Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Soundtrack

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Soundtrack
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Soundtrack

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As a fan of J.K. Rowling's massively popular Harry Potter books and the composer of some of the best fantasy/sci-fi film scores, John Williams was a natural choice to write the music for Chris Columbus' film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. His score captures the childhood mischief, magic, and adventure of the film and the books, mixing winding, soaring melodies with instrumentation that spans the delicately spooky to the darkly majestic. However, his work here won't necessarily dispel Williams' reputation as an occasionally light-fingered composer: one of the score's main motifs, a light-as-a-cobweb celesta melody most clearly stated in "The Arrival of Baby Harry" and "Hedwig's Theme," recalls the work of both Danny Elfman and Tchaikovsky, while some of the other melodies sound like they're just a few notes away from themes in his own Hook and Star Wars scores. Harry Potter's score also tends to repeat these main themes a little too often; fortunately they're reinterpreted fairly creatively from piece to piece. "Harry's Wondrous World" and "Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts" are sweeping and lighthearted, while "In the Devil's Snare and the Flying Keys," "The Chess Game," and "The Face of Voldemort" close the score with a trio of menacing, climactic musical cues. In between are pretty, delicate moments like "Fluffy's Harp" and whimsical pieces like "Christmas at Hogwarts," which manages to combine the festive, carol-esque melody with the atmosphere of a school for witches and wizards. The pomp and circumstance of "The Quidditch Match" is probably the score's most typically Williams composition; a thrilling mix of his heroic style and the rest of the music's spooky, supernatural feel. Not surprisingly, considering that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone runs nearly three hours long, Williams' score is on the long side, making it somewhat difficult to take in outside of the film's context. While it may not be one of his most inspired works, it's never less than perfectly appropriate and does include some brilliant moments. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide

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Artist: John Williams
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.39 x 5.06 x 5.74
UPC: 0007567834912
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1. Prologue
2. Harry's Wondrous World
3. Arrival Of Baby Harry
4. Visit To The Zoo/Letters From Hogwarts
5. Diagon Alley/The Gringotts Vault
6. Platform Nine-And-Three-Quarters/The Journey To Hogwarts
7. Entry Into The Great Hall/The Banquet
8. Mr. Longbottom Flies
9. Hogwarts Forever!/The Moving Stairs
10. Norwegian Ridgeback/A Change Of Season
11. Quidditch Match
12. Christmas At Hogwarts
13. Invisibility Cloak/The Library Scene
14. Fluffy's Harp
15. In The Devil's Snare/The Flying Keys
16. Chess Games
17. Face Of Voldemort
18. Leaving Hogwarts
19. Hedwig's Theme
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Customer review by Cypress

5.0 stars by Cypress

The music soundtrack of this movie is very well laid out. I enjoy it very much sort of music to put on in the background to read a book or to simply remember the moive because the order of the tracks is in the order of the movie.

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Cypress
Houston, Tx
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
1/18/2012

Customer review by ReadToLive

5.0 stars by ReadToLive

I really enjoy this CD the music brings to mind scenes from the movie and book. The one drawback to this particular CD is that most of the songs sound similar. The songs are still very interesting to listen to.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days

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