Star Wars: The Last Jedi (soundtrack)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Film score by
ReleasedDecember 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
RecordedDecember 2016–June 2017
StudioSony Pictures Studios
GenreSoundtrack
Length77:31
LabelWalt Disney
ProducerJohn Williams
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film score to the 2017 film of the same name composed and conducted by John Williams. The album was released by Walt Disney Records on December 15, 2017 in digipak CD, Jewel case CD, digital formats, and streaming services.[1]

Overview[edit]

In July 2013, Kathleen Kennedy announced at Star Wars Celebration Europe that John Williams would return to score the Star Wars sequel trilogy.[2][3] Williams confirmed his assignment for The Last Jedi at a Tanglewood concert in August 2016,[4] stating he would begin recording the score "off and on" in December 2016 until March or April 2017.[5] On February 21, 2017, it was confirmed that recording was underway, with both Williams and William Ross conducting the sessions.[6][7] In lieu of a traditional spotting session with director Rian Johnson, Williams was provided a temp track of music from his previous film scores as a reference for scoring The Last Jedi.[8]

Track listing[edit]

The score introduces several new themes interwoven throughout the film, including identities for the character Rose Tico, the interactions between Rey and Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To Island, and the Resistance's desperate escape from the First Order.

The score also reprises numerous themes and motifs introduced in The Force Awakens, including those for the characters of Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, and Snoke, as well as the "March of the Resistance". Themes introduced in the original trilogy return as well, including "Luke's Theme", "Leia's Theme", "The Rebel Fanfare", the "Force Theme" and a small quote of the "Death Star motif" from A New Hope; "Yoda's Theme", "The Imperial March", and "Han Solo and the Princess" from The Empire Strikes Back; and, "Luke and Leia" and "The Emperor's Theme" from Return of the Jedi. Excerpts of the "TIE Fighter Attack" cue, first heard in A New Hope and reprised for Return of the Jedi, are also included.[9] "The Emperor's Theme" is the only returning theme to not be included within the official soundtrack presentation (it was later made accessible through the digital "music only" version of the film); it occurs in the film when Snoke tortures Rey for information.

The score briefly quotes "Aquarela do Brasil" by Ary Barroso in its "Canto Bight" track as a reference to the 1985 Terry Gilliam film Brazil. It also contains a brief quote of Williams's own theme for The Long Goodbye (co-composed by Johnny Mercer) during Finn and Rose's escape, although this was not included in the official soundtrack release.[10]

On March 13, the digital release of The Last Jedi came with an exclusive "music only" version of the film, which features the film's complete score without any dialogue or sound effects to interfere. The complete score contains the music from every single scene of the film, and features over 70 minutes of previously unreleased music.

All tracks written by John Williams.

No.TitleLength
1."Main Title and Escape"7:25
2."Ahch-To Island"4:22
3."Revisiting Snoke"3:28
4."The Supremacy"4:00
5."Fun with Finn and Rose"2:33
6."Old Friends"4:28
7."The Rebellion is Reborn"3:59
8."Lesson One"2:09
9."Canto Bight" (Includes excerpt of "Aquarela do Brasil" by Ary Barroso)2:37
10."Who Are You?"3:04
11."The Fathiers"2:42
12."The Cave"2:59
13."The Sacred Jedi Texts"3:32
14."A New Alliance"3:13
15."Chrome Dome"2:01
16."The Battle of Crait"6:47
17."The Spark"3:35
18."The Last Jedi"3:03
19."Peace and Purpose"3:06
20."Finale"8:28
Total length:77:31

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 54
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 52
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 72
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 22
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 44
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 33
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[18] 31
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[19] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 41
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[21] 19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 39
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 39
US Billboard 200[24] 12

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2016-12-01). "'Fantastic Beasts' and 'The BFG' Tap Into Magical Musical Worlds". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
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  7. ^ Ross, William (June 19, 2017). "I found a #Jedi! Incredible opportunity to meet the 1andonly @HamillHimself. Such a talented and kind person! #StarWars #lukeskywalkerpic.twitter.com/CI38UogTXG". @williamross_mx. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
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  11. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #452". auspOp. December 23, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Soundtrack / John Williams – Star Wars - The Last Jedi" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
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  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Soundtrack / John Williams – Star Wars - The Last Jedi" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  18. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2017. 51. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Álbumes — Semana 51: 15.12.2017 al 21.12.2017" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Soundtrack / John Williams – Star Wars - The Last Jedi". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  24. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2017.