Obi-Wan Kenobi Theme Song: Listen to John Williams’ new epic track

Director Deborah Chow called Williams’ subject matter “magical” and an instant classic. Listen here.

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen aren’t the only Star Wars icons returning to a galaxy far, far away.

Legendary composer John Williams has unveiled his long-awaited theme song for the Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is streaming now. While composer Natalie Holt is conducting the score for the Obi-Wan series, Williams wrote the title track in less than two weeks between Indiana Jones 5 and Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans.

The four-minute title track, “Obi-Wan,” begins tentatively before building into big, sweeping strings that build to a teasing climax. Undercurrents of a darker Darth Vader theme chase the main scales, with nods to the iconic original “Star Wars” theme for which he won an Oscar in 1978.

“[Williams] really wanted to write this topic because [Obi-Wan Kenobi] was the only character he didn’t write the theme for in the original film,” series composer Holt previously said. “I think he had two weeks and he came on board and wrote the ‘Obi’ theme and a suite, that’s the main title, and then a few variations on how the Obi theme can work. That’s what he had time to give to the project and it was just a gift. It’s so perfect and in a way when I had this obi theme it set the tent poles for the project.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi continues 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, in which Obi-Wan (McGregor) is hiding from the Dark Lord (Christensen) in Tatooine and observing a young Luke Skywalker holding the key to save the galaxy. Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Benny Safdie, Kumail Nanjiani, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Rupert Friend round out the cast.

Williams performed the “Obi-Wan” theme song live during the “Star Wars” celebration on May 26th. During the showcase, Obi-Wan Kenobi director Deborah Chow said the Disney+ series was “incredibly lucky” to be collaborating with Williams.

“For me, ‘Star Wars’ and John Williams, it wouldn’t be the same without him,” Chow said via Comic Book Resources. “It’s so inextricably linked, and emotionally too, it’s ‘Star Wars’ with John Williams, so we were just so grateful. We heard it recorded live with an orchestra and I think it was so emotional for everyone. It immediately felt very classic where it felt like it always has been. So actually hearing that was pretty magical.”

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