Track: “Duel Of The Fates”
Composer: John Williams
Picture: Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
Release Date: 1999
“It’s indescribable, how he elevates every scene. He’s got to understand the emotion of the scene, the dynamics of whatever conflict we’re trying to portray, as deeply as an actor does. In a way, that’s even more complex. As an actor, you’re only one person, one instrument in the orchestra. He’s the entire cast.” — Mark Hamill
In celebration of John William’s 40th Anniversary appearance at The Hollywood Bowl, we present a short tribute to some of the legendary composer’s finest concert and studio recording pieces.
What makes John Williams a unique tour de force is not only how he crafts memorable film music, but also how he continually tops himself in long running film series. Four movies into George Lucas’ “Star Wars,” Williams once again raised the bar with the epic “Duel Of The Fates,” a stirring orchestral choral piece in the vein of the scenic cantata of Carl Orff.