"Shmi's theme" is a short theatrical theme used to represent Shmi Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. It was written by John Williams and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in February 1999. It made only two appearances in the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Ultimate Edition soundtrack, one two minutes and twelve seconds into the track "Anakin Is Free" and the other three minutes into the same track. The motif is mainly composed of a single flute solo in the first occurrence and a French horn and clarinet duet during the second. It is homophonic, non-metrical, and is in a minor mode.
Conception and developmentEdit
Composer John Williams was chosen to write the score for the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, as had been the case for all three of the original trilogy films. He wrote "Shmi's theme" specifically to represent the character of Shmi Skywalker, mother of young Anakin Skywalker and slave to Watto on Tatooine. Williams used the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices to perform the score, which was written between October 1998 and February 1999 and recorded durign the month of February 1999 in England. However, only the orchestra was used in "Shmi's theme." The theme was released on the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Ultimate Edition soundtrack CD by Sony Classical on November 14, 2000. The album was also released on vinyl by "IAmShark" in 2013. On September 25, 2015, Sony Classical announced it would be releasing the The Phantom Menace soundtrack along with the other five films' soundtracks in three new sets: the Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection, the Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition, and the Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection on January 8, 2016.
The entire theme mainly comprises a single flute solo during its first appearance. The flute utilizes vibrato throughout the entire solo. The slow tempo and minor mode accent the melancholy scene. The solo is backed by quiet violins, and the harp plays small phrases throughout the piece. The motif is homophonic and non-metrical. During the theme's second and final appearance shortly thereafter, it is played as a French horn and clarinet duet.
The piece makes only two short appearances, one two minutes and twelve seconds into the track "Anakin Is Free" and the other three minutes into the same track on the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Ultimate Edition soundtrack. In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the theme appears exclusively in the scene when Anakin Skywalker makes his last farewell to his mother, Shmi Skywalker, before leaving a life of slavery on Tatooine.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Thaxton, Ford A.. Music Editor Ken Wannburg. Soundtrackmag.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2001. Retrieved on February 27, 2012.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Amazon.com: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (The Ultimate Star Wars Recording)(1999 Film): John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra: Music. Amazon.com (2011). Retrieved on April 4, 2011.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace OST 2xLP LIMITED. I Am Shark (2013). Retrieved on March 8, 2015.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ See individual film cast lists.
- Star Wars music on Wikipedia