The Force Is Strong with the Tabernacle Choir’s New Song “Duel of the Fates”

by | May 04, 2020


A new song from the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square transports listeners to a galaxy far, far away.

“Duel of the Fates” is known to Star Wars fans as the soundtrack to the final lightsaber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Just in time for Star Wars Day on May 4th, the song is now available for streaming from Spotify and Apple Music.

According to the Choir's blog, “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.”

“Duel of the Fates” is one of five songs on the Choir and Orchestra’s EP recording, When You Believe: A Night at the MoviesThe full album will be released on May 22, 2020, with the following songs from award-winning movies:

  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

“The Choir and Orchestra have a longstanding tradition of performing inspirational music from the Broadway stage and the movies,” director Mack Wilberg said in a press release sent to media. “We hope to showcase the power of this music to inspire and to encourage us. The title, When You Believe, captures that concept of building faith and shows why it was fitting for the Choir and Orchestra to record this music. This music can touch our souls in a very unique way. We also hope this recording will open doors to those who have yet to experience the music of the Choir and Orchestra.” 

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Lead image: Courtesy of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Image titleThe Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square present a collection of beloved songs from the silver screen. Celebrating uplifting melodies, positive stories, and the inspiring imagination of great filmmakers in recent years, the 360-member Choir and full Orchestra breathe new life into these arrangements like nobody else can. Hold on to your seats for an exciting journey through timeless melodies, epic soundscapes, and an awe-inspiring tour de force of musical talent. Available now for pre-order at deseretbook.com


Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail. Follow her on Twitter with the handle @lindsey5brooke.

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