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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (John Williams)

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"Anakin's Betrayal" Thematic Origins
• Posted by: Ryan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, May 30, 2005, at 5:28 a.m.
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I find it interesting that much of the beginning of "Anakin's Betrayal", which underscores the slaughter of the Jedi, is derived from the lament heard at Shmi's funeral in AOTC (not on the album dammit!). At 0:33 there is a direct quotation of this motif (G-F#-E-E).

Why would Williams draw upon this particular theme? Is he hinting that Anakin did not only betray the Jedi; but his mother as well? Did he fail in his promise that he made standing over her grave?

. . . or could it be just for the sheer emotional impact and the theme has nothing to do with anything at all? . . . . *sigh*

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