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Rebel Fanfare is a musical motif that represents the Rebel Alliance and the Millennium Falcon. It is used extensively in Episode IV and less frequently in all other episodes. The theme is usually played by a brass section. It appears in the closing credits of every movie. It also appears in the theme of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is an integral part of the main theme of the Star Wars Rebels TV series.

Although used less frequently outside of the original trilogy, the theme has several notable appearances in other films of the Star Wars saga: it plays at the reveal of the Millennium Falcon on Jakku in The Force Awakens, many times in The Last Jedi and in The Rise of Skywalker.

The theme appears several times in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, notably over an establishing shot of the Rebel Alliance Headquarters; as the Alliance Fleet emerges from hyperspace at Scarif; when Blue Squadron attacks the AT-ACTs; and in reference to "Imperial Attack" from Episode IV, played during the final scene aboard Tantive IV. The theme also appears in Solo: A Star Wars Story, most notably a bombastic rendition that occurs as the Millennium Falcon escapes from the gravity well in the Maw.

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The Rebel Fanfare appears in the end credits of all films of the Star Wars saga. The soundtrack of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope makes extensively use of the rebel leitmotif. The motif is first played in the track Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner to introduce Tantive IV, the rebel blockade runner fleeing Darth Vader's Star Destroyer. The motif is later played in Imperial Attack, The Hologram/Binary Sunset, The Death Star/The Stormtroopers, Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush, Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack, and The Throne Room/End Title.

In Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, the motif is played in The Battle of Hoth Medley in addition to the end titles. For Star Wars: Episode VI Return of The Jedi, the fanfare is played in The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault as well as The Battle of Endor III Medley in addition to the end titles.

In Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of The Sith, the Rebel Fanfare is played when the last of the buzz droids are dispatched by R2-D2 during the Battle of Coruscant. The music used is from the unreleased track "Get 'em R2!"

The end titles of every episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series include the fanfare. In addition, the episode "Wookiee Hunt" uses the fanfare as a leitmotif outside if the titles.

The Rebel Fanfare is featured alongside a rendition of the trap motif in the main theme of the Star Wars Rebels television series. While the rendition of the trap motif is used as a leitmotif for the Spectres rebel cell in the show, the Rebel Fanfare is used in accompaniment to most of the intro and outro screens of the Rebels logo.

In the sequel trilogy, in addition to its customary inclusion in the end credits, the motif is used in the tracks Follow Me and The Falcon for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Main Title and Escape, The Battle of Crait, and Peace and Purpose in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, and The Falcon Flight and Rescue in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack

Themes and leitmotifs
Introduced in Episode IV
Main Title (Luke) · Rebels · Imperials · the Force (Ben Kenobi) · Princess Leia · Death Star · Jawa · Tusken Raider · dies irae
"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
Jabba · Jabba's Baroque Recital · revelation · funeral · "Parade of the Ewoks" · Luke and Leia (IV, IV) · The Emperor · trap
"Jabba the Hutt" · "The Forest Battle" (V) · tension · mystery (IV, V) · "Ewok Celebration" (Yub Nub) · "Victory Celebration" (VI)
Introduced in Shadows of the Empire and Rogue Squadron
Xizor's Theme · Dash's theme · Rogue Squadron theme
Introduced in Episode I
droid march · "Duel of the Fates" · Qui-Gon · Jar Jar · Darth Maul · Anakin Skywalker (V) · Shmi
"The Flag Parade" · "Escape from Naboo" · "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 Empire at War
Advanced Recon Commandoes · Zann Consortium
Introduced in The Force Unleashed and The Old Republic
The Force Unleashed · Rahm Kota · Juno Eclipse · Redemption · the Commander · Valkorion · Aryn Leneer
Introduced in The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch
Admiral Yularen (V) · clones · Ahsoka Tano · Plo Koon · Padm茅 Amidala
Savage Opress · the Force (mystery) (IV) · Satine Kryze · Bad Batch
Rebels (VI) · Ezra Bridger · the Grand Inquisitor · "Glory of the Empire" (V) · Maul · Thrawn · Omega
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 · L3-37 (VI)
Introduced in Episode VII
Kylo Ren (V, V, VI, I, I, II, VII) · Rey (IV, V, VI, II, II, III, VII) · Poe Dameron · the Resistance · Snoke · "Jedi Steps"
"Adagio" · "Scherzo for X-Wings"
Introduced in Episode VIII
"The Rebellion Is Reborn" · Rose Tico · desperation (VI) · 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)
Introduced in Battlefront II, Jedi: Fallen Order, and Squadrons
Iden Versio's Theme · Cal Kestis · Second Sister · Eno Cordova · Main Theme
Introduced in The Freemaker Adventures, Galaxy's Edge, and LEGO Holiday Special
Main Title (Freemakers) · Symphonic Suite · "Tara's Theme" · "Pinteeka Dub" · "Age of Jedi" · connection
Introduced in The Mandalorian
Din Djarin (main theme) · Grogu · Gideon · Bo-Katan Kryze · Boba Fett II
See also: Songs
Real-world music
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)The Bad Batch
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
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
Angela MorleyJesi NelsonDanny PiccioneJohn PowellRyan ShoreJeremy SouleJoseph Trapanese
James L. VenablePaul WebbJohn WilliamsJoseph Williams
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
Bantha MusicChristmas in the StarsLapti Nek Dance RemixTusken MusicHeadspace
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