Celebrating Star Wars Themes, Part 5 of 6: Across the Stars — 3 Comments

  1. This a fantastic theme that Williams created for the series; it reminds me of the Han-Leia love theme that dominates “The Empire Strikes Back,” in that it is a malleable theme that can be used in a number of different ways through the film. I really like the swelling use of it at the end, leading into the credits, as it gives a strong sense that this is the ‘end of an era’ in a way. Beautiful. Thanks for taking time to help me appreciate this wonderful piece all the more!

  2. I love this theme and I think it’s great how you analyzed how it works within the film and the similarities to other themes. It’s no surprise that it is similar to other of his themes. He does that a lot.
    I wrote an analysis but focused on the melody, harmony and orchestration. This is the link if you want to check it out:


  3. I find there are also similarities between “Across the Stars” in intervallic content and melodic contour with “Leia’s theme.” Both Luke’s and Leia’s theme bear a resemblance to their parents theme, but less resemblance to each other. A wonderfully sophisticated “family” of themes.

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