Princess Leia's Theme

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John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender and Ryan Nowlin)

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General Info

Year: 1977 / 2023
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Princess Leia’s Theme is first heard in Episode IV: A New Hope when Darth Vader captures Princess Leia. This lyrical theme is ubiquitous in the original Star Wars trilogy, and appears in the prequel and sequel trilogies as well. Williams utilizes this theme like a Wagnerian leitmotif throughout the films; it is at once elegant, brave, and regal, epitomizing the central heroine of the series.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 16 July 2023

Star Wars (retroactively titled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century-Fox. It was the first film released in the Star Wars film series and fourth chronological chapter of the "Skywalker Saga".

Set "a long time ago" in a fictional universe where the galaxy is ruled by the tyrannical Galactic Empire, the story focuses on a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance, who aim to destroy the Empire's newest weapon, the Death Star. When Rebel leader Princess Leia is apprehended by the Empire, Luke Skywalker acquires stolen architectural plans of the Death Star and sets out to rescue her, while learning the ways of a metaphysical power known as "the Force" from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The cast includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Nicholas Enrico Williams, conductor) - 26 October 2023
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (John Williams, conductor) - 16 July 2023

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