Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (soundtrack)

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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ReleasedDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18) (Digital)
December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20) (Physical)
RecordedJuly–November 18, 2019
StudioSony Pictures Studios
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:16:33
LabelWalt Disney
ProducerJohn Williams
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film score to the 2019 film of the same name composed and conducted by John Williams. The soundtrack album was released in both digital formats and digipak CD by Walt Disney Records on December 18 and 20, 2019 respectively.[1]

Overview[edit]

On January 10, 2018, it was confirmed that John Williams would return to compose and conduct The Rise of Skywalker.[2][3] The next month, Williams announced that it would be the last Star Wars film for which he would compose the score.[4] In August 2019, at Tanglewood's Film Night, William revealed that scoring sessions were underway and that 80% of the music for Episode IX had been recorded and that an additional 40 minutes would be recorded at the request of director J.J Abrams.[5]

Recording of the score began in mid-July at Sony Pictures Studios' Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage in Culver City, with 11 sessions scattered over the five-month period. Williams conducted the sessions himself, recording over three hours of music which consisted of new material and revisions of previous themes. Speaking about the recording process, he said that "It was a wonderful way to spend six or eight months...and for being grateful for having the energy and interest to work with the orchestra, which was very lovely." William Ross assisted with orchestrations, while mixing was handled by sound engineer Shawn Murphy. Like the previous sequel trilogy films, it was recorded with a 102-piece freelance orchestra together with a 100-voice Los Angeles Master Chorale.[6][7] The final day of recording occurred on November 18, 2019 with many of the cast and executives present, such as Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Kelly Marie Tran and frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg.

In a lead up to the release of the soundtrack, a For Your Consideration soundtrack album was released on the Disney awards website on December 10, 2019, which consisted of 50 minutes of the music for the film. However, due to reasons unknown, it was taken down shortly after.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by John Williams.

No.TitleLength
1."Fanfare and Prologue"4:34
2."Journey to Exegol"2:49
3."The Rise of Skywalker"4:18
4."The Old Death Star"3:16
5."The Speeder Chase"3:21
6."Destiny of a Jedi"5:12
7."Anthem of Evil"3:23
8."Fleeing from Kijimi"2:51
9."We Go Together"3:17
10."Join Me"3:42
11."They Will Come"2:50
12."The Final Saber Duel"3:57
13."Battle of the Resistance"2:51
14."Approaching the Throne"4:16
15."The Force Is with You"3:59
16."Farewell"5:14
17."Reunion"4:05
18."A New Home"1:47
19."Finale"10:51
Total length:1:16:33

Additional music[edit]

Title Musician(s) Key scenes/Notes
"Lido Hey" Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.J. Abrams Performed by Shag Kava, a musical moniker for Miranda and Abrams. Plays as the main characters participate and traverse the Festival of the Ancestors on the desert planet Pasaana.[9][10]
"Oma's Place" Ricky Tinez, J.J. Abrams Performed by Ricky Tinez and J.J. Abrams. Plays as the main characters enter a bar owned by Oma Tres (featuring composer John Williams in a cameo role) on the planet Kijimi.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019–2020) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 52
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 89
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 35
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[16] 25
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[17] 28
Scottish Albums (OCC)[18] 53
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[19] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 57
US Billboard 200[22] 42

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Hughes, William (March 3, 2018). "John Williams says he's only got one more of these damn Star Wars movies in him". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on March 3, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
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  7. ^ Burlingame, Jon (December 18, 2019). "With 'Rise of Skywalker,' Composer John Williams Puts His Coda on 'Star Wars'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' FYC Score Album Released". Filmmusicreporter. December 10, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  9. ^ Mamo, Heran (December 20, 2019). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Contributed to 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' in More Ways than One". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
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  12. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. January 6, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
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  16. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2020. 4. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  17. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2020-01-13" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 52: del 20.12.2019 al 26.12.2019" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Soundtrack / John Williams – Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (1/2)". Billboard on Twitter. Retrieved December 31, 2019.