John Williams' score for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park has been released. Few composers for cinema have achieved the iconic status that Williams has, and throughout his extensive career, the 87-year-old musician has created some of the most timeless pieces of music to accompany some of the greatest films ever made.
In fact, it’s arguable that in some cases, Williams’ scores are perhaps even more recognizable than the films they were made for. Not everyone may have seen the Star Wars, Indiana Jones or Jaws films, but their scores are instantly recognizable, regardless of knowledge of characters or plots. It’s fair to say that the slow, eerie plodding of the Jaws theme or the blast of horns that announces the start of every Star Wars film are, by now, wedged firmly in pop culture’s past, present, and future. There truly is no overstating the value of Williams’ musical contributions to cinema in the six decades during which he’s been composing.
All that being said, Williams’ talents have been utilized beyond the silver screen as well. With the opening of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction just a matter of weeks away, CBR has pointed out that William’s theme for the much anticipated park is now available to stream online or purchase through Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Music. This isn’t the first chance that the public has had to hear the new track, however, with Disney having unveiled it at last month’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. You can check out the full composition below:
Of the two Star Wars additions coming to Disney’s theme parks in the coming months, the aforementioned Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in Disneyland on May 31 (which is actually ahead of schedule), with the second Galaxy’s Edge attraction opening in Disney World on August 29. To date, Disney appears to have done all it can short of flying in Ewoks from Endor to make everything about the attraction a Star Wars fan’s dream come true. The park is set in the time period between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and with the sounds of Williams accompanying everything Star Wars, it really is looking as though Galaxy’s Edge will maintain the intrigue and adventure that the Star Wars franchise is known for.
As for Williams, however, despite a lengthy working relationship with the franchise, this most recent composition, as well as his work on the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will see the five time Oscar-winning composer officially retire from the Star Wars universe. It’s a shame to say goodbye to such a talented and essential element to the franchise, but fans can take comfort in knowing that with his legacy of nine films, Star Wars would have never been the same without the inimitable John Williams.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019