The Throne Room is a theme written by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. After its first appearance in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, it was transformed into a leitmotif.

Use[edit | edit source]

In the movies[edit | edit source]

The Walton-esque piece is played during the medal ceremony at the end of Episode IV. John Williams develops it into a set of chromatic variations during the scene in Return of the Jedi in which the Rebel fleet takes off into hyperspace. A longer rendition was written and recorded later (heard on the Skywalker Symphony album). This extended version was also recorded for the album version of the end credits for Episode III.

On television[edit | edit source]

The theme is also played in The Star Wars Holiday Special by the end of the show along with archive footage from A New Hope.

In audio[edit | edit source]

As with the film, the theme was played during medal ceremony sequence in the radio version of the Star Wars story. The theme is also used in the audiobook adaptation of A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. Additionally, the book's narration seems to imply that the theme itself is in fact being played by musicians at the medal-awarding ceremony.

In Star Tours[edit | edit source]

A version of the theme was composed by John Williams for the Disneyland attraction Star Wars. The track was included on Disney's Legacy Collection release of themes from Disneyland attractions.

In non-canon[edit | edit source]

In the non-canon LEGO Star Wars special The Empire Strikes Out the theme is played at the end when Darth Sidious presents Darth Vader with a medal in front of a group of adoring fangirls. It is also used in the ending of the audiobook version of William Shakespeare's Star Wars (Verily, A New Hope).

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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 Princess Leia · Yoda · Lando Calrissian · Boba Fett

Recurring themes: "The Asteroid Field"

Introduced in Episode VI
Leitmotifs: Jabba the Hutt · Funeral · Ewoks · Luke and Leia · The Emperor

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
Leitmotifs: Conspiracy motif · Mystery motif · "Across the Stars" · The Republic · Palpatine's machinations motif

Themes: "The Meadow Picnic"

Introduced in Episode III
Leitmotifs: General Grievous · Sith mystery · "Anakin's Betrayal" (I, II) · "Anakin's Dark Deeds" (V, II, III) · "Battle of the Heroes"

Themes: "Padmé's Destiny" · "Padmé's Ruminations" (III)

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
Leitmotifs: Clone Wars victory · Ahsoka Tano · Padmé Amidala
Rebels · Ezra Bridger · The Grand Inquisitor · Maul · Thrawn

Diegetic music: Glory of the Empire (V)

Introduced in Anthology Series
Leitmotifs: Jyn Erso and Hope (IV) · Galactic Empire · Guardians of the Whills · messenger (IV) · Han Solo · Enfys Nest
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) · "Last-ditch fanfare" · 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 · 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
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Oga's Cantina: R3X's Playlist 1
Composers
Clint Bajakian · Peter Bernstein · Paul Dinletir · Michael Giacchino · Patrick Gleeson · Ludwig Göransson · Mark Griskey
Jesse Harlin · Jerry Hey · Chris Hülsbeck · 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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