Watch the Legendary John Williams Conduct the Score for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Watch the Legendary John Williams Conduct the Score for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Dec 14, 2015

There are certain components to a Star Wars movie that makes a fan super excited, and a number of those components hit them right from the start. There's the Lucasfilm logo, the opening crawl and of course the score. Not just the iconic theme, which is heard over the crawl, but also the first notes of new music we get as the movie begins, before we see any characters or know any of the plot. It sets the mood. And few composers are as magical when it comes to this sort of set-up as John Williams.

We're only a few days from the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but until last night, during a segment on 60 Minutes, nobody had heard much of the new movie's score. The soundtrack comes out the same day as the movie, because Williams' emotional soundscapes can be spoilers through their dramatic instrumental cues -- never mind track titles giving plot points away. As director J.J. Abrams says about Williams on the news program, "He writes feelings. He knows how to make your heart soar like no one else." And even the feelings of this movie have to be kept under wraps until all is ready to be felt, heard and seen.

If you want to get more in the mood for The Force Awakens with a tease of how you'll feel, you can watch Williams recording the music for the opening scene below and, yes, also hear it. We don't know what visuals will be matched with these sounds, but it's possible the sequel begins with our introduction to Rey (Daisy Ridley), who quickly becomes acquainted with BB-8. Their meeting can also be seen play out for the first time in the 60 Minutes segment, with Rey saving the already popular droid from another new, alien character, which Abrams notes was created through mostly practical puppetry effects, with CG enhancements. 

In this special preview, we also get to see some sound effects editing done for that scene and learn about the choices for BB-8's "voice." Abrams admits that the droid's sounds had to be easily imitated by kids leaving the theater. Thanks to the following video, fans can imitate a little bit on the way into the theater this Thursday night, too.  

 

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