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John Williams hands the baton to Dudamel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

John Williams hands the baton to Dudamel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Posted by PanamericanWorld on December 17, 2015

Venezuela's Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted some of the sound track for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the request of its composer, John Williams.

Dudamel directed the parts of the sound track for the film's opening and end titles, The Los Angeles Times reported, with an orchestra of musicians contracted for the occasion that included some from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

"I remember thinking, 'He's joking,'" Dudamel told the newspaper in a statement.

"John has such a wonderful sense of humor, and I somehow thought that there must be a catch. It turns out there was: I couldn't tell anyone!" the 34-year-old Dudamel said.

The pieces were recorded at the Sony studio on Oct. 12, and when Dudamel showed up there it surprised "everyone," from the musicians to Disney's lawyers, none of whom had been informed about his part in the production.

"The Force Awakens," which had its world premiere Monday in Hollywood, is the seventh film in the galactic saga and will reach theaters across the United States this Thursday.

All films of the franchise are scored by Williams, who also conducted parts of the sound track for "The Force Awakens," which took a total of six months to record.

"John Williams is the Mozart of our day," Dudamel, who has been a friend of the American maestro for years, said.

"I cannot tell you how inspired I felt when I held his score in my hands for the first time, stunned by the beauty of his writing. He's a genius," the Venezuelan conductor said.

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