E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (soundtrack)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack is the film score to the 1982 film of the same name composed and conducted by John Williams. The score was released by MCA Records on June 11, 1982. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. The album was remastered and reissued by La-La Land Records on September 26, 2017.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (soundtrack)
Film score by John Williams
Released June 11, 1982
Recorded March–April 1982
Studio MGM Scoring Stage
Genre Classical
Label MCA
Producer
John Williams chronology
Raiders of the Lost Ark
(1981)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack
(1982)
Return of the Jedi
(1983)

Overview

The soundtrack for the film has actually been issued numerous times. The original issue was a recording of concert arrangements based on the film's music. Later issues contain the actual soundtrack cues as heard in the film, although most cues are alternates originally recorded for the film, but replaced by new cues.

The score was recorded at the MGM Scoring Stage in Culver City, California.

On the track "The Magic of Halloween," when E.T. sees a child wearing a Yoda costume, Williams includes a reference to "Yoda's Theme", which he had composed for The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Three Million Light Years from Home" 2:57
2. "Abandoned and Pursued" 2:58
3. "E.T. and Me" 4:49
4. "E.T.'s Halloween" 4:07
5. "Flying" 3:20
6. "E.T. Phone Home" 4:18
7. "Over the Moon" 2:06
8. "Adventure on Earth" 15:06
Total length: 39:41
1996 re-issue
No. Title Length
1. "Far from Home / E.T. Alone" 6:49
2. "Bait for E.T." 1:43
3. "The Beginning of a Friendship" 2:50
4. "Toys" 3:11
5. "I'm Keeping Him" 2:19
6. "E.T.'s Powers" 2:42
7. "E.T. and Elliott Get Drunk" 2:53
8. "Frogs" 2:10
9. "At Home" 5:37
10. "The Magic of Halloween" 2:53
11. "Sending the Signal" 3:57
12. "Searching for E.T." 4:16
13. "Invading Elliott's House" 2:22
14. "E.T. Is Dying" 2:17
15. "Losing E.T." 2:00
16. "E.T. Is Alive!" 4:18
17. "Escape / Chase / Saying Goodbye" 15:04
18. "End Credits" 3:51
Total length: 71:13
2002 re-issue
No. Title Length
1. "Main Title" 1:07
2. "Far from Home / E.T. Alone" 6:47
3. "Bait for E.T." 1:44
4. "Meeting E.T." 2:06
5. "E.T.'s New Home" 1:39
6. "The Beginning of a Friendship" 3:03
7. "Toys" 2:44
8. "I'm Keeping Him" 2:18
9. "E.T.'s Powers" 2:43
10. "E.T. and Elliott Get Drunk" 2:54
11. "Frogs" 2:10
12. "At Home" 5:38
13. "The Magic of Halloween" 2:52
14. "Sending the Signal" 3:56
15. "Searching for E.T." 4:16
16. "Invading Elliott's House" 2:22
17. "E.T. Is Dying" 2:20
18. "Losing E.T." 2:03
19. "E.T. Is Alive!" 4:06
20. "Escape / Chase / Saying Goodbye" 15:02
21. "End Credits" 3:49
Total length: 75:33
2017 re-issue; Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Main Title" 1:14
2. "Far From Home / E.T. Alone" 6:57
3. "Bait for E.T." 1:45
4. "Meeting E.T." 2:08
5. "E.T.'s New Home" 1:28
6. "The Beginning of a Friendship" 2:53
7. "Toys" 3:13
8. "I'm Keeping Him" 2:20
9. "E.T's Powers" 2:44
10. "The Closet" (Previously unreleased) 0:53
11. "E.T. and Elliott Get Drunk" 2:57
12. "Frogs" 2:12
13. "At Home" 5:38
14. "The Magic of Halloween" 2:55
15. "Sending the Signal" 3:58
16. "Searching for E.T." 4:18
17. "Invading Elliott's House" 2:24
18. "Stay With Me" (Previously unreleased) 2:24
19. "Losing E.T." 2:04
20. "E.T. Is Alive" 4:22
21. "The Rescue and Bike Chase" 8:07
22. "The Departure" 7:07
23. "End Credits" 3:55
Total length: 77:57
2017 reissue; Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Three Million Light Years From Home" 3:01
2. "Abandoned and Pursued" 3:02
3. "E.T. and Me" 4:54
4. "E.T.'s Halloween" 4:11
5. "Flying" 3:25
6. "E.T. Phone Home" 4:21
7. "Over the Moon" 2:12
8. "Adventure on Earth" 15:10
9. "The E.T. Adventure" (Previously unreleased) 4:12
10. "Far From Home / E.T. Alone" (Alternate; contains previously unreleased music) 7:00
11. "The Encounter" (Previously unreleased) 1:49
12. "Meeting E.T." (Alternate; previously unreleased) 2:20
13. "E.T.'s New Home" (Alternate) 1:27
14. "The Kiss" (Previously unreleased) 0:49
15. "Levitation" (Previously unreleased) 0:41
16. "Searching for E.T." (Alternate) 4:19
17. "Invading Elliott's House" (Alternate; contains previously unreleased music) 2:24
18. "E.T. Is Dying" (Alternate) 2:24
19. "The Departure" (Alternate) 7:06
20. "End Credits" (Alternate) 3:55
Total length: 78:42

Awards

The score was the fourth in history to accomplish the feat of winning the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Grammy, and BAFTA. (The previous two, Star Wars and Jaws, were also composed by Williams, who remains the only person to have won all awards for the same score more than once.) To date, a total of only six scores have won all four awards.

Awards Academy Award for Best Original Score
1982
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
1982
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
1982
Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
1983
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition
1983

For "Flying Theme"

Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement
1983

For "Flying Theme"

Saturn Award for Best Music
1982
Ranked 14th greatest American movie score of all time by AFI
2005

Dvořák's Dumky trio

Many observers have noted that the E.T. theme music sounds extremely similar to a passage near the end of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák's Dumky trio, leading some to accuse Williams of "stealing" the music.[1] However, others have pointed out that it is not an uncommon practice for contemporary composers to borrow from classical music.[2]

References

  1. ^ Tucker, Evan (2011-11-27). "Mein Blog: How John Williams Stole the ET Theme". Mein Blog. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  2. ^ "Patterico's Pontifications » John Williams, Thief Borrower: The Proof". Retrieved 2016-07-28.

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