Privateer Barbossa is a musical theme composed by Hans Zimmer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It appeared as a track on the film's complete soundtrack.

Track DescriptionEdit

Privateer Barbossa Sample
Privateer Barbossa Sample

Beckett's leitmotif and Barbossa's new theme, as heard in "Privateer Barbossa".

The track opens with a light statement of Barbossa's new theme, followed by a reprise of the three note figure used to represent Lord Cutler Beckett in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, played on a quavering low register, before a more prominent statement of Privateer Barbossa's theme on the harpsichord. The track ends with a building string crescendo.

The track plays during Hector Barbossa's entrance and the following conversation between him and Jack Sparrow in St. James's Palace. As true to the theme name, Barbossa was then introduced no longer as a pirate, but a Privateer on behalf of the Crown of Great Britain.


  • This track is also known as "Barbossa's Entrance" from the alternative track listing.
  • This is the first reprisal of Beckett's three note leitmotif, which is adapted as the British theme for On Stranger Tides.
  • This is the first appearance of the theme for Barbossa as a privateer, also adapted from Beckett's suite from the Sountrack Treasures Collection. However, that particular theme was not used in any of the films prior to On Stranger Tides.


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