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"General Grievous's theme" is a piece of music written by John Williams for the soundtrack of the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and its respective score. It represents the character of the Separatist General Grievous and was performed in 2005 by the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices, the choir used for the previous two prequels. The theme appears three times in Revenge of the Sith and twice in its soundtrack. "General Grievous's theme" prominently features a number of strings, French horns playing the melody, and the London Voices. The composition also makes an appearance in the Revenge of the Sith video game, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as in the 2017 version of Star Wars Battlefront II.

Conception and developmentEdit

Composer John Williams wrote the score for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith,[10] as he had done for all five previous Star Wars films. In 2005, he worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices choir to perform the score, as he had done for the two previous prequels.[11] Both the Orchestra and choir were used in "General Grievous's theme,"[1] the main theme utilized to identify with the Separatist character General Grievous, the cyborg leader of the Separatist Droid Army following the death of Count Dooku.[5] The soundtrack was released on May 3, 2005 and again on May 24 as an MP3 download.[2] On September 25, 2015, Sony Classical announced it would be releasing the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack along with the other five films' soundtracks in three new sets: the Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection, the Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition, and the Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection on January 8, 2016.[4]


"General Grievous's theme" appears twice on the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack. The track "Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious" has the most discernible and complex form of the theme. The piece is generally polyphonic, meaning that sections play their own unique parts dissimilar in rhythm and pitch to those of other instruments or groups. In this track, the theme starts off with a rapid string part. Trumpets then come in, followed by horns playing the main melody, which is broken into three sections by short rests. This is repeated once, before the London Voices enter, singing between the brass phrases. The theme ends suddenly as the chorus and orchestra drop off all at once. The theme also appears in the track "Star Wars and The Revenge of the Sith." This version is simply a tuba soli—a part that features a single section rather than an individual musician—which is followed by the beginning of the theme, replacing the horns with tubas.[1]


In the soundtracksEdit

"General Grievous's theme" is featured for the first time four minutes and forty-six seconds into the track "Star Wars and The Revenge of the Sith," the first track on the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack. It is also heard at the beginning of "Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious," the soundtrack's thirteenth track.[1]

In the moviesEdit

Kenobi Grievous

The theme plays during the lightsaber duel between General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Utapau.

"General Grievous's theme" is exclusively used in Revenge of the Sith. It appears in the scene aboard the Invisible Hand, General Grievous's flagship, when Grievous is seen for the first time in the film. It appears a second time in the scene showing Grievous arriving on the sinkhole planet Utapau in a Sheathipede-class transport shuttle. This scene contains the theme's most complex appearance. The theme is heard for a third time during the lightsaber duel between Grievous and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the hangar in Pau City, the capital city of Utapau, which results in Grievous's death. The theme is also used in the chapter menu on the film's DVD that uses the hangar scene as the screen background.[5]

In the Expanded UniverseEdit


The theme appears in the 2005 video game Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, in the level "Showdown with Grievous."[6] It also appears in the level "General Grievous" in the Episode III section of the 2007 non-canon video game LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.[7] Additionally, the 2011 BioWare online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic included the theme, played during the Huttball player-versus-player warzone instance.[8]


The theme is played in the 2017 version of Star Wars Battlefront II whenever the player spawns as General Grievous, as well as when the player is defeated.[9]


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Compositions and motifs
Introduced in Episode I
"Duel of the Fates" · "Anakin's Theme" · "Qui-Gon's Theme"
"Funeral Theme" · "Droid Invasion Theme" · "Jar Jar's Theme"
"Darth Maul's Motif" · "Shmi's motif" · "The Arrival at Tatooine" · "Escape from Naboo" · "The Flag Parade"
Introduced in Episode II
"Across the Stars" · "Separatist Theme" · "Kamino motif" · "Mourning Theme" · "The Arena"
"Republic Motif" · "Jango's Escape" · "Bounty Hunter's Pursuit" · "The Meadow Picnic"
Introduced in Episode III
"Battle of the Heroes" · "General Grievous's theme"
"Anakin's Betrayal" · "Padmé's Destiny" · "Padmé's Ruminations"
"Immolation theme" · "Mystery of the Sith motif" · "Anakin's Dark Deeds"
Introduced in Rogue One
"Jyn Erso & Hope Suite" · "The Imperial Suite" · "Guardians of the Whills Suite"
Introduced in Episode IV
"Star Wars Main Title" · "Princess Leia's Theme" · "Rebel Fanfare" · "The Throne Room" · "Binary Sunset"
"Imperial motif" · "Death Star motif" · "Jawa Theme" · "Here They Come!" · "The Final Battle" · "Tusken Raider Theme"
Introduced in Episode V
"The Imperial March" · "Han Solo and the Princess" · "Yoda's Theme" · "Droids motif" · "Boba Fett's motif"
"Lando's Palace" · "Betrayal at Bespin motif" · "The Asteroid Field"
Introduced in Episode VI
"Parade of the Ewoks" · "The Forest Battle" · "Jabba's Theme" · "The Emperor's Theme" · "Luke and Leia"
"Victory Celebration" · "Yoda's Revelation" · "Jabba the Hutt" · "Ewok Celebration"
Introduced in Episode VII
"Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village" · "I Can Fly Anything" · "Rey's Theme" · "Han and Leia"
"March of the Resistance" · "Snoke"
Introduced in Episode VIII
"Rose Tico's Theme" · "Desperation motif" · "Last-ditch fanfare" · "Hesitance sarabande"
Introduced in Holiday Special
"A Day to Celebrate" · "Goodnight, But Not Goodbye" · "Light the Sky on Fire"
Introduced in Droids
"In Trouble Again"
Introduced in Ewoks
"Ewoks" · "Friends Together, Friends Forever"
Introduced in The Clone Wars
"Ahsoka's Triumphant Theme" · "Padmé's Theme" · "Clone Wars Victory Theme" · "Ahsoka's Theme"
Introduced in Rebels
"Rebels Theme" · "Ezra's Theme"
Introduced in Shadows of the Empire
"Xizor's Theme" · "Dash's theme"
Introduced in The Force Unleashed
"Kota's Theme" · "Force Unleashed Theme" · "Juno Eclipse / Finale" · "Redemption Theme"
Introduced in Rogue Squadron
"Rogue Squadron Main Title"

Real-world music
I · II · III · IV · V · VI · VII · VIII · IX
Original Soundtrack Anthology · Ultimate Vinyl Collection
Ultimate Soundtrack Edition · Ultimate Digital Collection
Spin-off films & TV:
Ewoks · The Clone Wars movie & seasons 1–6 · Rebels Season One & Season Two · Rogue One · Solo · The Mandalorian (Chapter 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8)
Video games:
Shadows of the Empire · Republic Commando · The Old Republic
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Oga's Cantina: R3X's Playlist 1
Clint Bajakian · Peter Bernstein · Michael Giacchino · Patrick Gleeson · Ludwig Göransson · Mark Griskey
Jesse Harlin · Jerry Hey · Chris Hülsbeck · Kevin Kiner · Frank Klepacki · Joel McNeely
Lin-Manuel Miranda · John Powell · Ryan Shore · Jeremy Soule · John Williams · Joseph Williams
London Symphony Orchestra · London Voices
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra · Royal Scottish National Orchestra
New London Children's Choir · Seattle Sinfonia Orchestra
Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra · Los Angeles Master Chorale · Kathleen Battle
Sheet music books
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
Music from the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition · Selections from Star Wars
Star Wars: A Musical Journey: Episodes I-VI · Star Wars Episodes I, II & III Instrumental Solos
Star Wars for Beginning Piano Solo · The Force Awakens · Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Music videos
"Lapti Nek": The Music Video from Jabba's Palace · The Duel of the Fates · A Hero Falls
Bantha Music · Christmas in the Stars
Special Extended Dance Remix of Lapti Nek from the Original Soundtrack Recording of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Tusken Music · Headspace
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