- "The Emperor is gone. Everyone who held him dear needs to rally together to keep the Empire alive. There are things you know that could help in that regard."
"The Emperor enjoyed the Mantooine Minuet. Does that help?"
- ―Ivak seeks Mara Jade's help
The Mantooine Minuet was a piece of classical dance music. An innocuous piece of music, it passed review of the Imperial Board of Culture outright and was favored by Galactic Emperor Palpatine. Following the Emperor's death in 4 ABY, Emperor's Hand Mara Jade was captured by Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard. Upon interrogation, Jade, who had identified herself as a dancer in the Imperial court, claimed that the Emperor enjoyed the Mantooine Minuet as a way of appearing obtuse about her real role.
Behind the scenesEdit
Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole created the Mantooine Minuet for Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand 3, a comic book published by Dark Horse Comics in 1998. It later received a mention in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, published in 2008. In 2014, the Mantooine Minuet was mentioned in the second installment of Slugthrowers: An Overview of Popular Music and Musicians in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, an article written by Edward M. Erdelac and published on the StarWars.com Blog. In reality, a minuet is a partner dance originating in France.
- Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand 3 (First mentioned)