Luke Skywalker

THURSDAY, April 9, 2020

(I ended up with around 90 themes from all the Star Wars movies, all collected together in a separate list I have not shared. They are all here in this site, but you would have to know where to find them. Like everyone else I am currently in lock-down because of the Covid virus. I am returning to Start Wars because I never finished the music the way I wanted to. I got exhausted and had to take a rest.)

4 – The Main Theme or Luke’s Theme…

This appears in Episode IV, A New Hope and is also sometimes called the Luke Theme. It is actually the combination of two themes because there is also the Rebel theme, and as far as I know there is no version of just this theme without its being linked to others. But the beginning is the theme, and it’s everywhere.

4 – The Force Theme, the other theme for Luke…

This theme is also linked to Luke, Obi Wan and Yoda. It is used at any moment where one of these characters is doing something noble. It is even used for Anakin, before he goes over to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader.

Because the characters are all linked over a many episode arc, this theme appears again and again. Williams uses it in a thousand ways, both as a stand-alone theme and mixed with other themes. At the end you can hear it is about to move into another theme in a longer suite.

4 – Binary Sunset…

This is a pivotal theme in the first movie, now known as Episode IV. The first theme we hear is Leia’s Theme. Then it moves into a very slow, thoughtful statement of both of the Luke Themes. So there are really three themes here, all subtly mixed together. It ends on a tritone, in the key of Db or C#, but the mode is unclear. and the tritone leaves us with a big question.

7 – The Jedi Steps Theme

Rey finally meets Luke here. This happens in The Force Awakens, Episode VII. You literally see Rey climbing steps until she meets a mysterious hooded man, and it is Luke Skywalker. This  is a bit longer than two minutes and it happens right at the end of the movie. You also hear Luke’s second theme, also the Force Theme, and the reason this does not sound like it ends is that it goes right into the ending credits, where the best of the music always ends up.

It is literally a teaser for the next movie. By the way, one of the newest Star Trek series, Star Trek Discovery, uses a very similar theme that I believe got its idea from this theme.

8 – Ahch-To Island Theme

If you think this is the same thing from the end of the last movie, you are right. But this is longer, so you also hear Luke’s second theme, also Rey’s Theme. There is another theme, and I know it, but at the moment I am unable to remember where I have heard it.

 Ahch-To Island is the world where the Jedi Order was founded, and its sacred island is the site of the first Jedi Temple.

Three decades after the Galactic Civil War, it served as the home of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker who went into exile seeking the first Jedi Temple after his Jedi students were killed by Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren. After the Resistance pieced together two map fragments to reveal Skywalker’s location, Rey traveled to Ahch-To in the Millennium Falcon accompanied by R2-D2 and Chewbacca, in search of him.


3 thoughts on “Luke Skywalker

  1. A complaint about binary sunset- This theme is almost too good. The insanely calm and beautiful yet unfamiliar atmosphere on tatooine really bolsters the calm yet mystical force theme that plays and I have nothing but love for this theme and scene. My problem lies in how the theme is used in later installments. This theme is supposed to show the calm and all encompassing nature of the force and how it guides the people of the universe but in later movies it’s played like a battle theme or a intimacy theme. It really irks me to see this beautiful piece played as loudly as possible during a scene where people are being blown up. Its almost as if they lost the soul of the original trilogy in places where it truly matters, like it’s most recognizable piece. Seriously Disney you need to analyze your properties before you go and ruin them.

  2. Yes, I did start listening to the last and was thinking, “Isn’t this very similar to the one just before?” I rather like the Jedi Steps theme.

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