Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [Original Soundtrack]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [Original Soundtrack]

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by John Williams [composer]
     
 

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That the film version of J. K. Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone succeeds in re-creating the novel's magical atmosphere owes much to this richly imaginative symphonic score by John Williams. Of course, as the composer behind enchanting movie soundtracks from E.T. to A.I., Williams is no stranger to musical fantasy and

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That the film version of J. K. Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone succeeds in re-creating the novel's magical atmosphere owes much to this richly imaginative symphonic score by John Williams. Of course, as the composer behind enchanting movie soundtracks from E.T. to A.I., Williams is no stranger to musical fantasy and wonder. He's the natural choice to provide the backdrop for young Harry's adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The music sets a fairy-tale tone from the outset, featuring a solo on the music-box chimes of the celeste, a distinctive sound that recurs throughout the score. But this opening tune isn't just fairy dust -- it also contains a hint of mystery, an omen of the wizardly potential Harry has yet to realize, and the dangers he will encounter as he does so. Williams's orchestration shows great variety, from the festive brass fanfares that herald Harry's arrival at Hogwarts to the swirling strings, harps, and wordless choruses that conjure up the supernatural world. Delightful episodes such as the frantic "Quidditch Match" allow free rein to the composer's creativity, while the ominous "Face of Voldemort" shows his ability to build a dramatic climax. By turns whimsical, otherworldly, nostalgic, and majestic, Williams provides the perfect musical backdrop, not only for the blockbuster film but also for rereading Rowling's irresistible novels.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678349126
catalogNumber:
83491
Rank:
2658

Tracks

  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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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [Original Soundtrack] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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It is very good music. When I first heard the music I was absolutely amazed. It was so good that my band director bought it and let us listen to it for a whole class period. I really liked the music because it can relate to the Harry Potter very well and the music is so smooth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! i love harry potter sound tracks and think the other ones are great! I love the books and also think that its great to read it with the sound tracks
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is going to be HOT...i never thought harry potter would have a soundtrack or a movie...when i saw this my jaw dropped...THIS IS GOING TO BE HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Harry potter Sound track and movie is so cool!!I mean I have watched the movie a million times and if I'm not watching the movie I'm listening to the the sound track! p.s Wait it go actors!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this CD in my classroom and I loved it. It captures the magic of the movie so you can feel magical all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved these clips. They really go with the book. When the clips are playing, you can picture what's going on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT. The music in this album is addictive. I love how to music is able to express feeling. Also if you have read the book or seen the movie, the music is so expresive you can almost see in your head what part the music is supposed to correspond with. I highly recomend this album to any Harry Potter fan, or music fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being in the movie, everyone thinks I HAVE to give good ratings to anything that has to deal with Harry Potter. This is no acting here, this soundtrack is excellent. You can picture what is happening in the movie and book when you hear the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that for a fact the Soundtrack and the movie is going to be a hit. It's so popular as it is, and I have already heard some of the clips and they are beautiful. I am defiantly going to purchase this cd. So should you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that these songs will better enhance the mood of the story line. When I listen to this music, I could tell you what Harry, Ron, or Hermione is saying. It puts words into my mouth. My favorite song by far is the chess game. I liket he energetic vibe it gives off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John William's music really suits the movie. It's fantastic and I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The score for this movie really tells the whole story of Harry potter and the sorcerers stone I love it! I can even play some of the prolouge don't think I spelled that right :) on the piano! This is going to be #1 i can feel it so BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, my god!!! I just finished listening to this soundtrack, and Mr. Williams has really outdone himself. It matches the mood of the books perfectly! Absolutely beautiful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not words to describe this Soundtrack. John William's best music. "Leaving Hogwarts" is one of the most beautiful 2 minutes piece that I have ever heard in my life. If you don't cry listening this part you certainly you will be close.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this soundtrack to be amazing. Some of the songs give me the goosebumps, and they go along with the movie so well!! I can feel the mystery and magic in the air, see the characters and what they are doing. The only thing I wondered about was where did the music that was played as they enter Diagon alley and to be sorted go?? Maybe I just missed it. That was one of my favourite songs, so that is why I noticed. Anyways, fantastic soundtrack, definitely buy it if you enjoyed the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this could be given more than five stars, I know many people would have. This is the most wonderful work I have heard in a long time. John Williams outdid himself with this one, and I hope he does the scores for the subesequent movies. The music skaters choose to skate to very often reflects the movies they have seen and like. I know I will be hearing a lot of skaters using Harry Potter for years to come. It will be interesting to see how it is used...there is plenty there for everyone at all skill levels. I will enjoy this season for sure just because of the music alone. Thank you!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually HATED classical/instrumental music, but this CD converted me. The songs were so wonderfully calming that it helped me relax while reading and doing homework-I'd recomend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Harry Potter was a good movie and I think there should be more movies for the other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT is a very lovely and interesting work. After listening to it all day yesterday I can home from work and my kids were watching Dexter's Lab. Does anyone else think Hedwig's Theme sounds like the opening music to Dexter?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the music. It is so magical and It reminds me of the book. I can't wait for the movie and to hear the music on it. If you love Harry Potter you'll love this CD. Just listen to the clips!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is amazing. I've already listened to it numerous times and it's wonderful. It's absolutely magical!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is amazing .It has music pieces from the movie. Its cool
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is wonderful.I have not heard anything like it before. John Willams has out done himself on these songs. The music really fit the movie perfect. I give this soundtrack two thums up.