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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (John Williams)
Reason Main Theme isn't heard much . . .

joehammer79
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Mister Frodo
Reason Main Theme isn't heard much . . .   Wednesday, June 14, 2006 (10:54 p.m.) 

The reviews for all 3 prequel films have all noted the lack of the main theme being present in the score. This is because it's Luke's Theme! Originally, the main theme was written for Luke, and what we now call the "Force Theme" was Obi-wan's theme. Williams says so in the jacket of the OT complete soundtracks. The lack of the main theme is essentially the lack of Luke in the films.

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Re: Reason Main Theme isn't heard much . . .   Friday, December 1, 2006 (7:55 p.m.) 

> The reviews for all 3 prequel films have all noted the lack of the main
> theme being present in the score. This is because it's Luke's Theme!
> Originally, the main theme was written for Luke, and what we now call the
> "Force Theme" was Obi-wan's theme. Williams says so in the
> jacket of the OT complete soundtracks. The lack of the main theme is
> essentially the lack of Luke in the films.

I agree with you, but I also have another theory. The Star Wars Main Theme acts as both a theme for Luke, and also a galactic theme used to emphasize bombast and swashbuckling action. This is why it appears in Episode I when Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan first fight the droids. But as the prequels went on, Williams moved away from the heroic, swashbuckling style, which is why the theme almost doesn't appear at all in Attack of the Clones. It appears in Episode III because, as you pointed out, it is the theme for Luke. Another point is that of the Rebellion Fanfare. Excluding the end credits, it has no major uses in either Episodes I or II. It is in Episode III, though, when Artoo blows the buzz droid up. This is an excellent use by Williams, as theme is a signal of the eventual Rebellion. But I think it could have been used more.

Ah well.



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