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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

John Williams

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When the first Star Wars film came out 40 years ago, film-maker George Lucas showed real nerve when he chose a strongly symphonic colour for the soundtrack, and picked out a composer who knew his classics (and his Wagner in particular). At the time, early electronic music was almost compulsory in science-fiction films. In 2017, the presence of John Williams in the opening credits of a Star Wars film doesn't have quite the same audacious feeling, and the thrill the audience feels when the prologue starts to roll derives mostly from the legendary status of both the music and its octogenarian writer. It has been asserted that in fact the real "last Jedi" in the film is John Williams! All the same, upon the release of this eighth episode, some voices have been raised (critic Michel Ciment's in particular) to insist that John Williams has served his time and that he should give way to a younger composer. But rather than getting bogged down in the question of "the age of the captain", we should look at the important thing: the score for this eighth work is very interesting. In particular, it shows up a fascinating dichotomy between the archetypal nature of the musical themes (very clearly illustrating a character or concept) and Williams's extremely subtle way of developing them, to say nothing of his indisputable skill with orchestration. Beyond the many epic pieces on this soundtrack, (The Battle of Crait, The Fathiers, etc.), special mention must go to the majestic Ahch-To Island, which sees a "retired" Luke Skywalker who wants to live out the rest of his days in peace and serenity. Moreover, listeners will be pleasantly surprised to find, nestled away within this remarkably written and well-controlled score, Canto Bight, a jazzy theme with a South American flavour (which at points pastiches Brazil), with a steel drum section! This is a piece which proves that John Williams is fully at ease with all musical genres and all orchestral colours. © NM / Qobuz

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1
Main Title and Escape (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:07:25

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

2
Ahch-To Island (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:04:22

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

3
Revisiting Snoke (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:28

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

4
The Supremacy (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:04:00

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

5
Fun With Finn and Rose (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:02:33

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

6
Old Friends (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:04:28

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

7
The Rebellion Is Reborn (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:59

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

8
Lesson One (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:02:09

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

9
Canto Bight (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:02:37

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Ary Barroso, Composer - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

10
Who Are You? (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:04

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

11
The Fathiers (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:02:42

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

12
The Cave (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:02:59

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

13
The Sacred Jedi Texts (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:32

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

14
A New Alliance (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:13

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

15
“Chrome Dome” (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:02:01

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

16
The Battle of Crait (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:06:47

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

17
The Spark (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:35

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

18
The Last Jedi (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:03

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

19
Peace and Purpose (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:03:06

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

20
Finale (From "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"/Score)
00:08:28

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Ross, Conductor - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JoAnn Kane Music Services, Unknown, Other - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Album Description

When the first Star Wars film came out 40 years ago, film-maker George Lucas showed real nerve when he chose a strongly symphonic colour for the soundtrack, and picked out a composer who knew his classics (and his Wagner in particular). At the time, early electronic music was almost compulsory in science-fiction films. In 2017, the presence of John Williams in the opening credits of a Star Wars film doesn't have quite the same audacious feeling, and the thrill the audience feels when the prologue starts to roll derives mostly from the legendary status of both the music and its octogenarian writer. It has been asserted that in fact the real "last Jedi" in the film is John Williams! All the same, upon the release of this eighth episode, some voices have been raised (critic Michel Ciment's in particular) to insist that John Williams has served his time and that he should give way to a younger composer. But rather than getting bogged down in the question of "the age of the captain", we should look at the important thing: the score for this eighth work is very interesting. In particular, it shows up a fascinating dichotomy between the archetypal nature of the musical themes (very clearly illustrating a character or concept) and Williams's extremely subtle way of developing them, to say nothing of his indisputable skill with orchestration. Beyond the many epic pieces on this soundtrack, (The Battle of Crait, The Fathiers, etc.), special mention must go to the majestic Ahch-To Island, which sees a "retired" Luke Skywalker who wants to live out the rest of his days in peace and serenity. Moreover, listeners will be pleasantly surprised to find, nestled away within this remarkably written and well-controlled score, Canto Bight, a jazzy theme with a South American flavour (which at points pastiches Brazil), with a steel drum section! This is a piece which proves that John Williams is fully at ease with all musical genres and all orchestral colours. © NM / Qobuz

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