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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack
Attribution
Author(s)

John Williams (composer/conductor)

Publication information
Publisher

Sony Classical

Released

May 4, 1999

Type

CD

General information
Genre(s)

Classical, Film score

Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era

Timeline

32 BBY

"Once again, John Williams has exceeded my expectations and produced a lavish, rich, moving and thrilling score. Every fan of Star Wars—and of great music—is in his debt."
―George Lucas[src]

The Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace score was composed and conducted by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It was released in three formats:

The original album was released to accompany the film (May 4, 1999). This release is a single CD containing 17 tracks from selections of the score, meant to stand alone as a separate listening experience and not as one hears the score in the film. John Williams edited each track to present the score as one would hear it in a concert suite.

This album was also available on a two-LP set through specialized retailers such as Star Wars Insider.

The two-CD Ultimate Edition was released due to popular demand (November 14, 2000). This set presents the score predominantly as heard in the film (with most of the edits, loops, tracked music, and post-production changes in place). Although not exactly what is heard in the film, this set was meant to be listened to as one would hear the score in the film.

None of the releases contain the entire score (although the back cover of the Ultimate Edition falsely claims that it contains "every note recorded"). Currently, no complete release has been made.

EditionsEdit

Format Disc Track Title Time
Original Release 1 1 Star Wars Main Title and The Arrival at Naboo 2:55
2 Duel of the Fates 4:14
3 Anakin's Theme 3:05
4 Jar Jar's Introduction and The Swim to Otoh Gunga 5:07
5 The Sith Spacecraft and The Droid Battle 2:37
6 The Trip to the Naboo Temple and The Audience with Boss Nass 4:07
7 The Arrival at Tatooine and The Flag Parade 5:07
8 He Is the Chosen One 3:53
9 Anakin Defeats Sebulba 4:24
10 Passage Through the Planet Core 4:40
11 Watto's Deal and Kids at Play 4:57
12 Panaka and the Queen's Protectors 3:24
13 Queen Amidala and The Naboo Palace 4:51
14 The Droid Invasion and The Appearance of Darth Maul 5:14
15 Qui-Gon's Noble End 3:48
16 The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon's Funeral 3:09
17 Augie's Great Municipal Band and End Credits 9:37
Total: 74:23
Ultimate Edition CD 1 1 Fox Fanfare 0:23
2 TREACHERY WITHIN THE FEDERATION - THE INVASION OF NABOO: Star Wars Main Title 1:24
3 Boarding The Federation Battleship 2:31
4 Death Warrant For Qui-Gon And Obi-Wan 1:18
5 Fighting The Destroyer Droids 1:44
6 Queen Amidala Warns The Federation 2:23
7 The Droid Invasion 1:00
8 UNDERWATER ADVENTURE: Swimming To Otoh Gunga 0:56
9 Inside The Bubble City 3:05
10 Attack Of The Giant Fish 1:37
11 DARTH SIDIOUS AND THE PASSAGE THROUGH THE PLANET CORE: Darth Sidious 1:04
12 ON TO NABOO AND THE RESCUE OF THE QUEEN: The Giant Squid And The Attack On Theed 1:18
13 Qui-Gon And Obi-Wan Rescue The Queen 2:09
14 Fighting The Guards 1:42
15 Escape From Naboo 2:04
16 Enter Darth Maul 1:07
17 DESTINATION TATOOINE, HOME OF ANAKIN SKYWALKER: The Arrival At Tatooine 2:28
18 Street Band of Mos Espa 1:16
19 Padmé Meets Anakin 1:12
20 Desert Winds (Bonus Track) 1:28
21 Jar Jar's Run-In With Sebulba 1:18
22 Anakin's Home And The Introduction To Threepio 2:42
23 THE DARK FORCES PLOT: Darth Sidious And Darth Maul 1:12
24 QUI-GON BETS ON ANAKIN: Talk Of Podracing 2:58
25 ANAKIN CLOSES IN ON HIS DESTINY: Watto's Deal/Shmi And Qui-Gon Talk 2:24
26 Anakin, Podrace Mechanic 1:38
27 The Racer Roars To Life/Anakin's Midi-Chlorian Count 1:24
28 Darth Maul And The Sith Spacecraft 1:00
29 Mos Espa Arena Band 0:53
30 Watto's Roll Of The Die 1:59
31 The Flag Parade 1:14
32 Sebulba's Dirt Hand/Qui-Gon's Pep Talk 1:37
33 ANAKIN'S VICTORY: Anakin Defeats Sebulba 2:17
34 THE CHEERING CROWD: Hail To The Winner, Anakin Skywalker 1:13
35 MOS ESPA FOLK SONG: The Street Singer 1:13
Total: 57:27
2 1 TO CORUSCANT AND TO PALPATINE AND THE SENATE: Anakin Is Free 5:04
2 Qui-Gon And Darth Maul Meet 1:48
3 Anakin And Group To Coruscant 4:11
4 PALPATINE'S TREACHERY: The Queen And Palpatine 0:41
5 QUI-GON GOES BEFORE YODA: High Council Meeting 2:37
6 WAR COUNCIL AND AN ALLIANCE WITH BOSS NASS AND THE GUNGANS: The Senate 1:12
7 Anakin's Test 3:41
8 Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning 3:47
9 Nute and Rune Confer With Darth Sidious 0:29
10 The Queen And Group Land On Naboo 2:19
11 Jar Jar Leads Group To The Gungans 2:25
12 War Plans 2:31
13 PRELUDE TO WAR: Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army 0:25
14 The Gungans March 0:57
15 THE GREAT BATTLE BEGINS: The Queen And Her Group Sneak Back To The Palace 0:18
16 The Battle Begins 0:24
17 The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space 1:26
18 THE BATTLE CONTINUES: Activate The Droids 0:44
19 The Gungans Fight Back 0:24
20 The Duel Begins 0:51
21 Anakin Takes Off In Spaceship 0:47
22 The Duel Continues 0:59
23 The Battle Rages On 1:59
24 Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan And Darth Maul Continue Battle 1:22
25 THE WAR AT ITS DARKEST: Qui-Gon, Darth Maul And The Invisible Wall 0:14
26 The Gungans Retreat And The Queen Surrenders 2:18
27 The Death Of Qui-Gon And The Surrender Of The Gungans 2:28
28 GOOD TRIUMPHS OVER EVIL: The Tide Turns/The Death Of Darth Maul 3:24
29 THE WRAP-UP: The Queen Confronts Nute And Rune 1:47
30 The Funeral of Qui-Gon 1:18
31 VICTORY PARADE: The Parade 1:24
32 TITLES: End Credits 8:14
33 Duel of the Fates (Dialogue Version) 4:21
Total: 67:04

Score InformationEdit

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John Williams directs the LSO in February 1999.

Recorded in Abbey Road studios over a week, starting on February 10, 1999 performed by the London Voices and London Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars score Williams had composed in over 16 years.

The scores of the following two films would rely heavily upon tracking from this score, a decision that Williams and George Lucas had made early into production of the film. [1]

No complete score has ever been released, but missing bits and pieces can be heard in various LucasArts video games.

After the release of the album, the popularity of a more complete bootleg version of the score began to steal profits.[source?] Sony released the Ultimate Edition, presenting the score nearly as it is heard in the film while falsely marketing itself as "every note ever recorded."

A fragmentary list of all known slate numbers and original track titles follows:

  1. 1m01 Star Wars (Main Title)
  2. 1m02 The Arrival
  3. 1m03 Gas Leak
  4. 1m04 Droid Fight
  5. 1m05 Queen Amidala
  6. 1m06 The Droid Invasion
  7. 1m07 Introducing Jar Jar
  8. 1m? Bubble World
  9. 1m? Gone Fishin'
  10. 2m? Darth Sidious
  11. 2m? Tentacles
  12. 2m? Theed Palace Arrival
  13. 2m? You're Under Arrest
  14. 2m? Escape from Naboo
  15. 2m? Intro Darth Maul
  16. 2m? Arrival at Tatooine
  17. 2m? I'm A Pilot You Know
  18. 2m? Stealing Food
  19. 2m? Introducing Threepio
  20. 3m? Running Out of Time
  21. 3m? [Title Unknown]
  22. 3m? Dinner Talk
  23. 3m? Watto's Deal
  24. 3m? Kids at Play
  25. 3m? It's Working
  26. 3m? The Sith Spacecraft
  27. 3m? [Title Unknown]
  28. 3m? Flag Parade
  29. 3m10 Jabba Introduction
  30. 3m11 The Race Begins (This cue went mostly unused, but the opening moments were abridged before the cue "Escape from Naboo" was tracked)
  31. 4m01 [Title Unknown] (Mostly cut in favor of tracked material, the ending moments were reprised)
  32. 4m02 Anakin Defeats Sebulba (moved later in the film)
  33. 4m? Anakin's Great Victory
  34. 4m? Anakin Is Free
  35. 4m? Darth and Qui-Gon
  36. 4m? Coruscant Arrival
  37. 4m? Queen and Palpatine
  38. 5m01 High Council Meeting
  39. 5m02 The Senate
  40. 5m03 Anakin's Test
  41. 5m04 The Chosen One
  42. 5m05 The Chosen One
  43. 5m? [Title Unknown]
  44. 5m? Naboo Temple
  45. 5m? The Gungans
  46. 5m? With Boss Nass
  47. 5m? Promoting Jar Jar
  48. 5m? War Plans
  49. 6m? Forest Mist (the latter half was removed for a revised cue "Drums Insert")
  50. 6m? The Armies Face Off
  51. 6m? Moving Forward (the latter half of this cue was removed entirely)
  52. 6m? Take To Your Ships
  53. 6m? The Big Army (the majority of the midsection of this cue was removed in favor of "Duel of the Fates")
  54. 6m05 The Droid Battle
  55. 6m06 Up the Wire (This cue was removed in favor of "Duel of the Fates")
  56. 6m07 The Great Duel (This cue was removed in favor of "Duel of the Fates")
  57. 6m07p2 Duel Continues
  58. 6m? Qui-Gon's Noble End
  59. 6m? Battleship Destroyed
  60. 6m? The End of Darth Maul
  61. 7m? [Title Unknown]
  62. 7m? Qui-Gon's Funeral
  63. 7m? Augie's Great Municipal Band
  64. 7m? End Title
  65. 7m? End Title Part II (contains both "Duel of the Fates" and "Anakin's Theme")

Differences between the versionsEdit

In the recording studio, Williams records cues multiple times. The film and album versions of a track can be drastically different. One cue can be made up of several takes, putting together the best moments of each, replacing flubbed notes.

Since each track is run several times, each performance differs slightly. Occasionally, Williams will change orchestrations on the spot.

Examples of different takes:

  • Track 4 on Disc 1 of the Ultimate Edition vs. games: The Ultimate Edition version of the cue "Gas Leak" omits one of the final hits in favor of a loop, and it also omits an ending that can be heard in games such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
  • Track 7 on Disc 2 of the Ultimate Edition vs. film: The film version has an obvious cough at the very end of the cue not heard on the Ultimate Edition.
  • Track 6 on Disc 1 of the Ultimate Edition vs. game: During the conversation with Queen Padmé Amidala, the music that plays has alternate wind parts not heard in the Ultimate Edition.
  • Track 31 on Disc 1 of the Ultimate Edition vs. DVD: The film features loops and extended segments of the Flag Parade not featured in the Ultimate Edition.
  • Track 32 on Disc 1 of the Ultimate Edition vs. film: The track segues straight into the ending moments of the Flag Parade, whereas in the film, there is a considerable gap in between. Also, an abridged version of the cue "Start Your Engine" has been retained despite not appearing in the film.
  • Track 27 on Disc 2 of the Ultimate Edition vs. film: The whispers heard during the fight between Darth Maul and Qui-Gon are different in the film from those on the Ultimate Edition.
  • "Anakin's Theme": The alternate take heard in the games has a loud bang in the middle of the track (possibly from an instrumentalist hitting his or her stand). It also is shorter and eliminates the return to the descending middle segment.
  • "Take to Your Ships" has many different orchestrations heard throughout the Ultimate Edition, the album, the early Phantom Menace games (Jedi Power Battles and Starfighter) and later LucasArts games (Battlefront II, Revenge of the Sith, and The Force Unleashed).
  • "Duel Continues," released as part of track 16 on Disc 2 of the Ultimate Edition, was originally scored with piccolo jabs underlying the opening timpani. These piccolo jabs were removed from the cue and instead placed over the following cue, "Qui-Gon's Noble End".
  • "Duel of the Fates" has several different orchestrations heard in the games, album, and Ultimate Edition.

Several source cues composed by Williams' son, Joseph. Alternates of cues and alternate recordings of "Duel of the Fates" have unknown slate numbers and for the most part are unreleased. [2]

CreditsEdit

London Symphony Orchestra[3]Edit

1st ViolinsEdit

  • G. Nikolitch (Leader)
  • J. Graham (Assistant Leader)
  • L. Mackenzie (Sub-Leader)
  • M. Yang
  • M. Humphrey
  • A. Adlam
  • R. Brightman *
  • N. Broadbent
  • G. Decuyper
  • C. Lauri
  • C. Parfitt
  • E. Pigram
  • L. Quenelle
  • H. Rayfield
  • C. Renwick
  • R. Retallick
  • I. Rhodes
  • M. Spencer
  • S. Vasseur

2nd ViolinsEdit

  • E. Grach (Principal)
  • W. Hill (Co-Principal) *
  • R. Blayden
  • N. Clarke
  • M. Gardner
  • D. Goodall
  • I. McDonough
  • B. McFarlane
  • J. Nixon
  • T. Noriss
  • A. Pollock
  • S. Quinn
  • P. Robson
  • S. Rowlinson

ViolasEdit

  • E. Vanderspar (Principal)
  • A. Viytovych (Co-Principal)
  • P. Norriss (Sub-Principal) *
  • B. Clarke
  • D. Burns
  • G. Haddow
  • R. Holttum
  • M. Johnston
  • P. Sulski
  • R. Turner
  • E. Varlow
  • J. Welch
  • G. Zagni
  • K. Bradley

CellosEdit

  • M. Welsh (Principal)
  • R. Adams (Sub-Principal) *
  • J. Brown
  • M. Bergin
  • A. Blayden
  • N. Bradshaw
  • N. Gethin
  • K. Glossop *
  • H. Jones
  • F. Saunders *

BassesEdit

  • R. Ibragimov (Principal)
  • C. Paris (Co-Principal)
  • N. Worters
  • P. Laurence
  • G. Newson *
  • M. Gibson
  • J. Vaughan
  • A. Bouchaux
  • K. Knussen
  • P. Dawson

FlutesEdit

  • P. Edmund-Davies (Principal)
  • M. Parry
  • S. McIlwham

OboesEdit

  • R. Carter (Principal)
  • J. Lawley
  • C. Pendrill

HornsEdit

  • T. Jones (Principal)
  • D. Pyatt (Principal)
  • R. Clews
  • W. Haskins
  • J. Lipton
  • N. Evans
  • R. Clarke
  • H. Jenkins

TrombonesEdit

  • I. Bousfield (Principal)
  • E. Crees (Co-Principal) *
  • J. Maynard
  • R. Hughes

TimpaniEdit

  • K. H. Goedicke (Principal) *

PercussionEdit

  • N. Percy (Principal)
  • S. Carrington (Co-Principal)
  • D. Jackson
  • R. Northcott *
  • C. Thomas
  • C. Malabar
  • J. Comes

Cretan Lyra, CümbüsEdit

  • S. Hall

BassoonsEdit

  • R. Gough (Principal)
  • N. Hunka
  • D. Morgan

ClarinetsEdit

  • A. Marriner (Principal)
  • C. Mo
  • J. Stenhouse
  • N. Rodwell

TrumpetsEdit

  • M. Murphy (Principal) *
  • R. Franks (Principal)
  • G. Ruddock
  • N. Gomm
  • A. McAneney
  • N. Burfeindt

TubaEdit

  • P. Harrild (Principal)

PianoEdit

  • J. Alley (Principal)

HarpsEdit

  • B. Lewis (Principal)
  • K. Vaughan

RecordersEdit

  • A. Findon
  • T. Hinnigan
  • H. Keen

SynthesizersEdit

  • R. Kerber
  • J. Williams

StaffEdit

  • Administrator: S. Mallet *
  • Concerts Manager: S. Wales
  • Librarian: G. Chambers
  • Managing Director: C. Gillinson *
  • Personnel Managers: T. Morton * , M. Lindop
  • Stage Manager: N. Graham

* Performed on the original Star Wars soundtrack recording (March 1977)

Additional credits[4]Edit

  • London Voices
    • Director: Terry Edwards
  • New London Children's Choir
    • Director: Ronald Corp
  • Album Mastered by Patricia Sullivan Fourstar at A & M Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • Assistant Engineers: Jonathan Allen, Andrew Dudman, Dave Forty
  • Music Editor: Ken Wannberg
  • Music Preparation by Dakota Music Service
  • Music Recorded and Mixed by Shawn Murphy at Abbey Road Studios
  • Additional Mixing at Todd-AO Scoring Stage and Skywalker Scoring Stage
  • Producer: John Williams

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit

Real-world music
Soundtracks
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope · The Empire Strikes Back · Return of the Jedi
Ewoks · The Clone Wars
Shadows of the Empire · Republic Commando · Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic II · Forces of Corruption · The Force Unleashed
The Force Unleashed II · The Old Republic
Original Soundtrack Anthology
Composers
John Williams · Joel McNeely · Clint Bajakian · Peter Bernstein · Jesse Harlin · Mark Griskey
Frank Klepacki · Jeremy Soule · Joseph Williams · Jerry Hey · Kevin Kiner · Michael Giacchino · Chris Hülsbeck
Performers
London Symphony Orchestra · London Voices
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra · Maurice Murphy · Royal Scottish National Orchestra
New London Children's Choir · Seattle Sinfonia Orchestra
Sheet music books
The Phantom Menace · Attack of the Clones · Revenge of the Sith
Music from the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition · Selections from Star Wars
Star Wars: A Musical Journey: Episodes I-VI · Star Wars Episodes I, II & III Instrumental Solos
Star Wars for Beginning Piano Solo
Music Videos
"Lapti Nek" The Music Video from Jabba's Palace · The Duel of the Fates · A Hero Falls
Other
Bantha Music · Christmas in the Stars · Tusken Music
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Books
Full adaptations
Book-and-record · Junior novelization · Mighty Chronicles · Movie Storybook · Novel
Partial adaptations
Journal:
Anakin Skywalker · Darth Maul · Queen Amidala
Episode I Adventures:
13: Danger on Naboo (Game Book) · 14: Podrace to Freedom (Game Book) · 15: The Final Battle (Game Book)
Adventures:
11: Danger on Naboo (Game Book) · 12: Podrace to Freedom (Game Book)
Anakin's Pit Droid · Anakin Skywalker · Anakin's Race for Freedom · Dangers of the Core · Darth Maul's Revenge · Droid to the Rescue · Droids Everywhere! · General Jar Jar · Gungan Trouble! · Jar Jar Binks · Jar Jar's Mistake · Jedi Escape · Meet the Jedi High Council · Obi-Wan's Bongo Adventure · Podrace! · A Queen's Diary · Ready, Set, Podrace! · Save Naboo! · Sith Attack · Watch Out, Jar Jar!
Comics
Comic series: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Trade paperback
Adventures: ½ · Obi-Wan Kenobi · Queen Amidala · Qui-Gon Jinn · Anakin Skywalker · Trade paperback
Manga: 1 · 2
PhotoComic
Video games
Battle for Naboo · Jedi Power Battles · Obi-Wan · Obi-Wan's Adventures · Episode I: The Phantom Menace · Racer · Racer Arcade · Starfighter
Activity books
Battles to Color · Heroes and Villains Coloring Book · I Am a Droid · I Am a Jedi · I Am a Pilot · I Am a Queen · Micro-Vehicle Punch-Outs · Queen Amidala Paper Doll Book · The Ultimate Star Wars Episode I Sticker Book
Behind the scenes
The Art of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace · Illustrated Screenplay · The Making of Episode I The Phantom Menace · The Official Souvenir Magazine · Script facsimile
Guide and reference books
Incredible Cross-Sections · Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Episode I · Jedi Power Battles: Prima's Official Strategy Guide · Portfolio · Prima's Official Strategy Guide · Racer: Official Nintendo Player's Guide · Racer: Prima's Offical Strategy Guide · Secrets of the Sith · Scrapbook · Starfighter: Prima's Official Strategy Guide · The Visual Dictionary · Who's Who: A Pocket Guide to the Characters of The Phantom Menace · What's What
Other material and merchandise
Star Wars Customizable Card Game: Coruscant Limited · Star Wars Trading Card Game: The Phantom Menace · Tatooine Limited · Theed Palace Limited
Insider's Guide · Soundtrack · Toy line
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