This track is rather different from what's heard in the film. It'll take another viewing (I'm going for the third time on Saturday) to establish exactly what's the same and what's different. For now, italics mean not used in the film.
0:00-0:22 incidental high harp (reminds me of his music for Home Alone), as children are playing
0:22-0:30 Main theme, A major, harp, 1st phrase only
0:30-0:38 incidental low strings
0:38-1:05 Force theme, flute then strings, all 4 phrases, g minor, as one of the children casually uses the force to grab a broom and starts sweeping the floor
1:05-1:52 End credits: Main theme interspersed with the Rebel fanfare, C major
1:52-2:03 Rose's theme, horn and strings, D-flat major to F major
2:03-2:16 Rose's theme, horn & flute, F major
2:16-2:34 Rose's secondary theme
2:34-2:42 Rose's primary theme, strings & horn, F major
2:42-2:57 Leia's theme, piano, A-flat major (corresponding to dedication on screen)
After Leia's theme, there are major discrepancies between the film and soundtrack. I'm not convinced what we hear on the soundtrack is actually heard in the film, though it very well might be. But, I suspect the music heard in the movie is actually lifted from another cue on the soundtrack.
2:57-3:06 Last-Ditch fanfare, a minor, flute and brass
3:06-3:21 Sarabande, a minor, horns, both phrases
3:21-3:36 Sarabande, a minor, flute, both phrases
3:36-3:44 Last-ditch Fanfare, trumpets, first phrase only
3:44-3:52 Incidental (?) horn. Is this a theme new to The Last Jedi that I've somehow missed? Is it heard elsewhere in the soundtrack? Please comment if anybody out there knows...
3:52-4:01 March of the Resistance, horn, B-flat minor
4:01-4:13 Rose's theme, E-flat major, horn
In the movie, between Rose's theme (above) and the rebel fanfare (below), Ren's Power motive is heard. Since this is absent from the soundtrack, some editing was required.
4:13-4:20 Rebel Fanfare, trumpets
4:20-4:29 Rey's melody, D minor, horn, 1st and 2nd phrases
4:40-5:30 Yoda's (primary and secondary) theme, horn & cellos, C major
5:30-5:48 intense incidental music
5:48-6:00 Admiral Holdo's theme, horn, a minor
6:00-6:10 Holdo's theme, trumpet, C# minor
6:10-6:26 Holdo's theme, horn, e minor
6:26-6:40 Desperation motive, constantly changing tonalities, strings x4 then horn x4 then trumpets x4
6:40-6:45 Rey's melody, horn, d minor, 1st phrase only
6:45-6:56 what is this theme? I've heard it throughout the soundtrack, but I'm still not sure what it is. Again, anybody reading this, feel free to comment with ideas!
6:56-7:11 TIE Fighter Attack
7:11-7:19 Rebel Fanfare, brass
7:19-7:27 TIE Fighter Attack
In the film, the TIE attack is heard three times interspersed with two rebel fanfares. As documented above, the soundtrack only features two TIE attacks with one rebel fanfare in between. Obviously, there's some editing going on, but it'll be impossible to determine exactly what's happened until I can get my hands on the DVD of the new film to compare carefully.
7:27-7:46 Rey's melody, B-flat minor, flute &horn, 1st & 2nd & 3rd phrases
7:46-8:02 Rey's Regal motive, B-flat minor, strings x3
8:02-8:27 Rey's Chime motive, celeste, B-flat minor
0:20-1:05 Force theme, strings and flute, g minor, all 4 phrases. Luke dies during the 3rd and 4th phrases.
1:05-1:10 incidental pensive cello
1:10-1:29 Ren's Power motive, a minor, trombone, march-like
1:29-1:39 Ren's Wannabe motive, brass, superimposed on strings playing his Brooding motive, both in A minor, as Rey and the resistance escape on the Falcon
1:56-2:16 Poe's theme, flute, quietly (only time Poe's theme is heard on soundtrack) as Rey and Poe meet for first time
2:16-2:36 Rey's Melody (english horn, 1st and 2nd phrases) superimposed with Force theme (flute, 1st phrase only). Rey: “Luke is gone.”
2:36-2:50 Force theme, oboe and flute, 1st and 2nd phrases, a minor
2:50-3:05 Rebel fanfare x2
0:00-0:34 Incidental. Is any of this heard in the film?
0:34-0:51 Force theme, 1st and 2nd phrases, horn , d minor. Luke: “Everything you said was wrong.”
0:51-1:50 incidental choir as Rey lifts the rocks to free the Resistance
1:50-2:07 Ren's power motive, horn with tremolo strings, both phrases (the latter in octaves), as Ren attempts to kill Luke
2:07-3:02 incidental. Choir and string triplets, horn calls at end, as Ren discovers Luke's deception and Luke collapses from exertion
0:00-0:27 incidental, low brass and strings in tenths
0:27-0:49 incidental music, some of which reminds me of that heard right before Han's death in The Force Awakens
0:49-0:59 Force theme, e minor, horn, 1st phrase only
0:59-1:53 Luke and Leia, cellos, E major, as Leia and Luke's force ghost converse and hold hands (but I thought Luke, as a ghost, couldn't physically touch anything – that's why Luke's and Ren's lightsabers never touch during their battle...)
1:53-2:03 incidental poignant strings
2:03-2:17 Han Solo and the Princess, viola?
2:17-2:33 incidental do-so-me-do motive (heard in trailer) as Luke's Force ghost heads out to face Ren.
0:00-0:17 Force theme, solo horn with string accompaniment, C# minor, 1st and 2nd phrases
0:17-0:26 Resistance March, trombone, B-flat minor
0:26-0:32 Resistance March, trombone, F minor
0:32-0:48 “Battle of Hoth”-like incidental music
0:48-1:00 Rose's theme, horn with trumpet interjections, B-flat major to D Major
1:00-1:10 Incidental. What's that horn from 1:03-1:10 mean? Is it where we see the battering ram for the first time?
1:10-1:22 Resistance March, strings and trombones, B-flat minor
1:22-1:32 Rose's theme, abbreviated, horn, E-flat major to G major, as the resistance launches their defense
1:32-1:48 Incidental. Key change from D minor to E minor at 1:47. Does the key change coincide with the scene change from the Resistance to the First Order?
1:48-1:53 Ren's Power motive (missing he raised 4th – is that significant?), e minor, as he orders the attack
1:53-2:57 Intense incidental battle music, constantly changing keys
2:57-3:04 Rebel Fanfare, trumpets, as the Millennium Falcon saves the day
3:04-3:13 Rey's melody, d minor, horn, 1st and 2nd phrases, as we see Rey in the Falcon
3:20-3:25 Desperation motive, horn x4 with trumpet interjections, C# minor,
3:25-3:31 Desperation motive, trumpet x4, G minor
3:31-3:34 Rey's melody, 1st phrase only, horn, d minor,
3:34-3:46 Incidental, brass in octaves
3:46-3:54 TIE Fighter attack
3:55-4:03 Rebel Fanfare, brass
4:03-4:15 TIE Fighter attack
4:15-4:23 Rebel Fanfare, brass
4:23-4:31 TIE Fighter attack (this one not heard in film)
4:31-4:56 Incidental, scary incidental low brass (not heard in film)
4:56-5:01 Desperation motive x4, different instrument and key each time
5:02-5:50 Incidental battle music
5:50-6:09 incidental traumatized strings (reminds me of immolation scene from Revenge of the Sith)
6:09-6:48 + choir as Finn continues his attack despite Poe's orders otherwise
The Music of Star Wars
These posts will help focus and develop my analyses of John Williams' film scores.