- "Rey, her theme has a musical grammar that is not heroic in the sense of a hero's theme. It's kind of an adventure theme that maybe promises more than resolving itself in the most major triumphant resolutions."
- ―John Williams
Conception and developmentEdit
"Rey's Theme" is the musical leitmotif that represents Rey, the central character of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. It was composed and conducted for the film by John Williams. When Williams saw the film and began composing the music, he felt empathy towards Rey, as she is first introduced alone and without her family. He wanted the theme to illustrate that empathy that he felt towards her. Williams composed the theme with a musical grammar that was intended more as an adventure theme rather than a hero's theme, one that promises more adventure and resolution to come.
Led by strings and woodwinds, "Rey's Theme" is a mysterious five-segment piece with a core leitmotif of quickly alternating notes played by various instruments such as solo flute. The theme's first part is comprised of ten notes which are repeated, transitioning into a second part consisting of seven notes. The third part of the piece is the 12 note main motif of "Rey's Theme," and parts four and five conclude the piece, returning to the seven and ten note melodies.
In the moviesEdit
In Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, "Rey's Theme" is first introduced as Rey exits a crashed Star Destroyer and speeds across the deserts of Jakku. It continues into a number of other songs from the film, including "The Scavenger," when Rey is first introduced; "Farewell and The Trip," as Rey arrives on Ahch-To to find Luke Skywalker; and "The Jedi Steps and Finale," in the end credits. The theme later appeared in the teaser trailer for the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.
In other media and merchandiseEdit
Outside of the film, "Rey's Theme" appears in the video game LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it will also appear in the upcoming video game Star Wars Battlefront II. Additionally, an upbeat version of the theme is used as introductory music for The Star Wars Show.
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