Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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||Prologue||John Williams||2:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Harry's Wondrous World||John Williams||5:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Arrival of Baby Harry||John Williams||4:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Visit to the Zoo / Letters from Hogwarts||John Williams||3:22||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Diagon Alley / The Gringotts Vault||John Williams||4:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters / The Journey to Hogwarts||John Williams||3:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Entry Into the Great Hall / The Banquet||John Williams||3:42||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Mr. Longbottom Flies||John Williams||3:35||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hogwarts Forever! / The Moving Stairs||John Williams||3:46||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Norwegian Ridgeback / A Change of Season||John Williams||2:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Quidditch Match||John Williams||8:28||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Christmas At Hogwarts||John Williams||2:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Invisibility Cloak / The Library Scene||John Williams||3:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Fluffy's Harp||John Williams||2:38||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||In the Devil's Snare / The Flying Keys||John Williams||2:20||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Chess Game||John Williams||3:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Face of Voldemort||John Williams||6:10||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Leaving Hogwarts||John Williams||2:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hedwig's Theme||John Williams||5:09||$1.29||View in iTunes|
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.
This soundtrack represents the wondrous world of Harry Potter in my eyes. The highlights for me are Prologue, Harry's Wondrous World, The Arrival of Baby Harry, Platform Nine-and-three-quarters, Entry Into the Great Hall, The Norweigian Ridgeback and a Change of Season, The Invisibility Cloak and Leaving Hogwarts.
If you are a Harry Potter fan and you wish for the magic to live on and on, please buy this soundtrack. You won't be disappointed!
This is a great album, although this being the Canadian store, why is it not the Philosopher's Stone?
Makes me feel like crying :(
I love HP so much and this soundtrack is magical. I'm incredibly sad Harry Potter has ended and every time I listen to this soundtrack it brings me back to the movie! LONG LIVE HARRY POTTER! :P
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