The Meadow Picnic

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"The Meadow Picnic" is a theatrical motif written by John Williams for the score for the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and its respective soundtrack. The theme is used to represent Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala's picnic on the planet Naboo. The motif was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The theme is in the key of C major, has a tempo of 50 bpm, and has a time signature of 6/8. In total, the piece lasts four minutes and fourteen seconds.

Conception and developmentEdit

John Williams wrote the musical score for the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones,[6] as had been the case for the four previous Star Wars films.[7] He used the London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices to perform the music. Only the orchestra was used for "The Meadow Picnic", the motif used to represent the romantic picnic Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala had on the planet of Naboo.[1] The Attack of the Clones soundtrack was released on CD April 23, 2002[2] and as an MP3 download on May 16, 2002.[3]


The motif starts off with slow, legato phrase by the violins, harp, and wind chimes, which is followed by a similar phrase played by the oboe. The flute then comes in with the theme's most prevalent melody. This is accented by short harp notes and chordal notes from the low strings. The melody is then repeated by the oboe. [1]


In the soundtracksEdit

AOTC music book

Attack of the Clones music book

The motif makes two appearances in the Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones soundtrack. It is first featured at the beginning of the sixth track "Anakin and Padmé". The theme's main appearance is in it's own self-titled number eight track.[1]

In the moviesEdit

The piece appears only in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. It makes two appearances in the film, one during the picnic on Naboo..[4]

In other merchandiseEdit

The theme's sheet music appears in the Attack of the Clones music book from Bantha Music. The book was released for the following instruments and editions: trumpet, piano, easy piano, clarinet, tenor sax, and alto sax.[5] It was also featured in the Star Wars Episodes I, II & III Instrumental Solos music book which was released for the following instruments and ensembles: piano and easy piano.[8]

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Compositions and motifs
Introduced in Episode I
"Duel of the Fates" · "Anakin's Theme" · "Qui-Gon's Theme"
"Funeral Theme" · "Droid Invasion Theme" · "Jar Jar's Theme"
"Darth Maul's Motif" · "Shmi's theme" · "The Arrival at Tatooine" · "Escape from Naboo" · "The Flag Parade"
Introduced in Episode II
"Across the Stars" · "Separatist Theme" · "Kamino motif" · "Mourning Theme" · "The Arena"
"Republic Motif" · "Jango's Escape" · "Bounty Hunter's Pursuit" · "The Meadow Picnic"
Introduced in Episode III
"Battle of the Heroes" · "General Grievous's theme"
"Anakin's Betrayal" · "Padmé's Destiny" · "Padmé's Ruminations"
"Immolation theme" · "Mystery of the Sith motif" · "Anakin's Dark Deeds"
Introduced in Episode IV
"Star Wars Main Title" · "Princess Leia's Theme" · "Rebel Fanfare" · "The Throne Room" · "Binary Sunset"
"Imperial motif" · "Death Star motif" · "Jawa Theme" · "Here They Come!" · "The Final Battle" · "Tusken Raider Theme"
Introduced in Episode V
"The Imperial March" · "Han Solo and the Princess" · "Yoda's Theme" · "Droids motif" · "Boba Fett's motif"
"Lando's Palace" · "Betrayal at Bespin motif" · "The Asteroid Field"
Introduced in Episode VI
"Parade of the Ewoks" · "The Forest Battle" · "Jabba's Theme" · "The Emperor's Theme" · "Luke and Leia"
"Victory Celebration" · "Yoda's Revelation" · "Jabba the Hutt" · "Ewok Celebration"
Introduced in Episode VII
"Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village" · "I Can Fly Anything" · "Rey's Theme" · "Han and Leia"
"March of the Resistance" · "Snoke"
Introduced in The Clone Wars
"Ahsoka's Triumphant Theme" · "Padmé's Theme" · "Clone Wars Victory Theme" · "Ahsoka's Theme"
Introduced in Shadows of the Empire
"Xizor's Theme" · "Dash's theme"
Introduced in The Force Unleashed
"Kota's Theme" · "Force Unleashed Theme" · "Juno Eclipse's Theme" · "Redemption Theme"
Introduced in Rogue Squadron
"Rogue Squadron Main Title"

Real-world music
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope · The Empire Strikes Back · Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens · Rogue One: A Star Wars Story · Ewoks · The Clone Wars · The Clone Wars Seasons 1–6
Shadows of the Empire · Republic Commando · Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic II · Forces of Corruption · The Force Unleashed
The Force Unleashed II · The Old Republic
Original Soundtrack Anthology · Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection
Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition · Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection
John Williams · Joel McNeely · Clint Bajakian · Peter Bernstein · Jesse Harlin · Mark Griskey · Frank Klepacki
Jeremy Soule · Joseph Williams · Jerry Hey · Kevin Kiner · Michael Giacchino · Chris Hülsbeck · Alexandre Desplat
London Symphony Orchestra · London Voices
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra · Maurice Murphy · Royal Scottish National Orchestra
New London Children's Choir · Seattle Sinfonia Orchestra
Sheet music books
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
Music from the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition · Selections from Star Wars
Star Wars: A Musical Journey: Episodes I-VI · Star Wars Episodes I, II & III Instrumental Solos
Star Wars for Beginning Piano Solo
Music Videos
"Lapti Nek" The Music Video from Jabba's Palace · The Duel of the Fates · A Hero Falls
Bantha Music · Christmas in the Stars · Tusken Music · Headspace

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