Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
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Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle

EDIT: This mix has been revised. The updated entry can be found here.

Okay, when I started working on this, I thought that this album was going to be a pushover. After all, over a year ago I had made a Harry Potter mix that I thought was fairly decent at the time. However, in the intervening time, I've been listening to it and thinking about how much better a job I could do on it today, and minor little editorial tweaks here and there that would make it a more satisfying overall presentation.

Well, while the overall structure and the bulk of the selection process had already been made with the creation of the original CD, all those minor little editorial tweaks culminated in a massive overhaul of most of the tracks. To date, this album has the most amount of nip and tuck of any that I've put together. It actually was most grueling. It's a good thing I love this wacko hobby. I generally dislike the idea of returning to the same well unless you're going to do something different, but in this case I think that the refinement was worthwhile.

Lumos Musica!

Years One, Two and Three at Hogwarts


Music Composed by

1. Opening and the Arrival of Baby Harry (a) 2:22
Aunt Marge's Waltz (b) 2:10
Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts (a) 2:55
The Flying Car (b) 1:42
Platform 9¾ and the Journey to Hogwarts (a) 2:00
Double Trouble (c) 1:52
The Dueling Club (b) 2:56
Year Three Begins (c) 0:56
Mr. Longbottom Flies (a) 2:06
Buckbeak's Flight (c) 1:50
Fawkes the Pheonix (b) 5:59
Christmas at Hogwarts (a) 0:46
The Snowball Fight (c) 0:57
The Quidditch Match (a) 7:54
Quidditch, Year Three (c) 3:30
Follow the Spiders (b) 1:01
Hagrid the Professor (c) 1:33
Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle (b) 0:54
Secrets of the Castle (c) 1:28
The Chamber of Secrets (b) 3:45
A Window to the Past (a) 3:49
The Mirror of Erised and a Change of Season (a) 2:12
Forward to Time Past and Saving Buckbeak (c) 2:55
The Chess Game (a) 3:22
Dueling the Basilisk (b) 3:21
Expecto Patronum and Finale (c) 2:09
The Return of Fawkes and Reunion of Friends (b) 4:43
Harry's Wondrous World (a) 5:11
Mischief Managed! (b) 2:47
Hedwig's Theme (a) 5:08

Orchestrations by Eddie Karam, John Nuefeld and Conrad Pope

Featuring London Voices (Terry Edwards, director)
Celeste Solos Performed by Randy Kerber

(a)(c) Orchestra Conducted by John Williams
(b) London Symphony Orchestra Conducted by William Ross
(c) Period Instruments by the Dufay Collective

"Double Trouble"
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Featuring the London Sinfonietta and the London Oratory School Schola

Produced by John Williams
Engineered by Simon Rhodes at Lyndhurst Studios and Abbey Road

(a) The Philosopher's Stone - (b) The Chamber of Secrets - (c) The Prisoner of Azkaban

I retained the concept that I had with the original disc, that the album would be arranged in a rough narrative shape taking from the structure of a Harry Potter story (i.e. it starts at Privet Drive and makes its way to Hogwarts, and plays out the year until the final confrontation). I thought that this was one of the best aspects of the original, though I abandoned the extended end title suite that I closed the previous disc out with. I instead moved the two of tracks from The Chamber of Secrets into the body of the album.

Now, the opening was very tricky. The former version used "Lumos" from Prisoner of Azkaban, and while I liked the playful version of Hedwig's theme, I felt that perhaps there was just too much of it bunched close together at the beginning (an almost identical version is heard during "Letters from Hogwarts." I found a solution though: the film of The Philosopher's Stone opens with a very different arrangement of this theme, celeste glissandos over a French horn. This piece was not on any of the albums, but I ripped it from the DVD and dovetailed it neatly into the same edit of "The Arrival of Baby Harry" that was heard on the original.

Many of these tracks are tightened considerably from their original versions. Most of the changes were aesthetic decisions, attempts to make the cues fit together better in the context that I put them in, which is considerably different. What ended up happening, however, was that I found much more space on the disc to include more material, especially a more rounded showing of material from the masterful Prisoner of Azkaban score, most notably the Quidditch game, the finale and the suite I created for Harry and Hermione's Time Turner adventure.

"Year Three Begins" is actually the second half of the album track "Secrets of the Castle," the rest of which appears in a different place on this disc. The former plays in The Prisoner of Azkaban as the camera pulls back from Harry and his friends horsing around, revealing dementors and the subsequent encounter of a bluebird and the Womping Willow. The latter plays as the children sleep in the Great Hall. Both sections of the track fit on this album, but not in the same place, so they were split.

"The Mirror of Erised" is the last part of the album track "The Library Scene" from Philosopher's Stone but I dovetailed it with "A Change of Season" as I feel these two cues work quite well together. Similarly, I segued the latter section of "Fawkes Is Reborn" off of the Chamber of Secrets into "Reunion of Friends" because I liked how they fell together. Because in both cases, the combinations come from adjacent moments in their respective films, it wasn't much different from abbreviating another track.

"Gilderoy Lockhart" appeared on the original disc I made, but I had an opportunity to put "The Dueling Club" on this one, which includes quite a bit of Lockhart's theme already, so that track was dropped. At the dramatic climax of the album I used the "Finale" from Prisoner of Azkaban which featured the Patronus choir, so "The Patronus Light" was also left off (I added "Expecto Patronum" to the track title, feeling that it was its own moment).

There were a few cues that I couldn't fit on this edition either, such as "The Whomping Willow" from Azkaban, but I would also have loved to have included both the rogue bludger Quidditch match from Chamber of Secrets and Harry and Hermione breaking Sirius out of the Tower with that expansive arrangement of Buckbeak's theme in Prisoner of Azkaban. There is another gorgeous piece of music from Azkaban that has never been released, a quiet piece heard after Harry finds out Sirius is his godfather and the arrival of Spring, which is reprised when Lupin leaves.

This album definitely plays much more smoothly than my original take on the same subject matter. It is much more polished, to be sure, but mostly I think that it is also much more representative of what Williams created for these films. The third film's score does not have as much in common with the other two, and I feel that I found a better balance with that material. I also managed to pack a much more varied presentation with roughly the same running time.

We're only a few months away from hearing Patrick Doyle's take on J.K. Rowling's world, which I'm looking forward to.
Tags: film music, my mixes
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