"Luke and Leia" is a musical theme composed by John Williams for the siblings Luke and Leia Skywalker. The piece was written for the film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and is given a full statement during the Skywalker siblings' conversation in Bright Tree Village about their familial bonds.

Conception and development[edit | edit source]

"George Lucas—certainly a genius. George, you've given me the greatest opportunity—the broadest canvas—to write themes for characters. Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Anakin, Luke and Leia, the Force, and so on. For the first film, George, I even wrote—you'll remember—a quite heated love theme with a melody and a development section, and a torrid climax—thinking that Luke and Leia were lovers. And I found out two years later—that they were brother and sister."
―John Williams[src]

John Williams initially composed a "quite heated" love theme for Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope to the extent of writing a development section that led up to a "torrid" climax. However, the theme never materialized for the 1977 film, and Williams later discovered that Luke and Leia were siblings only years later.[1]

Nevertheless, for the third installment of George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, John Williams wrote "Luke and Leia" for the family relationship between the two characters. A full statement of the theme was included in the film, which was released in 1983. For the Special Edition release of Return of the Jedi, Williams composed the concert piece "Victory Celebration," which was a rendition of "Luke and Leia."

Usage[edit | edit source]

"Yes. It's you, Leia."
"I know. Somehow… I've always known."
"Then you know why I have to face him."
"No! Luke, run away. Far away. If he can feel your presence then leave this place. I wish I could go with you."
"No you don't. You've always been strong."
―"Luke and Leia" plays as Luke and Leia converse[src]

Luke and Leia

"Luke and Leia" first appeared in the film Return of the Jedi, where a full statement of the piece is played when Luke and Leia converse at Bright Tree Village about their shared family relationship. The theme reappears in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, when Luke and Leia reunite at the Crait outpost. "Luke and Leia" is also played in The Rise of Skywalker, in the track "Reunion." The beginning of the track is a faster rendition of a phrase from "Luke and Leia," which transitions into the "Star Wars Main Title" and later "The Force Theme" as starships of the citizens' fleet gather on Ajan Kloss. After playing several other themes, the melody of "Luke and Leia" is played, at which point the screenplay depicts Landonis Balthazar Calrissian and Jannah conversing.

The theme is also played in the Bond Unbroken music video on the Star Wars: A Musical Journey DVD. The piece is also played in LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Additionally, an extract of the theme features prominently in the opening credits of Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance.

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Leitmotifs and themes
Introduced in Episode IV
Leitmotifs:
Luke Skywalker · The Rebellion · Princess Leia · Jawa · The Force · Tusken Raider · Death Star · dies irae · Imperials

Recurring themes/concert pieces/songs:
"Star Wars Main Title" · "Cantina Band" · "Here They Come!/TIE Fighter Attack" · "The Final Battle" · "The Throne Room"

Introduced in Episode V
Leitmotifs: The Empire/Darth Vader · C-3PO and R2-D2 · "Han Solo and the Princess" · Yoda · Lando Calrissian · Boba Fett

Recurring themes: "The Asteroid Field"

Introduced in Episode VI
Leitmotifs: Jabba · Funeral · "Parade of the Ewoks" · Luke and Leia · The Emperor (Sith) · Trap

Concert pieces/songs: "Jabba the Hutt" · "Lapti Nek" · "Jedi Rocks"
"The Forest Battle" · "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 Rogue Squadron and Shadows of the Empire
"Rogue Squadron Main Title" · Xizor's Theme · Dash's theme
Introduced in Episode I
Leitmotifs: Qui-Gon Jinn · Jar Jar Binks · Darth Maul · Anakin Skywalker (V) · Shmi Skywalker

Recurring themes: "Droid Invasion Theme" · "The Flag Parade" · "Escape from Naboo" · "Duel of the Fates"

Introduced in Episode II
Conspiracy · Mystery · "Across the Stars" · "The Meadow Picnic" · "The Arena" (Republic) · Palpatine's machinations
Introduced in Episode III
General Grievous · Sith mystery · "Padm√©'s Ruminations" (III) · "Anakin's Betrayal" (I, II)
"Anakin's Dark Deeds" (V, II, III) · "Battle of the Heroes" · "Padm√©'s Destiny"
Introduced in Knights of the Old Republic I and II
Old Republic theme · Kreia's motif · Sith Triumvirate motif (II) · Nar Shaddaa motif · Korriban motif
Introduced in The Old Republic
Songs · The Commander · Valkorion
Introduced in The Force Unleashed
The Force Unleashed · Rahm Kota · Juno Eclipse · Redemption
Introduced in The Clone Wars and Rebels
Clones · Ahsoka Tano · Padm√© Amidala · Savage Opress · Mortis (IV) · Satine Kryze
Rebels (VI) · Ezra Bridger · The Grand Inquisitor · "Glory of the Empire" (V) · Maul · Thrawn
Introduced in Anthology Series
Jyn Erso and Hope (IV) · Galactic Empire · Guardians of the Whills · messenger (IV)
Han Solo · Han and Qi'ra · "Empire Recruitment" · Enfys Nest
"Chicken in the Pot" · "Stormtrooper JP-054 Karaoke" · L3-37 · "Mine Mission" (VI)
Introduced in Episode VII
Leitmotifs: Kylo Ren (V, V, VI, I, II, VII) · Rey (II, VI, II, III, VII) · Poe Dameron
The Resistance · Tension motif (II) · Snoke · "Jedi Steps"

Themes/songs: "Han and Leia" · "Jabba Flow"

Introduced in Episode VIII
Rose Tico · Desperation (VII) · Luke in exile
Introduced in Episode IX
Knights of Ren · "Anthem of Evil" (II, II, III, VI, VII, VIII) · "The Rise of Skywalker" (Victory motif (II, VII) · Friendship motif)
Jedi: Fallen Order
"Sugaan Essena" · Cal Kestis · Second Sister · Eno Cordova
Introduced in the LEGO Freemaker Adventures and the Holiday Special
Main Title/Freemakers' motif · Connection motif · "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
"The Mandalorian" · "The Child" · Gideon · Nite Owls
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Real-world music
Soundtracks
Saga:
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: film, Seasons 1–6, Season Seven (1–4, 5–8, 9–12) ¬∑ Rebels: One, Two
Rogue One · Solo · The Mandalorian (Chapter 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9-12 · 13-16)
Video games:
Shadows of the Empire · Republic Commando · The Old Republic: Collector's Edition · YouTube playlist
Jedi: Fallen Order
Galaxy's Edge:
Oga's Cantina: R3X's Playlist 1
Composers
Clint Bajakian · Stephen Barton · Peter Bernstein · Paul Dinletir · Michael Giacchino · Patrick Gleeson · Ludwig Göransson
Mark Griskey ¬∑ Gordy Haab ¬∑ Jesse Harlin ¬∑ Jerry Hey ¬∑ Chris H√ľlsbeck ¬∑ Dean Kiner ¬∑ Kevin Kiner ¬∑ Sean Kiner ¬∑ Frank Klepacki
Bear McCreary · Joel McNeely · Lin-Manuel Miranda · Danny Piccione · John Powell · Ryan Shore
Jeremy Soule · Joseph Trapanese · James L. Venable · John Williams · Joseph Williams
Performers
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
Vienna Philharmonic · Hamburger Symphoniker · Jefferson Starship · The Hu
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 Duel of the Fates · A Hero Falls
Other
Bantha Music · Christmas in the Stars · Lapti Nek Dance Remix · Tusken Music · Headspace
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