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Rebel Fanfare is a musical motif that represents the Rebel Alliance. 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

Leitmotifs and themes
Introduced in Episode IV
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
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)
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
Danny PiccioneJohn PowellRyan ShoreJeremy SouleJoseph TrapaneseJames L. VenablePaul Webb
John 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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