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Tabernacle Choir Releases Epic Duel of the Fates Star Wars Video

Tabernacle Choir Releases Epic “Duel of the Fates” Star Wars Video

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released a new video Thursday highlighting their performance of “Duel of the Fates.” The song was originally written by legendary composer John Williams for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The music video was directed by Devin Graham.  You can get this song on the Tabernacle Choir’s latest CD here.

Legendary film composer John Williams wrote the music for each of the nine Star Wars saga films, spanning more than forty years from 1977 to 2019. For Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Williams composed “Duel of the Fates” for orchestra and chorus, accompanying a climactic lightsaber duel. The words are a fragment of an ancient Welsh poem that Williams had translated into Sanskrit—he then rearranged the syllables himself to make the text essentially meaningless, while still retaining a forceful chant-like power. He intended the choral singing itself to give the scene an explicitly religious feel, as if it were a ceremony of some kind. “Duel of the Fates” went on to become a defining musical feature of the prequel trilogy, a symbol of the saga’s broad focus on the cosmic struggle between darkness and light.

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