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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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We all know married couples who have been together for decades that stand the test of time and remain the perfect match. Well, John Williams and Star Wars have been together for 42 years! Out of the twelve films of the series, only 2 were soundtracked by people other than Steven Spielberg’s favourite composer (he was replaced by Kevin Kiner for The Clone Wars in 2008 and by Michael Giacchino for 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). This rare sort of intimate relationship between a composer and their subject matter allows for a thorough use of leitmotif, a technique especially used in Star Wars. After so many years spent working with them, certain melodic phrases that characterise a particular person or decor eventually gain varying degrees of complexity and subtlety. This is the case with Rey’s Theme, which aficionados may or may not recognise in certain scenes of The Rise of Skywalker. For John Williams’ “ultimate contribution” to the Star Wars franchise, he has cleverly and covertly brought together all the themes associated with the main characters of the saga onto this soundtrack, from Leia to Yoda via Darth Vader.

In some scenes, Williams’ attitude appears to be that of an old friend who is rejoicing at the prospect of going back to characters that you may have lost track of over the years. Case in point: Lando Calrissian (played by Billy Dee Williams and who appeared for the first time in Episode V in 1980) makes his return, to the sound of a particularly joyous melody. This kind of friendly nod to fans lends the film a certain kind of humanity, where many would have considered it the product of pure consumerism. Of course, the majestic (Destiny of a Jedi), epic (Battle of the Resistance) and lyrical (The Force is With You) atmosphere reigns supreme and defines the essential dynamic of this music so iconic in today’s pop culture. This ninth film of the saga is a finale of sorts for John Williams, but The Rise of Skywalker also presented him with an unexpected debut: at 87 years old, he appears for the first time in one of the films with a cameo as Oma Tres, the bartender on planet Kijimi! © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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1
Fanfare and Prologue
00:04:34

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

2
Journey to Exegol
00:02:49

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

3
The Rise of Skywalker
00:04:18

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

4
The Old Death Star
00:03:16

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

5
The Speeder Chase
00:03:21

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

6
Destiny of a Jedi
00:05:12

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

7
Anthem of Evil
00:03:23

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

8
Fleeing from Kijimi
00:02:51

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

9
We Go Together
00:03:17

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

10
Join Me
00:03:42

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

11
They Will Come
00:02:50

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

12
The Final Saber Duel
00:03:57

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

13
Battle of the Resistance
00:02:51

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

14
Approaching the Throne
00:04:16

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

15
The Force Is with You
00:03:59

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

16
Farewell
00:05:14

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

17
Reunion
00:04:04

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

18
A New Home
00:01:47

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

19
Finale
00:10:51

John Williams, Composer, Conductor, Producer, MainArtist - Los Angeles Master Chorale, Choir - Sandy DeCrescent, Unknown, Other - Shawn Murphy, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Gershon, Unknown, Other - Ramiro Belgardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Patricia Sullivan, Unknown, Other - JoAnn Kane Music Service, Unknown, Other - Robert Wolff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Elyse Willis, Unknown, Other

℗ 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Album Description

We all know married couples who have been together for decades that stand the test of time and remain the perfect match. Well, John Williams and Star Wars have been together for 42 years! Out of the twelve films of the series, only 2 were soundtracked by people other than Steven Spielberg’s favourite composer (he was replaced by Kevin Kiner for The Clone Wars in 2008 and by Michael Giacchino for 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). This rare sort of intimate relationship between a composer and their subject matter allows for a thorough use of leitmotif, a technique especially used in Star Wars. After so many years spent working with them, certain melodic phrases that characterise a particular person or decor eventually gain varying degrees of complexity and subtlety. This is the case with Rey’s Theme, which aficionados may or may not recognise in certain scenes of The Rise of Skywalker. For John Williams’ “ultimate contribution” to the Star Wars franchise, he has cleverly and covertly brought together all the themes associated with the main characters of the saga onto this soundtrack, from Leia to Yoda via Darth Vader.

In some scenes, Williams’ attitude appears to be that of an old friend who is rejoicing at the prospect of going back to characters that you may have lost track of over the years. Case in point: Lando Calrissian (played by Billy Dee Williams and who appeared for the first time in Episode V in 1980) makes his return, to the sound of a particularly joyous melody. This kind of friendly nod to fans lends the film a certain kind of humanity, where many would have considered it the product of pure consumerism. Of course, the majestic (Destiny of a Jedi), epic (Battle of the Resistance) and lyrical (The Force is With You) atmosphere reigns supreme and defines the essential dynamic of this music so iconic in today’s pop culture. This ninth film of the saga is a finale of sorts for John Williams, but The Rise of Skywalker also presented him with an unexpected debut: at 87 years old, he appears for the first time in one of the films with a cameo as Oma Tres, the bartender on planet Kijimi! © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

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