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

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678349126
  • Catalog Number: 83491
  • Sales rank: 3,355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
London Voices Choir, Chorus
Randy Kerber Celeste
John Williams [composer] Conductor
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Composer
Simon Rhodes Engineer
Chris Columbus Liner Notes
Shawn Murphy Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSOME!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A brilliant piece of work, one of John Williams's best

    John Williams, easily one of today's top scorewriters, continues to impress with his work on the Harry Potter franchise. The score to the first film is incredible from start to finish, and shows he knows just what he's doing when scoring a film. From the frantic intensity of the regimental drums during The Chess Game to the soaring melodies of Harry's Wondrous World, this soundtrack captures the magic and feel of not only the film it belongs with, but the book it was inspired by. This is easily some of Williams's best work to date, and Hedwig's Theme will linger as one of the most memorable film themes of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It converted me!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply the best soundtrack for a movie...Period!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful and Magical

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I really like this soundtrack!!!!!!!

    I admit that this is a very great soundtrack. I can't read all Harry Potter books without this soundtrack. I even listen to it everytime I'm going to bed. I wanna say congrats to John Williams for such a wonderful music. Harry Potter rocks!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    harry Potter is so Cool!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Music

    John William's music really suits the movie. It's fantastic and I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HARRY POTTER SOUNDTRACK!!!!!!!!

    I love this sound track. I wish i had this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best soundtrack around

    i love john willams's music! he is by far the best modern composer! he has a way to high light ever instrument(especailly the french horn). this cd not only recalls to events in the movie but was composed that it could also be performed in a symphony!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Harry Potter clips of the movie

    I loved these clips. They really go with the book. When the clips are playing, you can picture what's going on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'd give it more stars if i could

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible...I Loved It!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITS SOO GOOD!!

    OMG EVERYONE HAS TO RUN OUT THE DOOR AND GET THIS CD ITS BRILLIANT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Soundtrack and Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    harry potter review

    I think that Harry Potter was a good movie and I think there should be more movies for the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Devoted Fan Who Loves Figure Skating

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HARRY POTTER RULES!!!!!!!

    This is an awesome soundtrack! I'm listening to it right now! It was a kick-butt french horn part for it's theme (I play the french horn!). The soundtrack fits perfectly with the movie! EVERYONE SHOULD BUY THIS SOUNDTRACK!

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