FERG BLURBS -- Star Wars "Duel Of The Fates", Translated

Ever wonder what the chorus in the "Duel of the Fates" was singing?

February 2, 2018

Listen, it's no secret among Star Wars fans (Hardcore or casual) that Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace isn't exactly high on anybody's list of the best movies in the series. It's got a long, slow-developing (and, consequently, boring) plot about trade federations and blockades that only a true political junkie could love, and is peppered with the cheesy dialogue and weird screen wipes from scene-to-scene you've come to expect from George Lucas. It also introduces us to Jar-Jar Binks, one of the most hated characters in any movie, Star Wars or otherwise,...and don't even get me started on that goddamn pod race that dragged the movie to a screeching halt. The Phantom Menace was a rather forgettable movie, but it was almost completely saved by one scene.

That scene might be one of the best on-screen confrontations between the main heroes and their enemy in movie history. The movie didn't do a lot right, but it did build the tension between the Jedi and Darth Maul throughout the movie, never allowing them to truly cross paths until this fight at the end of the movie. Couple that with composer John Williams' breathtaking "Duel of the Fates" and you get a scene that builds dread, tension and anxiety as it moves forward. The music provides the perfect accompaniment to the climactic fight scene...but what is that chorus singing in the background? No one has really provided any answers...until now. Youtube user "Belsabob" has done the Lord's work, translating this gripping music for us. Take it away, Belsabob:

You'll never hear Duel of the Fates the same way, again. 


-- Ferg