Imperial Motif vs. "Mars"
Just as the Star Wars main theme shares similarities with the King's Row main theme, so too there are additional themes and motifs used in Star Wars that also bear similarities to historical predecessors. In this case, here is a comparison of the Imperial motif (not to be confused with the famous Imperial March that does not appear until "The Empire Strikes Back") with an excerpt of "Mars" from The Planets by Gustav Holst.
In both excertps the primary tone is G, with B-flat a clear secondary pitch. In the Imperial motif, the tertiary tone is A-flat, while in "Mars" the tertiary tone is F-sharp - both of which are a minor second away from the primary tone of G.
Much like the main theme's resemblance of King's Row, they are not completely identical, but they're undeniably similar in melodic contour, orchestration (Holt uses tenor tubas, Williams often but not always uses brass), and character.
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