What is Star Wars without John Williams and his incredible music? Unfortunately fans will soon find out after Williams retirement from the franchise following the release of Star Wars: Episode IX. But he’s not done giving fans treats. On November 6th, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performed with Lang Lang and the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Manfred Honeck and together they debuted a work of beauty.

Regardless of your feelings on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, one of the best aspects of the films was the love theme between Padmé and Anakin, “Across the Stars”. It’s a completely gorgeous piece with sweeping themes of ultimate romance and darkness lingering beneath it all. How can you top perfection? Well if you’re John Williams, you create a new arrangement of the piece, giving it new life. 

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The new composition sees the violin having more time to lament over the darkness coming for the star-crossed pair. If the original sounded sweet and beautiful, this new piece sounds more bittersweet. You can feel the pain of the pair’s forbidden love, it almost hurts to hear it. I’m immediately aching for a studio version so I can endless compare the two. If I’m being honest, I think it’s one of Williams’ best pieces of work, so hearing a new take is wonderful. And being honest once more, I have no background in music, I just know what makes my heart happy (or hurt) and this is one of those songs.

Check out the performance by Anne-Sophie Mutter below (at around 2:03:24) and let us know what you think of the new arrangement. Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars news. We’ll be hearing our final Star Wars music from John Williams on December 20th, 2019 in Star Wars: Episode IX.



Erin Lynch