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Re: Holt says Williams decided when his themes could be used in Obi-Wan
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• Posted by: Christian Clemmensen   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 6:25 p.m.
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> So, that clears that up. Here's the full quote:

> 'John Williams watched the whole show, and he granted permission for
> his themes to be used in episode six and in certain places, and where the
> Yoda theme would go, and then that set the tentpoles for me. Like, 'Okay,
> we can't use the themes until this point, so we need to be leading to
> them.''

So my hunch was correct. The spotting issues with legacy themes were by Williams' own directive. Not surprising at all.

We know that Williams is territorial about the cinematic entries in the franchise. (This series counts. He doesn't care about the video games, animations, etc., because there is less prestige there.)

We also know that Disney/Lucasfilm and Kennedy show huge deference to Williams in how his legacy themes are adapted in things like Rogue One, Solo, and Kenobi. At least Holt was told of Williams' spotting decisions ahead of time. Giacchino simply had to re-write parts of his score after it was written.

Taking this a step further, I would not be surprised if Williams made his composition of a new theme for Kenobi contingent upon two things: Ross arranging it and Williams having control over the spotting of it and the legacy themes.

I love Williams, but he really does consider Star Wars music to be his personal domain. I respect that. He deserves it, in my opinion. However, his spotting directives on Kenobi were awful, and that needs called out.

I do wonder if he would have allowed more legacy themes in the six episodes had Ross been adapting and writing the entirety of the music. I also wonder if he was offered the entire series himself, whether seriously or as a mere courtesy.


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