As much as I love Williams and his scores for the early Lucas/Spielberg movies, his prequel music left me completely empty.
This may have been down to factors such as I disliked the films themselves plus I think the a lot of the films were re-edited after he'd scored them so the music was spliced around these new edits. Look at Empire's Asteroid Chase music and see how the music sweeps and rolls with the Falcon as it dives and rolls towards the larger asteroid or the crescendo as the two TIE Fighters collide - Williams knows how to score to action or less kinetic scenes, his complimenting what is on screen at the time - this was lost as the film was re-edited and the music spliced.
I also really hope that whoever scores these stays well clear of stand alone pieces such as Duel of the Fates, Across the Stars and Battle of the Heroes - all great pieces of music but all stand alone pieces that didn't flow with the rest of the score.
Plus, I also hope whoever scores these to revert to Williams' original inspiration for the Star Wars score - The Planets by Holst. I only listened to The Planets about 2 years ago now, but couldn't believe just how much Williams had lifted almost note for note from them. Seriously, if you're a fan of the Star Wars score, download the London Symphony Orchestra's version - It's like a soundtrack to a Star Wars world-building album.
Listen to the following:
Mars - Imperial Attack lifts almost note for note, plus there are so many different themes that are used throughout of Star Wars that are present here - even the Stormtroopers march down the back streets of Mos Eisley to the Falcon.
And then there's this:
Venus - This track could sit right inside a Star Wars film and be called something like Morning on Tatooine and no one would bat an eyelid.
Seriously, whoever scores the new films needs to return to The Planets.
And if you haven't already, you need to download this album, you'll thank me for it.