The four notes that conclude "Anakin's Theme" are nearly identical to the opening few notes of "The Imperial March", sharing pitches, intervals, and contour, and differing only in rhythm (and only slightly at that) and character ("Anakin's Theme", of course, doesn't have the ominous power that "The Imperial March" has).
This connection is made very clear during the end credits of The Phantom Menace, in which John Williams repeats those last few notes several times in a row, as if to say, "In case you missed the foreshadowing, here it is again!" This can be heard in the YouTube video below around 7:45.
5/14/2015 08:46:24 am
There are several things I enjoy about this piece. It constantly moves between major and minor tonality, which is quite effective for contrasting the innocence of Anakin as a boy with the foreshadowed life as a Sith Lord. As well, the piece ultimately resolves to the instruments playing a perfect fifth, so no major or minor harmony is implied, which is quite intriguing.
11/3/2017 02:51:40 pm
Exactly. I too love John William and his use of motifs and theory clues and noticed the Imperial March subtly suggested in end piece of Anakin's Theme. Im dissappointed such a horrible film had such great piece of music.
11/3/2017 02:55:27 pm
Oh and Yoda's theme. Another beautiful piece of music. Listening to the full pieces that aren't always featured in the films is amazing. I admit Im total SW nerd but also music theory nerd/classical guitar and love the analysis of his music so nice to find this site.
9/7/2018 10:20:56 am
I absolutely love Princess Leia's theme. I love how it grows and soars with the french horn. Not to mention how important the lower end of the orchestra almost pulses with it and they all just have a really full sound and amazing orchestra. It is really one of my favorites in the whole series.
9/11/2022 07:48:40 pm
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The Music of Star Wars
These posts will help focus and develop my analyses of John Williams' film scores.