There’s no one reason why Star Wars remains as popular today as it was on the original’s release 40 years ago. You could point to the timeless story of good vs. evil, the world-building, or the well-developed characters. Truthfully, it’s a blend of all of this, mixed with exciting action, tense drama, and, of course, the music.
John Williams’s score is one of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history. There’s no doubt his work helped propel the franchise deep into our cultural psyche. Even his work on the prequel trilogy stands out as a high point, especially 'Duel of the Fates' from The Phantom Menace. Like all Star Wars music, it’s instantly recognizable and epic in scope, and one of the standout pieces of Williams’s career. Now, you can hear it as you’ve never heard it before.
In a new video on The Warp Zone, a group of eight vocalists perform an a cappella version of 'Duel of the Fates'. Dressed in Jedi attire, the eight add a new dimension to the theme, showcasing the staying power of the piece nearly two decades after it debuted.
Star Wars a cappellas are nothing new, of course. Last year, The Tonight Show released an a cappella medley of classic Star Wars music performed by host Jimmy Fallon, his house band The Roots, and the cast of The Force Awakens. That, too, was a powerful showcase of Williams’s compositional skill, that highlighted the best his scores have to offer.
Where this one differs is that all the vocalists are trained singers. Last year’s a cappella, suffered slightly from the fact that it’s obvious not everyone involved is a professional vocalist. In the hands of these eight, however, the power of 'Duel of the Fates' remains intact.
Though released in conjunction with this week’s release of Rogue One, it’s worth noting that the latest Star Wars movie is the first film to be scored by someone besides Williams. Michael Giacchino (Doctor Strange) has what might be the most unenviable job in film score history, and while what we’ve heard from the upcoming score certainly owes a debt to the work of Williams, he’ll certainly be making Rogue One his own.
As this video shows, even Williams's work in lesser Star Wars movies is worthy of praise and acclaim. With a new era of the franchise now dawning, this is a great reminder of what came before, what makes the series great, and inspires a whole new excitement for whatever might be waiting just over the horizon.
Source: The Warp Zone
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