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Watch John Williams Conduct ‘Star Wars 7’ Opening Scene Music

Watch John Williams Conduct ‘Star Wars 7’ Opening Scene Music

We're just four days away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters, with Disney and LucasFilm holding the world premiere today in Hollywood, California. This highly-anticipated adventure features new and returning faces from both in front of and behind the camera, with stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher reprising their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy, and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi) returning to co-write the script with director J.J. Abrams. Iconic composer John Williams is also returning to provide the score, and today we have a new video courtesy of Film Score Media that shows the musician composing the theme for the film's opening scene.

The seven minute video, which is part of an extended segment from 60 Minutes' piece on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also shows director J.J. Abrams, who reveals that this music will be studied by fans after the movie hits theaters, as we get to watch John Williams compose the score. We hear from the director himself, who speaks about how having a composer like John Williams is almost like "cheating" because he "writes feelings." We do see a few snippets of footage from the movie, but we've seen these scenes before, except for one. This video gives us a tiny glimpse at a new scene featuring Rey and the ball droid BB-8. The director also adds that this part of the entire process may be the most "surreal," since he grew up listening to John Williams.

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John Williams ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Soundtrack Gets a Release Date

John Williams ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Soundtrack Gets a Release Date

Now that Force Friday is finally here, LucasFilm has announced details for the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. Five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams has recorded the score, which contains all-new music and some familiar themes. The soundtrack is available now for pre-order at DisneyMusicEmporium.com.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in U.S theaters on December 18, 2015. The soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on December 18, 2015. It isn't known if any song details or track titles will be released between now and then.

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John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars 7’ Soundtrack in L.A.

John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars 7’ Soundtrack in L.A.

John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. For the recording of the score, John Williams will work with members of the superb freelance orchestra with which he's recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the film's editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.

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John Williams Confirmed to Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’!

John Williams Confirmed to Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’!

Star Wars Celebration Europe is in full swing this weekend, which LucasFilm is using to make some big announcements for Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, the studio confirmed a report from May that legendary composer John Williams is providing the score for this highly-anticipated sequel. In addition, a video interview was released with the musician discussing working with producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. Take a look at the interview, then read the official LucasFilm press release for more details.

John Williams, the legendary composer who crafted the iconic, sweeping music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Williams' grand orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognizable in movie history, from the classic "Main Title" theme introduced in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope to the ominous "Imperial March" from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back to the stirring "Duel of the Fates" from the prequel trilogy.

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Composer John Williams and Costume Designer Michael Kaplan Confirmed for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Composer John Williams and Costume Designer Michael Kaplan Confirmed for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Star Wars: Episode VII continues to come together for its expected 2014 shoot date, with John Williams confirmed to compose the score and Michael Kaplan confirmed as the costume designer.

Michael Kaplan has previously worked with Star Wars: Episode VII star Harrison Ford on 1982's Blade Runner, one of his first jobs.

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J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

We reported in February that John Williams expressed his interest in working on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII. J.J. Abrams regularly uses composer Michael Giacchino for the music in his movies, including Star Trek Into Darkness. Michael Giacchino is said to be in full approval of John Williams working on the score for Star Wars: Episode VII.

In related news, George Lucas' special effects house Industrial Light and Magic is considering opening a London branch for J.J. Abrams to utilize for Star Wars: Episode VII, to take advantage of foreign tax subsidies.

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John Williams Wants to Make Music for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

John Williams Wants to Make Music for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Of course, George Lucas himself won't be too involved in Star Wars: Episode VII after selling Lucasfilm in October for north of $4 billion. Director J.J. Abrams has used composer Michael Giacchino for all of his feature directorial outings. We'll have to wait and see which composer is in fact chosen to work on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released December 18th, 2015.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘War Horse’ John Williams Blu-ray Featurette

The composer discusses working with his 'musical director' Steven Spielberg on this drama, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD April 3.