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Star Wars Music Minute

Feb 14, 2021

In this episode, we cover four prominent musical themes in minutes 6-10 of Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, including one that didn't make it to the commercial soundtrack. Otherwise, the music in this scene basically follows with the "Main Title and Escape" track on the album.

All of these themes will show up again later in The Last Jedi, and most of them are present in all of the sequels as well.


  • What is a leitmotif? Leitmotifs vs. themes.
  • Piano walkthrough of four leitmotifs.
  • Analysis ideas.
  • Sound design of the resistance bombers, and how that relates to the frequency spectrum.

Resource mentioned: Frank Lehman's Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars, with specific reference to the Thematic Census on pp. 64-5. It's awesome!

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