Princess Leia’s theme

Princess Leia had her own theme in the first Star Wars film, but we’ll always associate her — and by association Carrie Fisher — with the love theme from The Empire Strikes Back. The fact that John Williams borrowed it from Tchaikovsky’s 1878 Violin Concerto in D Major only adds to its magic, for Williams was, like the Correllian smuggler, a scoundrel.

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Actress and author Carrie Fisher will certainly be called “Hollywood royalty” in her obituaries over the next few days, as she was the daughter of singer Eddie Fischer and actress Debbie Reynolds. She will always be Princess Leia to those of us who grew up on stories from “A long time ago and a galaxy far, far away…”

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