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1%%²%%²%%²%% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample entries are not allowed on wiki pages. All such entries have been commented out. Add context to the entries before uncommenting them.²%%²%%²%%²[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/star_wars_logo_0.JPG]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:''A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...'']]²²In one early interview, George Lucas said he had ''very'' high expectations when he made ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' in the mid-1970s. The only thing that exceeded his expectations was the music of Music/JohnWilliams. For good reasons.²----²* Even before delving into Williams, Music/AlfredNewman's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgcPhuIELbg ever awesome theme]] for the Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox logo combined with the Lucasfilm logo is worth mentioning. It was so closely associated to the saga's openings that many ''lamented'' the lack of it after Creator/{{Disney}} purchased the franchise. When Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, there were growing calls to have Disney put the Fox fanfare ''back in''. [[https://www.gamesradar.com/star-wars-disney-plus-changes-greedo/ Those calls were listened to]] on Creator/DisneyPlus.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2J5Oifxp7w What better way to accompany the words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." at the beginning of each film of the saga?]] There's a reason it's one of the most iconic movie themes in history.²* Any time we hear the Rebel Fanfare is a crowning musical moment of awesome. The Rebel Fanfare is in fact, chronologically speaking, the first piece of music ever heard in a ''Star Wars'' film after the opening fanfare, playing as we see the Tantive IV trying to evade the Star Destroyer at the opening of ''Film/ANewHope''. The Fanfare features often as a motif in various different scenarios throughout the original trilogy, often to symbolise Rebel acts of courage or Rebel victories. It is also heard during the credits music of every ''Star Wars'' film in the Original Trilogy. Oddly, the tune is in a minor key, which makes it sound threatening and villainous sometimes - in the ''Star Wars'' radioplays it was used erroneously to introduce scenes featuring the Empire. The first time we hear the Rebel Fanfare in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is when we see the Millennium Falcon again for the first time, which is a major bit of {{Fanservice}} and a huge squee moment for the audience.²* "Binary Sunset" and its many variations are a mix of [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] and [[TearJerker tear jerking]].²²[[foldercontrol]]²²!!Skywalker Saga²²[[folder:''The Phantom Menace'']]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwshWAd7dj8 "Anakin's Theme"]] is a sweet and heartwarming theme that carries a hint of the Imperial March near the end.²%%* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts0b3jtCOho dramatic music]] that plays during the droid invasion of Naboo.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTg6hg1miFg "Duel of the Fates"]] also qualifies as an example of OminousLatinChanting, even though it's a Welsh poem sung in Sanskrit. Even people who ''loathe'' the prequels admit that "Duel of the Fates" was awesome. ²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7hj6qP167k "Augie's Great Municipal Band"]], the celebratory music from the end of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. More so when you realize that the vocals have the exact same melody as those in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6W6Agqujpw the Emperor's]] [[{{Leitmotif}} theme]], just in a major key, faster, and sung by laughing children... which leads us to mention "The Emperor's Theme", the perfect conveyance of the deep, dark evil that is [[BigBad the Emperor]].²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtwBI3BowaM The Tide Turns]] a triumphant use of the Force theme for when Anakin destroys the Trade Federation ship.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ozodr6lFlE Flag Parade]], the music that plays when Anakin gets ready for his first podrace, is a fantastic, bombastic march that wouldn't feel out of place in ''Literature/BenHur''. No wonder the ''Battlefront'' games used an extended version of it for when the player gets [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7Zjf8s36hI General Greivous.]]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mML59afbpjo "The Racer Roars to Life"]]. A brief, but brilliant cue during the [[{{Narm}} IT'S WORKING! IT'S WORKINGGGGGG!!!!!]] scene in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBeliSzcXqY Anakin is Free,]] a beautiful yet heartbreaking piece where Anakin says goodbye to his mother. The ending to the song also has a very powerful rendition of the Force theme when he leaves to join the Jedi.²* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MiwS_buf2w sorrowful and haunting]] music during Qui-Gon's funeral, which was later re-used in ''Revenge of the Sith'' during Vader's birth and Padme's death.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Attack of the Clones'']]²* Episodes II and III have brilliant ending themes. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNlqfSbb27Q Episode II has the first prolific use of the Imperial March]] as a major foreshadowing, dovetailing into an awesome rendition of "Across the Stars". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pMfwcIx8KU Episode III]] has three minutes of no dialogue which lets John Williams flex his arms like he wants to, cycling from Padme's funeral theme to Leia's theme, then to a small snippet of Harry Potter-esque music before launching into the Force Theme over a binary sunset to create one of the most awesome bookends ever. No mention of the ending theme is complete without the extended end credits on the soundtrack, which includes an amazingly bittersweet rendition of the Throne Room theme from ''A New Hope'' that perfectly captures the mix of despair and hope that the end of the movie conveyed.²%%* Two words: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD-TOXoIaWQ "Jango's Escape"]].²%%Two more words: zero context.²* The famous Romeo & Juliet-inspired love theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRWOudms6sk "Across]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nk_WHHTQtY the Stars"]].²* The ''very'' avant-garde [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YJ_cbA6Hfg "Chase"]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUgkV8AjLbY "Through Coruscant"]] from Episode II. It's like a nightly news theme [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on speed]], combined with ''[[ThePowerOfRock electric guitar]]'' and percussion that can be charitably described as ''insane''.²* The song that plays during Jango's Escape from Kamino, aptly named... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD-TOXoIaWQ "Jango's Escape"]] is a very intense tune, that is very befitting of both the frantic battle between Obi-Wan and Jango, and for just how menacing of an opponent Jango Fett is... The dude isn't even Force sensitive, yet he very nearly bested Obi-Wan in combat!²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Revenge of the Sith'']] ²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eYZJxMDKXE "Anakin's Dark Deeds"]] is an epic and emotional song that illustrates Anakin's fall to the Dark Side along with the rise of the Empire.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1T9-wxjm0U "Padmé's Ruminations"]] where Padmé looks across Coruscant at the Jedi Temple from her apartment and Anakin in the Temple seems to look back. Featuring the only use of the OneWomanWail in ''Star Wars'' music.²* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anvVbsmZqw4 dramatic and badass]] track when General Grievous arrives on Utapau. In contrast, the music where Obi-Wan leaves for Utapau is both [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg76O5lMZOc heroic]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DITknhZIgQc inspiring.]]²* The chilling and sad [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=letZnkZG5Vo "Anakin's Betrayal"]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eim3Fnvpays "The Immolation Scene"]] was another amazing, tear-inducing piece of music. "YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!!!" The ''Revenge of the Sith'' soundtrack was one whole emotionally charged Crowning Score of Awesome. The opening credits where Anakin and Obi-Wan are flying together as friends and triumphant heroes, Grevious's choral theme, the eerie, guttural music playing during the Mon Calamari ballet as Palpatine begins to ensnare Anakin with whispers of the power of the Dark Side...all wonderful.²%%* [[https://youtu.be/-GsIYPn9pYI?t=1m17s "The Battle of Coruscant"]] at the beginning of Episode III! Just Epic!²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYAOJB2P8ec The music that plays]] as the newly-christened Darth Vader marches on the Jedi Temple. Sadly, it is absent from the soundtrack (although the theme appears in part in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAps9RWNSs8 "Love Pledge and the Arena"]].²* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHuD5y-PZM0 Battle of the Heroes]]", for the final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan on Mustafar. It's described as a SadBattleMusic counterpart to "Duel of the Fates", and it's every bit as epic.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''A New Hope'']]²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcZ9kQ1h-ZY The main theme, aka Luke's Theme]].²%%* The romantic theme of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exu4QC2sqbY Princess Leia.]]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2PWvzU2JUU "Binary Sunset"]] proves that even contemplative interludes are awesome when placed in the hands of John Williams. Just amazing.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHD-knhS6es "Cantina Band"]]. You know it, even if you haven't seen ''Star Wars''. It's become that iconic, and its catchiness proved that even background alien tunes could be huge hits. [[UnfortunateNames Even if the genre is called "jizz".]]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHQrcyerVQQ "The Battle of Yavin"]]. Swirly, LockAndLoadMontage style strings at the beginning, total non-stop badassery for the rest of the track. ''Then'' there's the ending. Only Music/JohnWilliams can pack so much {{HSQ}} into so small a time. Like a lot of Star Wars music, "The Battle of Yavin" takes cues from Holst's ''Planets'' suite, specifically "Mars, The Bringer of War". The "'''DUN DUN DUN DUNN...DUN DUN DUN...DUN DUN DUN DA DA DUN DUN DUN!'''" as the Death Star is preparing to fire immediately before going kablooie is taken right out of Holst.²* During the Death Star battle score for ''A New Hope'', it's noticeable that the music changes from scary/foreboding to confident/heroic at the exact moment Luke turns off his targeting computer and trusts the Force. ''That's'' the turning point of the movie and the music underscores it.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrXA-YMJs54 "The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire"]], but especially the second part. Starts out with some cool spooky music, then eventually translates into an amazingly uplifting version of the main fanfare, intermingled with Leia's theme and some other great stuff. Combined with the bottomless pit, aka the "I think we took a wrong turn" scene, it's just pure awesome.²* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdoHAHKcNyc That's no moon...]]" Especially brilliant since it's the DarkestHour of ''A New Hope'', and Williams could have scored it with something soul-crushingly hopeless. Instead, we hear an incredibly rousing version of the Rebel Fanfare to remind us that our heroes aren't licked yet...²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqs4M3G1SpA "TIE Fighter Attack"]], aka "Here They Come!" It ''earns'' that exclamation mark.²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMOhsvhF4Jw "Cantina Band", aka "Mad About Me"]], anyone?²* Not one of the flashiest themes, but the Jawa Theme was otherworldly.²* Darth Vader's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4lEr5eFlLI original theme]], which was replaced by the Imperial March for Episode V, gets forgotten about due to how awesome the Imperial March is, but it fits the low-key brooding evil and mystery of Vader much better. It even appeared briefly in ''Film/RogueOne'' alongside the Imperial March. ²%%* The dramatic [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcLza84QIAY "Destruction of Alderaan"]].²* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySbQ0SRAn8Q The Throne Room]]" ending theme from ''A New Hope''. You will rarely find another closing score that embodies pure triumph and happiness (and the cute fluttery riff from the main theme when [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments we find out R2's okay after all]]). Another theme plucked in its entirety by ''Family Guy'' (before their own parody trilogy in fact).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''The Empire Strikes Back'']]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8 The Imperial March]]. ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Imperial_march hints]] that the Imperial March really is the martial theme of the Imperial Navy.²** Turned UpToEleven with the pants-wettingly terrifying [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0YPqNwAdp8 "The Emperor Arrives"]]. And wonderfully spoofed by ''Family Guy'' when used as background elevator music in "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side".²** Transformed into a haunting funeral dirge in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ZmyEKPIvs "Darth Vader's Death"]].²* The saga's ''original'' great love theme, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hg-sWWmIVY Han Solo and the Princess]]".²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g34H1vwnB4g "The City in the Clouds"]]. Less bombastic, but utterly magnificent.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEWMsMulVuM Hyperspace]] is a very exciting track for where the Falcon narrowly escapes Cloud City.²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVulaCFNL4A The friggin' Asteroid Field]]. Never tell me the odds.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9K3RepZ__I The Battle of Hoth]] is almost 15 minutes of sheer awesome. Highlights include ''the'' anthem for HumongousMecha (part 1, 4:02-7:40), some preposterously heroic music when Luke pwns the AT-AT with the grenade (part 2, 2:45-3:40), and what can only be described as a gleefully malicious version of the Imperial March (3:40-4:10). Good times.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lMJ06GXdeU Yoda's theme]] is simply lovely.²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMa33_zmBc "The Clash of Lightsabers"]], where the crew escapes to the Falcon in ''Empire''.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxezTlYuZuk "The Rebel Fleet/End Titles"]]. For a film that ends on quite a downer, the beginning of this piece focuses purely on the hope for the future with a stirring rendition of the "Han Solo and the Princess" theme which ascends into the standard End Titles music. Cutting this theme a bit shorter than the other films, it segues into reprises of "Yoda's Theme" and "The Imperial March" that are anything but unnecessary repetition. After that, the most soaring rendition of "Han Solo and the Princess" builds and builds until we are presented with what is possibly the greatest climax to a score in film history.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Return of the Jedi'']] ²* The adventurous theme of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dDBvOtRaSo Ewoks.]] and the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXi23tmzuBo Forest Battle]]".²* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yPDm-VbMxU Emperor's sinister motif]] is the perfect theme for any villain.²* ''Jedi'' has all the best themes of the original trilogy, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iMT-2Fze-A "Leia's News/Light of the Force"]]. Starts off with Luke and Leia's theme, rolls into the love theme, and then the EPIC force theme at the cremation. But the whole of the second half of ''Jedi'' has awesome music.²* When Vader breaks free of the Dark Side in ''Return of the Jedi'' the music switches from an "evil victory is imminent" rendition of the Emperor's Theme to a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oziz8lT35DE kick-in-the-gut minor chord version of the "Force Theme"]].²* The tragically underused "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HXwju2UXio Luke and Leia]]" in ''Return of the Jedi'', which may very well be the best music in the saga.²* The first half of the track [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MJzvyzbqGI "The Final Duel/Into the Death Star"]], the part of the film when Luke snaps and goes all-out against his father. The mournful [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrFjtxyvT0E male vocals]] combined with the tragic strings nearly make the music a {{tearjerker}} without any context whatsoever. The tune was tweaked into the song for the opening screen of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.²* During [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOBNjz1lPBQ Vader's death]], the main triad of the Imperial March {{leitmotif}} is looped over and over, eventually ascending up a 5th from its normal 1-6-3 location to a 5-3-7. At the very end, it is plucked out one last time by a lonesome harp -- signaling not only the defeat of the EvilEmpire, but the passing of MainCharacter Anakin Skywalker.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpj1DYK4fCs "Into the Trap"]]. That repeating motif when Lando, Wedge, and the other group leaders check in '''perfectly''' captures the determination of the Rebellion at that moment.²* Yub Nub may be cute, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II04E2GEJG8 "Victory Celebration"]] is just... amazing. A song with no language that perfectly captures the feeling of knowing that the galaxy is finally free. For fans that have grown up with ''Star Wars'', hearing the triumphant chorus after watching everything unfold could be considered a bittersweet tearjerker.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po549KE5esE Lapti Nek]], the song that originally played in Jabba’s palace before the GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion, is awesomely catchy, even if you don’t understand the lyrics. Even fans who don't mind the edits often state they wish this song was left in.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''The Force Awakens'']]²* ''The Force Awakens''[='=] main title theme is a joy to hear after ten years, the second part [[http://youtu.be/y8ac1Qg-r-8?t=1m24s "The Attack on the Jakku Village"]] prepares you for yet another adventure in a galaxy far, far away. It is atmospheric and tense at the beginning and it builds up to the crescendo when [[spoiler: Poe Dameron is captured by Kylo Ren's troops]].²* From ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' we have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65As1V0vQDM "Rey's Theme"]], which is an instant classic. There's also a [[https://youtu.be/IUs88IY1A00?t=1m15s tragic rendition of her theme]], when she gets captured by Kylo Ren. Along with a [[https://youtu.be/kShrb-zSWMI?t=38s graceful variant]] when the ''Falcon'' arrives on the peaceful world of Takadona.²* Also from ''The Force Awakens'' we have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueqKtype7Kk "March of the Resistance"]] which is the ThemeSongPowerUp for the Resistance during an aerial battle at the film's midpoint. Ever wondered what the Rebellion version of the Imperial March would sound like? Now you know, and it's exactly awesome as that description implies, combining the militaristic snare and propulsive beat of the Empire's leitmotif with an upbeat, punchy and appropriately courageous Resistance tinge to match the heroics of Poe Dameron and his X-Wing cavalry.²* The epic battle music continues with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJzuanMUuS4 "Scherzo for X-Wings"]] which plays over the film's climactic dogfight and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itzm8-kcOAg "Farewell and The Trip"]] which plays during the denouement and it really conveys the feeling that the darkness has passed and that good has triumphed once more [[spoiler: although at a great cost]]. "Scherzo" is particularly notable for how it re-uses the main Star Wars theme. Sure, the main couple of notes have been used here and there throughout the movies to add weight to a triumphant moment for the heroes, but this is the first time since the franchise's beginning that John Williams finally turned the main theme into a full blown ThemeMusicPowerUp!²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUBUlKgsNK8 "The Jedi Steps and Finale"]], an enchanting theme that grows more dramatic when [[spoiler:Rey discovers Luke Skywalker]]. The end credits contain a lovely medley of Rey's theme, Kylo Ren's theme, The Resistance theme, and finally ending in a graceful combination of Rey's and The Force theme.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRRPCjr1Ito Kylo Ren enters the Battle,]] the sinister and badass piece that plays during the Imperial invasion of Takodana.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwNpmpBC-t0 "Torn Apart"]] perfectly captures Kylo Ren's dilemma, [[spoiler:patricide, and Chewbacca's grief and rage]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''The Last Jedi'']]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_OO9taOvG8 "Main Title and Escape."]] It's always wonderful to hear the main theme again, complete with the fluttery flute riff during the transition between the two parts of the piece that had been absent since ''Film/ANewHope.'' The "Escape" section of the opening number is pretty awesome too, with the action music growing less heroic and more frantic and perilous with every second during the [[spoiler: attack on the Dreadnaught]], reaching its tragic climax when [[spoiler: Paige dies to save the Resistance.]]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLVowa3xEbY "Ahch-To Island"]] picks up right where ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' left off with "The Jedi Steps," which is interrupted with [[spoiler: an appropriately gut-wrenching phrase when Luke simply tosses the saber over his shoulder]]. Then we get a brief snippet of the lovely "Binary Sunset," and a longer reprise of "Rey's Theme" as [[spoiler: Rey follows Luke around the island as he goes about his daily routine, establishing that Luke is at a similar place at the beginning of this film to Rey at the beginning of the previous one]]. ²* [[https://youtu.be/m_8_DPH0hDM "The Sacred Jedi Texts"]] starts off with a powerfully bombastic rendition of the Force theme before finally settling into a mellow rendition of [[spoiler: Yoda's theme]] to underscore the nostalgia and peace behind [[spoiler: Yoda's brief return]].²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP0nEO6q8iI "The Rebellion is Reborn"]], aka the theme for Rose Tico, is simply lovely, and evokes the sweeping and dramatic beauty of Princess Leia's theme from "Empire" while simultaneously being its own distinctive theme.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrLBaE5QWUQ "Revisiting Snoke"]] might sound low-key compared to Emperor Palpatine's theme, but it's still deliciously ominous through and through, especially with Darth Vader's leitmotif returning and Kylo Ren's leitmotif to cap it off.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnQ779i3fDg "The Supremacy"]] mixes some of the saga's best themes, combining Kylo Ren's theme, the always-welcome Resistance March, "Binary Sunset", and finally a truly heartbreaking version of Leia's Theme, to represent one of the most powerful moments in the saga, as [[spoiler: Leia uses the Force to [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome pull herself back to the ship after being blown out into space.]]]] If you're not in tears by the end, you ''weren't listening.''²* The extremely disorienting [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFzuvgyqyCE "The Cave"]] may not be the flashiest, but it very effectively sets the mood for Rey's surreal experience on Ahch-To, and perfectly captures her disappointment about [[spoiler: not getting any meaningful answers.]]²* What's not to love about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIIvAoHIsPQ The Battle Of Crait]]? The "damn the torpedoes" rendition of the Resistance theme near the beginning is cool enough, but the triumphant reprise of Rey's theme and "Here They Come!" from ''A New Hope'' when [[spoiler: the Falcon makes its dramatic re-entry then lures the TIE fighters into a chase in the crystal caves of Crait]] drive the awesomeness into the stratosphere. [[spoiler: "They really hate that ship!"]], indeed.²* The [[TitleDrop titular]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9e5JcKxHaA The Last Jedi]] plays during Luke's "duel" with Kylo Ren, and is essentially a musical retelling of the events in the film. You can hear Kylo's rage in the second half as he charges at Luke, and his VillainousBreakdown as he realizes Luke had completely duped him.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk6YaL9wg0E "The Fathiers"]] is bouncy, exciting, and dramatic in a "Western horseback chase" sense that serves as an appropriate back-up for one of the most purely entertaining action sequences in the movie.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibEIp2mmU0c "A New Alliance,"]] aka [[spoiler: the scene where Rey and Kylo lay waste to Snoke's guards]] features potentially the most bombastic version of the "Force Theme" in the history of the saga, underscoring [[spoiler: Kylo's decision to turn on Snoke and kill him]], before dropping us straight into heart-pounding badassery right up until the end. ²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHb9T6WvvW0 "The Spark"]] unites Luke's theme and Leia's theme [[spoiler: with both characters interacting for the last time. Doubly heart wrenching given Carrie Fisher's death. And ending it with an altered version of the Imperial March, only Luke is doing the marching in context of the scene.]]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ue_5T4fMk "Canto Bight"]] is simply a delight, with jazzy ''samba'' rhythms on piano, trumpet, and steel drums that call to mind a "rich man's version" of the classic Cantina Band sound, appropriate for one of the galaxy's most opulent hot spots.²* From the complete score, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rIBFn3oU7c "Holdo's Resolve"]] is a short but intense piece that plays when the movie alternates between three powerful scenes, namely [[spoiler:Kylo and Ren fighting over Anakin's lightsaber, Phasma ordering Finn and Rose's executions, and most importantly, Holdo preparing to ram her ship against the ''Supremacy'']], with the song's crescendo reaching its climax with a deafening silence as [[spoiler:the First Order's fleet is laid to waste by an incredible hyperspace ramming maneuver]].²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOXXNLKVA90 "Chrome Dome"]] feebly continues from "Holdo's Resolve" following [[spoiler:the devastation caused by Holdo's sacrifice,]] but then switches over to heavy war drums as Phasma walks through the inferno and gets on a one-on-one fight with Finn.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FviFi42Y4c "Peace and Purpose".]] [[spoiler:"Binary Sunset" plays as Luke watches a twin sunset, as he fades away, most likely passing on as a force ghost.]] The other half is a bittersweet yet hopeful tune that shows that hope is still alive in the galaxy.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvOqgtnrPAw "Finale"]] plays over the coda on Canto Bight, with a whimsical version of the main theme played on chimes, before segueing into "Binary Sunset" when [[spoiler: the stable boy demonstrates his Force abilities and stares out at the night sky, suggesting that hope is reborn in the galaxy]]. Then, following the tradition set by the closing credits of the previous films in the saga, we get reprises of several pieces, including Rose's theme, a piano version of Leia's theme over the tribute to Carrie Fisher, the Resistance march, the Rebel fanfare, Rey's theme, [[spoiler: Yoda's theme]], the Battle of Crait, and "Here They Come," and the piece is bookended with Rey's theme played on the chimes we heard at the beginning, signifying who [[spoiler: the title character is]]. And listen carefully to the reprise of Rey's theme right at the end: it's shifted from a minor key to a major key, to match Luke's.²[[/folder]]²²!!Anthology Films²²[[folder:''Rogue One'']]²Creator/MichaelGiacchino had to complete the ''Film/RogueOne'' score in a hurry, but gave it his all.²----²* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaEzKRngCyY Hope]]". The title is a NonIndicativeName at first, with the beginning playing over [[spoiler: Darth Vader's CurbStompBattle against the Rebel troops]] and the end showing us the hope as [[spoiler: Princess Leia gets the Death Star plans, setting up the plot of the ''original'' Star Wars film, ''Film/ANewHope'']].²* Jyn Erso's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w42CTq5QZtI lovely and graceful theme]]. And the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qemb3iBlp1o piece]] when [[spoiler:Jyn and Cassian die]] is soul-crushingly powerful.²* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C2wCcuKmLI "Imperial Suite"]] almost rivals the iconic Imperial March in awesomeness.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBRI93pizlo Chirrut Imwe's]] theme is both tranquil and epic. The choirs used are lovely as well.²* Throw in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKkWMj8QQt8 "Star-Dust"]], the LonelyPianoPiece which plays when [[spoiler: the Death Star is fired for the first time]]. It's hauntingly beautiful, and perfectly underscores the [[spoiler: tragedy, as well as the hologram message Jyn receives from her father]]. ''Rogue One''[='=]s score may not have been John Williams material, but it could be epic and powerful at all the right beats in its own way. ²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kznw7K80uUY "Good Luck Little Sister"]], particularly the two renditions of Krennic's theme that bookend the track. One frantic, one bombastic, but both deliciously evil. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Solo'']]²John Powell does an excellent job combining the John Williams style with the more modern aesthetics found in film scores these days.²----²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVfjzACrzFo "The Adventures of Han"]], Han's {{leitmotif}} for the movie. Its style is instantly recognizable, as it was composed by none other than Music/JohnWilliams himself. It's both a nostalgic and energetic piece, as if it was merging the sounds of the original and prequel trilogies.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWCl_JWfmw4 "Reminiscence Therapy"]], the music that plays during the ''Millennium Falcon'' vs TIE fighters chase through the nebula, is absolutely stunning, with a blend of new themes such as Han's and Chewie's leitmotifs and classics such as "The Asteroid Field", "TIE Fighter Attack", and the ''Star Wars'' theme itself. ²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N5Lzq-F0qk Enfys Nest's]] {{Leitmotif}}, with a heavy choir section reminiscent of "Duel of the Fates." [[spoiler:It works even better after the reveal that she's actually fighting for a good cause.]]²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifoX0O3GC_8 Flying with Chewie]]²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnU1Qs-CYT4 Break Out]]²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ9o2jttC5g Train Heist]]²[[/folder]]²²!!Live Action Series²²[[folder:''The Mandalorian'']]²For ''Series/TheMandalorian'', Ludwig Göransson's atmospheric, mystical score perfectly blends together dozens of different seemingly clashing tones that clearly establishes the unique SpaceWestern and LowerDeckEpisode tone of this show compared to almost anything that's been heard in ''Star Wars'' previously.²----²* The [[https://youtu.be/SiGd8k55mWk main theme]] starts mystically and tribally, and gets progressively bombastic and heroic. Perfectly contrasting the movies' usual fanfares, it's low key and embraces the dangers of a bounty hunter's life, fitting the LowerDeckEpisode tone of the series like a glove.²* The music for Season 1, Episode 6 has a very different, but fitting feel to it; it foregrounds the electronic elements of the score in an innovative fashion (for ''Star Wars''), showing the influence of both John Williams and Creator/JohnCarpenter.²[[/folder]]²²!!Animated Series²²[[folder:''The Clone Wars'']]²''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' has plenty of its own Awesome Music made just for the show instead of always relying on the iconic soundtracks introduced in the theatrical films. Kevin Kiner (the show's composer) also has some of the soundtrack released on [[http://www.kevinkiner.com/music/ his own website]].²----²* The opening theme of ''The Clone Wars'' is brilliant in the fact that it is still recognizably the traditional ''Star Wars'' theme while managing to be different enough that you know this is something else. With a slightly more militaristic bent tone, the opening theme suits ''The Clone Wars'' perfectly.²* The music throughout the PilotMovie is excellent and well composed, particularly during the scenes of the opening narration, the Battle of Christophsis, Anakin accepting Ahsoka as his Padawan Learning (along with them flying in a Republic Gunship), the Landing on Teth, the Battle of Teth, the B'moore Monastery, Anakin vs. Count Dooku, etc.²* The musical scores presented throughout the episodes that are part of the Malevolence arc are just amazing.²* The music presented in "Duel of the Droids" is brilliant, especially during the scenes that feature the Republic army landing at the Skytop Station, Ahsoka and the clone troopers' battle with the Separatists droids, Ahsoka and the clone troopers' duel with General Grievous, Anakin’s duels with both the Super Battle Droids and the Magnaguards, the battle in the South Landing Bay, and the duel between R2-D2 and R3-S6.²* The music throughout "Trespass" is awesome, doing a great job of conveying the intense drama of the tensions between the Talz and Republic soldiers and lending surprising pathos to the death of [[spoiler: [[AlasPoorVillain Chairman Cho]]]] before culminating in the dramatic final confrontation between Thi-Sen and Senator Chuchi.²* The music presented throughout "Weapons Factory" is memorable and well composed.²* The music in "Legacy of Terror" is great, especially during the scenes in which Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the Clone Troopers rescue Luminara Unduli and all of them escape from the Geonosian Temple.²* The music during the latter parts of "Brain Invaders" is particularly excellent, especially with the chanting when Ahsoka fights a brainwashed Barriss Offee in the halls of the ship.²* The musical score that plays in "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" when the Republic gunships arrive to rescue Palpatine, Anakin, Padmé, C-3PO, and R2-D2 from the clutches of the titular Zillo Beast while Anakin is cutting the ship they are inside of in half in order to escape from the beast and Yoda and Aayla Secura are fighting against it is both well-composed and amazing in addition to being able to highlight the intensity of certain situations.²%%* In "Overlords", the music that plays while Anakin defeats the Daughter and the Son on Mortis.²* Savage Opress' {{Leitmotif}} (which is introduced in "Monster" and used at certain points in most of the episodes he appears in) is both epic and catchy. ²* The music presented in "A Friend in Need", especially during the battle that Ahsoka, Lux, and R2-D2 has with the Death Watch (the score is so great that it gets reused in certain episodes during certain duels).²* The music in "Revenge" during the lightsaber duel that Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress have against Darth Maul and Savage Opress is excellent. It even gets reused and slightly modified in "Shades of Reason" during Darth Maul’s duel with Pre Vizsla (which also has an awesome musical piece during the scenes in which Maul confronts Vizsla). ²* The music in "Eminence" (especially during the Shadow Collectives' attack on Nal Hutta) is epic and well-composed. ²* "The Lawless":²** The music during Satine's death is brilliant in addition to sounding beautiful and sorrowful.²** The piece that accompanies Darth Sidious' duel with Darth Maul and Savage Opress is fittingly epic for a clash between some of the (and in Sidious' case, ''the'') most powerful Dark Side users to ever live.²* The music that plays in the end of "The Wrong Jedi" was actually orchestrated and not made on a computer, and it adds to the already emotional scene of [[spoiler: Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order]].²%%* "Overlords", the music played while Anakin defeated the Daughter and the Son on Mortis.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Rebels'']]²* With [[http://www.kevinkiner.com/music/ Kevin]] [[https://soundcloud.com/luke-cypert/sets/star-wars-rebels-original-soundtrack-by-kevin-kiner Kiner]] (as well as [[https://soundcloud.com/davidglenrussell David Glen Russell]] and it appears [[https://soundcloud.com/deankinersounds Dean and Sean Kiner]] as well) returning from ''The Clone Wars'' this is a given, especially since the original film themes figure prominently in the soundtrack. A special moment of awesome is the Imperial March slowly playing as a Star Destroyer flies overhead to kick off the series.²* "Empire Day" features [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TouCl6yp13A "The Imperial March"]], as one might expect. Except, it's rearranged from the traditional foreboding song the ''Star Wars'' fans have known it has for over 34 years into a rousing anthem of hope. ''And it works''.²* [[https://soundcloud.com/davidglenrussell/ahsokas-fate "Ahsoka's Fate"]] (currently removed likely due to [[SpoilerTitle spoilers]]), used in the first half of the S2 midseason trailer and a rendition of "Ahsoka's Theme". Since the link is down as of this writing, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bim694_y1mQ someone managed to rip the audio from the trailer.]] The build-up in the beginning is extended from the original.²* [[https://soundcloud.com/davidglenrussell/hera-soars "Hera Soars"]], a triumphant theme as we see Hera master the B-Wing in "Wings of the Master".²* [[https://soundcloud.com/deankinersounds/ketsu "Ketsu"]], the theme and {{Leitmotif}} of the titular character, which plays during her introduction in "Blood Sisters". It has a mix of orientalist and invokes a ShowdownAtHighNoon tone to the scene. ²* [[https://soundcloud.com/deankinersounds/twin-moons "Twin Moons"]], which plays at the end of "Legacy", when Ezra [[spoiler:says goodbye to his recently-deceased parents after discovering their fate, accompanied by a vision of a better Lothal]]. It fits as a parallel to "Binary Sunset".²* The second half of season two starts off strong; [[spoiler:Leia's arrival means that several audio cues from the original trilogy make an appearance.]] Two moments in particular are [[spoiler:the ''Ghost''[='s=] arrival to the ''Star Wars'' main theme]], and a later cue borrows heavily from [[spoiler:the moment when the ''Falcon'' was captured by the Death Star.]]²* [[http://www.starwars.com/audio/star-wars-rebels-journey-into-the-star-cluster-audio-cue "Journey into the Star Cluster"]] from "Legends of the Lasat", during the [[spoiler:[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin star cluster scene]]]]. It is [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent different from the usual fanfare soundtrack]] ''[[SomethingCompletelyDifferent Star Wars]]'' [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent is known for]], which helps showcase the mystique and ritualism of Lasan's culture and its connection to Ashla, or the Force. [[https://soundcloud.com/deankinersounds/lasat-ritual "Lasat Ritual,"]] from earlier where Zeb uses his bo-rifle on the map, has a similar idea.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItpYeadX-vk The Inquisitor's theme]] is suitably sinister. ²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjuux2b4wN4 The theme song.]] There's also the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f7mdjVMC3E official remix]] by [[{{Dubstep}} Flux Pavilion]].²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYVbIRuA8E "Rebel... (he's a) Jedi... Rebel...]] [[EarWorm yeah, and what if I don't wanna be either?"]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csTWXXfMRE8 And the Season 3 version.]]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyiYl7h2Q70 "It's Over Now"]], the music used for the final few minutes of Season 2, reflecting its epic scope and conclusion. There is a piece that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was used before the final version]], called [[http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5667721fdf40f3a42f3c2187/566f41e4bfe873371e435fc1/56e9dc21f8baf38485af534b/1458166867451/Where+the+Sun+Sails+and+the+Moon+Walks.mp3 "Where the Sun Sails and the Moon Walks"]]. [[https://vimeo.com/179158567 Someone edited the ending montage with this song.]]²* The pieces in the initial Season 3 trailer, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fycUCiLlc which someone managed to rip,]] are completely ''badass''. It begins feeling darkened and with a much more jaded and serious feel, mirroring how the characters (especially Kanan and Ezra) are [[HeroicBSOD still broken]] ([[TookALevelInCynic or at least have their pieces in the wrong places]]) from the DownerEnding we last saw them in, before escalating into something evocative of an action-adventure movie trailer, and suddenly quieting down into an organ that establishes its volume right when Thrawn [[EmergingFromTheShadows emerges from the shadows]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8indbmwH3xs Then the final piece]] tells us the stakes are ''much'' crazier than before.²* In "Trials of the Darksaber", we have [[https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5667721fdf40f3a42f3c2187/566f41e4bfe873371e435fc1/5867eea4ebbd1adda9a8ba18/1483206728230/Sabine+Suite.mp3 "Sabine's Suite"]]. Sabine has a {{Leitmotif}} now that plays throughout the episode, and it noticeably plays during her MotiveRant at the end. Its forlorn tone helps showcase how the [[SinsOfTheFather sins of the generation that lived through the Clone Wars]] has affected Sabine and her generation.²* In "Legacy of Mandalore", we have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn__xIWbZB0 "Duel for the Darksaber"]] as Sabine fights Saxon and ends up victorious. There's also the pieces that play as Sabine [[spoiler:refuses to kill Saxon]] and when Ursa [[spoiler:kills Saxon]].²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OGix6gtObE "Thrawn's Web"]], especially the organ part, is a suitably sinister leitmotif for the cunning and sophisticated Grand Admiral.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJLD61Y1doU "Kanan's End Credits"]], a sweeping orchestral version of Kanan's theme that plays during the end of "A World Between Worlds", perfectly underscoring [[spoiler:the crew's, and by extension the audience's, final farewell to Kanan.]]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G3Cs6pdsbM "Sabine Sees Ezra"]], one of the final recitings of our protagonists' leitmotifs, building up to [[spoiler:Ezra [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself choosing to defy orders and go alone to confront Thrawn]] in order to [[ItsPersonal save Lothal]], while Sabine notices and silently lets him go as she distracts the others. And as it turns out, this was the last time our heroes ever personally saw Ezra... at least for a very long time, perhaps.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Resistance'']]²* The show's [[https://youtu.be/YSJNIeD8lNA main theme]] is quite upbeat and catchy. Even the [[https://youtu.be/3w8-u6gPrkc heavily shortened version]] that serves as the show's intro is bound to get stuck in your head.²[[/folder]]²²!!Video Games²²[[folder:''Knights of the Old Republic'']]²* The game starts off with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDwl-31afEc "The Sith/Endar Spire"]], with the protagonist getting woken up by their bunk mate Trask Ulgo in the middle of an ambush by a Sith battle fleet over the planet of Taris. The intense, serious, alarmed theme reflects the urgency and haste in reaching the bridge and escaping the ship.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords'']]²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__gLIyeQYDU "Rebuilt Jedi Enclave"]] is a calm, yet dark, tragic and melancholic theme that plays when you enter the rebuilt upper levels of the Dantooine Jedi Enclave to meet your destiny.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:''Battlefront'' (2015)]]²* ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015 Battlefront]]'' has a truly splendid soundtrack that combines some memorable music from the first three films with some original music of its own.²%%* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni8ZfEBfFD0 The Main Menu Theme]] is a great example.²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfLUX3ZHqkY The Tension Loop]] that plays at the end of every match really captures the frantic, intense moments you experience during those precious few seconds you have before time runs out. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAivvK7zGwk The Sabotage Theme]] is just as good with its use of rapid strings along side loud, explosive brass. ²* If [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyOPdU1642o the Rebels' Victory Theme]] doesn't make you shout "FOR THE REBELLION!!!", nothing will!²* Even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvUVYRqAvRI the Imperial Victory Theme]] is awesome to listen to with its dark, intimidating tone befitting the Empire.²[[/folder]]²----

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