall, Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron face off against the Empire while Calrissian, Organa, Chewbacca, and Dash Rendar go after Fett. As with the "Imperial City" piece, this track was intended to take a journey through Xizor's Palace, starting deep below with echoes from Xizor's prisons.
The piece begins with a motif representing the emitting of Xizor's Falleen pheromones which begin to seduce Organa. Xizor first ponders on Organa's rejection of him and finds himself only more attracted to her. Once she is discovered, the music begins building until they run into Xizor, and then Calrissian sets a thermal detonator. Special Edition that originally came packaged with Kenner Toys "Shadows of the Empire" Action Figure series. The comic covers the period of Fett's departure from Gall to Luke's departure from Tatooine in chapter 16 of the Shadows of the Empire novel.
Sears reveals what happens when these stories move from village performances and palace manuscripts into colonial texts and nationalist journals and, most recently, comic books and novels. In doing so, she contributes to a re–envisioning of European histories that acknowledges the influence of Asian, African, and New World cultures on European thought—and to a rewriting of colonial and postcolonial Javanese histories that questions the boundaries and content of history and story, myth and allegory, colonialism and culture. In addition to the score, the CD contained exclusive CD-ROM features with behind-the-scenes content.
It also included liner notes with brief plot summaries and commentary for each track by Townson and McNeely, as well as the text of Dha Werda Verda and notes from Ben Burtt. Halfway through, the piece slows down to introduce the "Alliance Battle Hymn," a theme that reappears near the end of the score.
After the pheromone motif repeats, the piece takes a lusher, more romantic turn as Organa ceases to resist. Meanwhile,the Executor approaches a Rebel shipyard and Vader, along with other TIE pilots easily destroy it.
Vader then makes contact with Emperor Palpatine to inform him of the shipyard's destruction.
Xizor had been listening to the conversation and informed Guri of his intent to kill Luke to prevent Vader from capturing him and presenting him to Palpatine.

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