Princess Leia’s Theme

(Aug. 1, 2019)

From Star Wars, popular for 41 years…

The composer of the Star Wars and countless other film scores, John Williams, writes music that often sounds like it could be from any time, in almost any style.

  • The first Star Wars film was released on May 25, 1977. The rest is history.
  • Williams’ scores for the eight saga films count among the most widely known and popular contributions to modern film music.
  • They utilize a symphony orchestra and use about fifty recurring musical themes to represent characters and other plot elements.
  • These themes are “Leitmotifs”, used also by Wagner, with the same purpose. They identify characters. Princess Leia’s Theme, which I think is one of the finest short orchestral pieces ever written, is a perfect example.
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6 thoughts on “Princess Leia’s Theme

  1. this song reminds me of very soothing and calming music while also feeling very powerful yet elegant. I can most definitely see why the music producers of star wars chose to incorporate this piece into one of their movies.
    It just has the feels.

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  2. I remember this soothing piece from when I would watch star wars with my parents, even though it was from 41 years ago (I think) it still sounds great and it’s funny how it can go from soothing to battle music in a blink of a second in the movies

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    1. The important thing is that Star Wars and the characters are sometimes still in more modern “episodes”. For instance, both Leia and other characters showed up again recently. In these films often you will hear the same themes because each theme is linked to a character.

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