Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Lumos Musica!

EDIT 9/9/06: This is an obsolete track listing. This album has been redone.

I had been listening to the score from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban since I first got it, but until I saw the film, I didn't rip it to an mp3 CD with the albums for the previous two films. That is to say, I have now.

I have been listening to that mp3 CD, but mostly Azkaban. However, my car stereo starts the disc up from the beginning again, and so yesterday afternoon, after "Mischief Managed!" concluded, the player proceeded to the prologue from the first film.

It was then that I felt that an overview would be in order.

Instead of opening with the prologue from the first film, I felt that the more playful "Lumos!," from the third, would lead off the album beautifully.

I made a decision early on that the album would progress as a Harry Potter story, so no cues from Hogwarts show up until all of the selected cues that would occur before Hogwarts in the respective films would. As a result, the beginning of the album ramps up to the actual arrival at the school, which is announced by "Double Trouble," which welcomes the students back to school in the third film. The iconic cues "The Arrival of Baby Harry," "Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts" and "Platform Nine and Three-Quarters" from the first film are broken up by the lively "Aunt Marge's Waltz" and "The Flying Car" from the third and second films, respectively.

Once the album reaches Hogwarts, we have a melange of cues that illustrate the students' classes, so the blusterous "Gilderoy Lockhart" and the mischievous "Mr. Longbottom Flies" keep things light.

We soon get to material that deals with the developing storylines in the films. The thickly textured "Secrets of the Castle" and "A Window to the Past" from Azkaban are broken up by the French horn "Hogwarts Forever!" theme, which encapsulates the English boarding school millieu the films take place in.

"Christmas at Hogwarts and the Mirror of Erised" is actually a heavily edited track, as the "Christmas at Hogwarts" cue has an odd song portion that would have been out of place on this compilation. "The Mirror of Erised," which focuses on Harry's family theme - itself a variation on "Harry's Wondrous World," is originally "The Library Scene," (and it was part of a longer track which included "The Invisibility Cloak") but this title was more descriptive. The active closing of this cue brings us into the more tense "Follow the Spiders" from Chamber of Secrets.

Two cues dealing with the euphoria of flight follow, the first being the set-piece of Philosopher's Stone, "The Quidditch Match," which features most of the thematic material from that film (including Voldemort's theme), along with the trancendental "Buckbeak's Flight." After all of that, I let a little air in with the playful "Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle," which leads into the beautiful "A Change of Season," again focusing on the family arrangment of "Harry's Wondrous World," which leads us to the penultimate part of the album.

At this point, tension is ratcheted up with the first film's "The Chess Game," a white-knuckled cue that sets up the apocalyptic "Dueling the Basilisk," the climax of Chamber of Secrets, featuring the soaring theme for Fawkes. The gorgeous choral "The Patronus Light" clears the air for the emotional "Reunion of Friends" from Chamber of Secrets, which brings the body of the album to a close.

The final portion of this album is an end credits suite, consisting of the main themes from each film in their concert forms as they appear at the end of each film. I shortened "Mischief Managed!" in order to avoid repetition, and chose the more lively recording of "Harry's Wondrous World" from The Chamber of Secrets. The album closes with the original version of "Hedwig's Theme."

Special notice must be made of Randy Kerber, whose celeste solos have given these scores so much of their character. Although there are plenty of re-recordings of "Hedwig's Theme," none of them get it exactly right.

Harry Potter
Years One, Two and Three


Lumos! (1:31) (c)
The Arrival of Baby Harry (2:08) (a)
Aunt Marge's Waltz (2:10) (c)
Visit to the Zoo and Letters from Hogwarts (2:50) (a)
The Flying Car (2:13) (b)
Platform Nine and Three-Quarters and the Journey to Hogwarts (3:08) (a)
Double Trouble* (1:32) (c)
Gilderoy Lockhart (2:00) (b)
Mr. Longbottom Flies (3:25) (a)
The Secrets of the Castle (2:27) (c)
Hogwarts Forever! (1:47) (a)
A Window to the Past (3:50) (c)
Christmas at Hogwarts and the Mirror of Erised (2:40) (a)
Follow the Spiders (1:00) (b)
The Quidditch Match (8:16) (a)
Buckbeak's Flight (1:47) (c)
Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle (0:55) (b)
Hagrid the Professor (1:55) (c)
A Change of Season (0:58) (a)
The Chess Game (3:33) (a)
Dueling the Basilisk (4:52) (b)
The Patronus Light (1:05) (c)
Reunion of Friends (5:04) (b)

End Credits Suite
Harry's Wondrous World (4:56) (b)
Fawkes, the Pheonix (3:40) (b)
The Chamber of Secrets (3:45) (b)
Mischief Managed! (2:49) (c)
Hedwig's Theme (5:01) (a)

Orchestrations by Conrad Pope and Eddie Karam

(a)(c) Orchestra Conducted by John Williams
(b)London Symphony Orchestra Conducted by William Ross

Featuring the London Voices Choir and Randy Kerber, Celeste
(c) Features the Ducay Collective, Early Music Instruments

* Text Adapted from Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I
Written by William Shakespeare
Sung by the London Oratory School Schola

Engineered by Simon Rhodes (a)(b) and Shawn Murphy (c)
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
Tags: film music
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