John Williams, the Oscar-winning composer behind the classic Star Wars scores and themes, has created a new work due to feature at Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge attraction, which is currently in construction at Disney parks. You can hear the new theme above.
The new Galaxy’s Edge is a themed park dedicated to the film series which will open at both Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida in 2019, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The Galaxy’s Edge themes were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, according to reports on the official Star Wars website.
While Williams has contributed to the score to all eight Episodes in the Star Wars saga – from 1977’s A New Hope to 2017’s The Last Jedi – Lucasfilms and Disney have recruited other composers for the franchise’s anthology films: Michael Giacchino worked on 2016’s Rogue One, while John Powell scored the music for 2018’s Solo.
The Galaxy’s Edge theme also reunited Williams with the London Symphony Orchestra, who provided the instrumentation for the scores for A New Hope through 2005’s Revenge of the Sith; 2015’s The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi both featured the Hollywood Freelance Studio Symphony. Williams previously stated that the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Episode IX would be his final Star Wars score.
Arguably the greatest film score composer of them all, John Williams is also a creator of contemporary classical music with a post-romantic style, and a grand conductor, pianist and jazz buff who used to play piano for Mahalia Jackson. His long-standing relationship with Stephen Spielberg is a given, ditto his work for George Lucas and, more recently, the Harry Potter movies. To date, Williams has won five Academy Awards and four Golden Globes; he has seven British Academy Film Awards to his name and holds an unprecedented 22 Grammy Awards. In a specialist field, his albums have sold in the multi-millions.