Han Solo and the Princess is a musical theme composed by John Williams and played by the London Symphony Orchestra for The Empire Strikes Back.

It is the love theme of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, most prominently played during those characters' romantic encounter aboard the Millennium Falcon in the belly of the space slug. It is reused in a more dramatic manner as Solo is frozen in carbonite in Cloud City. It is played in Return of the Jedi when Leia reveals herself to Han after freeing him from the carbonite in Jabba's Palace, and also immediately following the destruction of the Second Death Star, when Leia reveals to Han that Luke Skywalker is her brother, effectively ending whatever competition Han thought may still have existed between the two for Leia's affections. It is reprised in "Han and Leia," a track from The Force Awakens. This rendition of the motif plays when Leia arrives on Takodana to pick up Han, Chewbacca, and Finn, during Han and Leia's time at the Resistance headquarters on D'Qar, and finally when Leia and Rey sadly embrace upon the Resistance's return from Starkiller Base, where Han was murdered by his and Leia's own son. It returns briefly in The Last Jedi when Luke hands Han's golden dice to Leia on Crait. The theme is present in The Rise of Skywalker when Leia senses the final battle between Kylo Ren and Rey.

The love theme is considered a complementary expansion of Princess Leia's Theme, the theme of Princess Leia, first heard in A New Hope, and also begins on a major sixth. Whereas Princess Leia's Theme represents a pure innocence of the Princess, Han Solo and the Princess trades in this innocence for a new element of maturity in her personal character.

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

In Star Wars: Battlefront II, the theme is played when playing as Han Solo.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Leitmotifs and themes
Introduced in Episode IV
Leitmotifs:
Main Title (Luke) · Rebels · Princess Leia · Jawa · the Force (Ben Kenobi) · Tusken Raider · Death Star · dies irae · Imperials

Recurring themes/concert pieces/songs:
"Star Wars Main Title" · "Mad About Me" (Cantina Band) (IV) · "Dune Sea Special" {Cantina Band #2)
"Here They Come!/TIE Fighter Attack" · "The Final Battle" · "The Throne Room"

Introduced in Episode V
the Empire/Darth Vader · droids · dark side · walkers · "Han Solo and the Princess" (IV) · Yoda · Boba Fett I
Lando Calrissian · "May the Force Be with You" · "The Asteroid Field"
Introduced in Episode VI
Leitmotifs: Jabba · funeral · "Parade of the Ewoks" · Luke and Leia (IV, IV) · The Emperor (Sith) · trap

Concert pieces/songs: "Jabba the Hutt" · "Lapti Nek" · "Jedi Rocks"
"The Forest Battle" (V) · "Ewok Celebration"/Yub Nub · "Victory Celebration" (VI)

Introduced in Holiday Special
"Light the Sky on Fire" · "Goodnight, But Not Goodbye" · "A Day to Celebrate"
Introduced in Droids and Ewoks
"In Trouble Again" · "Ewoks" · "Friends Together, Friends Forever"
Introduced in Dark Forces, Shadows of the Empire, and Rogue Squadron
mystery (IV, V) · Xizor's Theme · Dash's theme · Rogue Squadron theme
Introduced in Episode I
Leitmotifs: droid march · "Duel of the Fates" · Qui-Gon · Jar Jar · Darth Maul · Anakin Skywalker (V) · Shmi

Recurring themes: "The Flag Parade" · "Escape from Naboo"
Diegetic pieces: "Symponik Nabooalla" ("Augie's Great Municipal Band") (VI)

Introduced in Episode II
conspiracy (IV, II) · "Across the Stars" (IV, IV, IV) · "The Meadow Picnic"
descent (IV, II) · "The Arena" (Republic) · Palpatine's machinations
Introduced in Episode III
General Grievous · Sith mystery · "Padm茅's Ruminations" (III) · "Anakin's Betrayal" (II)
"Anakin's Dark Deeds" (V, II, III) · "Battle of the Heroes" · "Padm茅's Destiny"
Introduced in Knights of the Old Republic I and II
Revan · Bastila Shan · Kreia · Sith Triumvirate (II) · Nar Shaddaa · Korriban
Introduced in Clone Wars and Republic Commando
Advanced Recon Commandoes · Vode An
Introduced in The Old Republic
Songs · the Commander · Valkorion
Introduced in Empire at War and The Force Unleashed
Zann Consortium · The Force Unleashed · Rahm Kota · Juno Eclipse · Redemption
Introduced in The Clone Wars and Rebels
Admiral Yularen (V) · clones · Ahsoka Tano · Plo Koon · Padm茅 Amidala
Savage Opress · the Force (mystery) (IV) · Satine Kryze
Rebels (VI) · Ezra Bridger · the Grand Inquisitor · "Glory of the Empire" (V) · Maul · Thrawn
Introduced in Anthology Series
Galactic Empire · Jyn Erso & Hope Suite (Jyn Erso (IV) · hope (IV)Guardians of the Whills · messenger (IV) · Rogue One (IV)
Secrets · Han Solo · Han and Qi'ra · "Empire Recruitment" · Enfys Nest
"Chicken in the Pot" · "Stormtrooper JP-054 Karaoke" · L3-37 (VI)
Introduced in Episode VII
Leitmotifs: Kylo Ren (V, V, VI, I, I, II, VII) · Rey (IV, V, VI, II, II, III, VII) · Poe Dameron
the Resistance · tension (II) · Snoke · "Jedi Steps"

Concert pieces/songs: "Jabba Flow" · "Dobra Doompa" · "Adagio" · "Scherzo for X-Wings"

Introduced in Episode VIII
"The Rebellion Is Reborn" · Rose Tico · desperation (VII) · Luke in exile
Introduced in Episode IX
"Anthem of Evil" (II, II, III, VI, VII, VIII) · Knights of Ren · "The Rise of Skywalker" (victory motif (II, VII) · friendship motif) · "Lido Hey"
Introduced in Jedi: Fallen Order
"Sugaan Essena" · Cal Kestis · Second Sister · Eno Cordova
Introduced in Battlefront II and Squadrons
Iden Versio's Theme · Main Theme · "Ma Kapar"
Introduced in the LEGO Freemaker Adventures and the Holiday Special
Main Title/Freemakers' motif · connection · "Joh Blastoh"
Introduced in Galaxy's Edge
Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite · Theme park music · "Tara's Theme" · "Pinteeka Dub" · "Age of Jedi"
Introduced in The Mandalorian
Din Djarin (main theme) · Grogu · Gideon · Bo-Katan Kryze · Boba Fett II
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Real-world music
Soundtracks
Saga:
IIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIX
Original Soundtrack AnthologyUltimate Vinyl Collection
Ultimate Soundtrack EditionUltimate Digital Collection
Spin-off films & TV:
EwoksThe Clone Wars: film, Seasons 1–6, Season Seven (1–4, 5–8, 9–12)Rebels: One, Two
Rogue OneSoloThe Mandalorian (Chapter 123456789-1213-16)
Video games:
Shadows of the EmpireRepublic CommandoThe Old Republic: Collector's EditionYouTube playlist
BattlefrontBattlefront IIJedi: Fallen OrderSquadrons
Galaxy's Edge:
Oga's Cantina: R3X's Playlist 1
Composers
Brennan AndersonClint BajakianStephen BartonPeter BernsteinPaul DinletirMichael GiacchinoPatrick Gleeson
Ludwig G枚ranssonMark GriskeyGordy HaabJesse HarlinJerry HeyChris H眉lsbeckNick von KaenelDean Kiner
Kevin KinerSean KinerFrank KlepackiPeter McConnellBear McCrearyJoel McNeelyLin-Manuel Miranda
Danny PiccioneJohn PowellRyan ShoreJeremy SouleJoseph TrapaneseJames L. VenablePaul Webb
John WilliamsJoseph Williams
Performers
London Symphony OrchestraLondon Voices
City of Prague Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Scottish National Orchestra
New London Children's ChoirSeattle Sinfonia Orchestra
Los Angeles Master ChoraleJefferson StarshipThe Hu
Sheet music books
The Phantom MenaceAttack of the ClonesRevenge of the Sith
Music from the Star Wars Trilogy: Special EditionSelections from Star Wars
Star Wars: A Musical Journey: Episodes I-VIStar Wars Episodes I, II & III Instrumental Solos
Star Wars for Beginning Piano SoloThe Force AwakensRogue One: A Star Wars Story
Music videos
"Lapti Nek"The Duel of the FatesA Hero Falls
Other
Bantha MusicChristmas in the StarsLapti Nek Dance RemixTusken MusicHeadspace
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