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A Special Offer: Just in Time for Star Wars Day!

For Star Wars fans around the world—in time for the annual May 4th “Star Wars Day”—The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have released on streaming channels their new recording of “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.


  • Apple Music: “Duel of the Fates” instant gratification download with a pre-release purchase of the Choir’s new extended play (EP) When You Believe: A Night at the Movies for $6.99 through May 21.
  • Deseret Book: When You Believe: A Night at the Movies is available for a 15% pre-release discount through May 21.
  • Spotify: Listen to “Duel of the Fates” released for your enjoyment and sharing on Star Wars Day (May the 4th).

“Duel of the Fates” is part of the Choir and Orchestra’s EP recording entitled When You Believe: A Night at the MoviesThe full album will be released on May 22, 2020. This new recording includes five inspirational music selections drawn from award-winning movies that audiences have loved:

  1. "Main on End" from Avengers: Endgame
  2. “I’ll Fly Away” from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  3. “Eatnemen Vuelie (Song of the Earth)” (musical inspiration for the opening theme of Frozen)
  4. “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt
  5. “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

“Duel of the Fates”
This musical theme was written for choir and orchestra and made its debut during the final lightsaber battle in the film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Its lyrics are based on a fragment of an archaic Welsh poem, Cad Goddeu (Battle of the Trees), which John Williams then had translated into Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language.

John Williams: Composer of “Duel of the Fates”
John Williams has composed some of the most iconic movie themes and scores including Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter to name a handful. Steven Spielberg, director and producer of many of the films composed by Williams, once said, “Without John Williams, bikes don’t fly and neither do brooms in Quidditch matches nor do men in red capes. There is no Force, dinosaurs do not walk the earth. We do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.”

Williams also composed “Call of the Champions,” the theme for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, which featured The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Throughout the years the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have performed and recorded many selections by Williams including “Somewhere in My Memory,” from Home Alone;  “America, the Dream Goes On;” and “Hymn to the Fallen,” from Saving Private Ryan.