Excerpts from "Return to Tatooine"
John Williams and the London Voices/London Symphony Orchestra
I believe that this excerpt is one of the most underrated score pieces from any Star Wars movie - and this is why.
The excerpt begins with the “ominous filler theme” which is trademark to Attack of the Clones and then, through a series of harmonic sequences, seamlessly slips into “Obi-Wan’s Theme/The Force” - which was used largely in the Classic Trilogy to set the stage for the age of the Jedi. It’s used in great moments from Luke Skywalker and his Jedi training. Like father like son, right? Wrong. The theme continues as Anakin says his goodbyes to Padme and it reaches its peak as Anakin turns from Padme towards the speeder. A sign that he is going to be a hero. But as he mounts the bike, “Luke’s Theme" is left unresolved. The very fact that this theme is left unresolved leaves the listener uncomfortable (on so many different levels) and on the edge of their seat. And the fact that this happens as he mounts the bike, tells us that despite his good intentions, Anakin is making the wrong decision.
Instead of its usual decent from the peak of the theme to the cadence, we are given an unexpected modulation. Again, raising the tensions in the story and in Anakin’s character. I cannot stress enough how ingenious it is that the theme ends (incomplete) with an ascent instead of a descent. From this upward modulation, the listener should be surprised to hear "Duel of Fates” - a reprise from its first appearance in Episode I.
“Duel of the Fates”. This is the song Star Wars fans have come to associate with the great battle between good and evil. Jedi vs. Sith. (I can’t help but play the Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul battle in my head as it plays). But Anakin is not battling anyone… except himself. By making the decision to leave, Anakin has sparked his own downfall.
This excerpt is a testament to Anakin’s inner turmoil. It shows us the good and bad. It shows his fear taking hold of him and turning into anger.
Basically - John Williams is a freaking genius.