The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two in Four Contemporary Suites

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two in Four Contemporary Suites

by Imogen Heap
The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two in Four Contemporary Suites

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two in Four Contemporary Suites

by Imogen Heap

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Overview

In July of 2016, the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in the West End. An official spin-off of the J.K. Rowling franchise, it's set 19 years after the seventh and final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows. During early rehearsals, the production used songs from Imogen Heap's 2014 album Sparks as a stand-in before deciding to approach the alt-pop singer/songwriter about composing the score for the show. Though she borrowed heavily from her own existing songs, Heap's themes were newly arranged, recorded, and generally repurposed for the stage. (Elements of her song "Tiny Human," for instance, can be heard in the very different "Dragon!") Two years after the play's London premiere, Heap presents a reworked version of the score "in four contemporary suites," which piece together over 100 music cues from the live production. Consisting of offbeat, partly electronic chamber music with (mostly) wordless singing in the mix, it drifts in and out of new agey keyboard atmosphere; sparkling, drum machine-driven electronica; and dramatic, plot-inspired score. An example of the latter can be heard on the brisk "Anything from the Trolley, Dears?" It conveys a fantastical trolley ride via melodic and staccato strings, mallet percussion, ethereal vocals, crescendoing cymbals, and wind effects. In a similar vein, Suite Two's "Dragons!" makes playful use of horns, plucked strings, keys, and marching and rock-style drums. Later, Dumbledore is introduced with plucked harp and airy female voice, and Moaning Myrtle is represented by muted, vibraphone-like tones. Rare lyrics are delivered choral-style on "Edge of the Forest," also from Suite Two. Suite Three opens on a darker, more rock-edged note, while a track like Suite Four's "Something Written" is led by more pastoral arpeggiated piano. Like the rest of the album, however, both of the latter are anchored in an otherworldly, part-mechanical atmosphere. Whimsical and relatively bright throughout despite the lurking threat of high-stakes danger, Heap captures the magical spirit and energy of the Harry Potter world on Four Contemporary Suites with a synthy palette quite distinct from the familiar John Williams film scores. To her credit, it's just as fitting and effective. ~ Marcy Donelson

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2018
Label: Classical / Masterworks
UPC: 0190759011423
Rank: 1589

Tracks

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Platform 9 3/4
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Hogwarts Express
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Welcome to Hogwarts
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Wand Dance
  5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Albus Severus Potter
  6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Blanket
  7. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Hut on the Rock
  8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~A Malfoy
  9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Anything from the Trolley, Dears?
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Ministry of Magic
  11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~St Oswald's
  12. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Wizarding World
  13. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Shadows and Spirits
  14. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Privet Drive
  15. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~McGonagall's Office
  16. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Forbidden Forest
  17. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Edge of the Forest
  18. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Dragons!
  19. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Dumbledore
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Staircase Ballet
  21. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Duel
  22. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Invisibility Cloak
  23. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Moaning Myrtle
  24. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Scorpius Alone
  25. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~A World of Darkness
  26. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Another Hogwarts
  27. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Dementors
  28. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Expecto Patronum
  29. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~In Trouble (Again)
  30. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Slytherin Dormitory
  31. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Owlery
  32. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~A New Prophecy
  33. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Augurey
  34. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Extraordinary General Meeting
  35. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Godric's Hollow
  36. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Paint and Memory
  37. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Something Written
  38. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Final Battle
  39. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~The Arrival
  40. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Lily and James
  41. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~Burning Bed
  42. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child~A Nice Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Imogen Heap   Primary Artist,Cello,Drums,Piano,Vocals,Celeste,Clarinet,Percussion,Vibraphone
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Magnus Johnston   Violin
Emma Smith   Violin
Oliver Langford   Violin
Evie Hilyer-Ziegler   Violin
Hannah Brock   Guzheng
Imogen Ridge   Harp
Nuns at Penjor Choling Nunnery   Choir/Chorus
London Contemporary Voices   Choir/Chorus
Vicki Matthews   Cello
A Aziz   Percussion
David Horwich   French Horn
Hoang Nguyen   Cello
Scout Heap-Lebor   Percussion
Simon Minshall   Trombone
Stephanie Appelhans   Violin
Yasin Guendisch   Viola
A. Aziz   Percussion
Love the Earth   Orchestra
David Juritz   Violin
Leo Abrahams   Guitar,Guitar (Electric)
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Mich Gerber   Bass,Double Bass
Nitin Sawhney   Guitar,Guitar (Acoustic)
Arve Henriksen   Trumpet
B.o.B   Vocals
Chris Laurence   Bass,Double Bass
Metro Voices   Choir/Chorus
Ian Burdge   Cello
Rachel Robson   Viola
Richie Mills   Drums,Vocals,Vocals (Background)
Linda Neil   Violin
Laura Samuel   Violin
Holst Singers   Choir/Chorus
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Vicky Matthews   Cello
Vince Sipprell   Viola
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Laurence Love Greed   Violin,Vocals
Vishal Dadlani   Vocals
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Chris Vatalaro   Percussion
Steven Hoggett   Director
Kheng Sonam Dorji   Dranyem
Vishal & Shekhar   Co-Producer
Diego Romano   Violin
The Docklands Sinfonia   Orchestra

Technical Credits

Manuel Harlan   Producer
Tom Pigott-Smith   Leader
Scott Farthing   Project Executive
Clarence Montgomery III   Composer
Peter Stoddard   Engineer
Neil Austin   Lighting Design
Alexis Michallek   Assistant,Assistant Engineer
Aka   Artwork
Diane Benjamin   Project Manager
Gareth Fry   Sound Design
Meg Massey   Project Manager
Rene Bergeron   Arranger
Simon Heyworth   Mastering Engineer
Imogen Heap   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Producer,Interviewee,Mixing Engineer
Arve Henriksen   Composer
Beth Miller   Music Business Affairs
Rob Thomas   Programming
Fiona Cruickshank   Engineer
Linda Neil   Composer
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Christine Jones   Set Design
Mark Cavell   Project Executive
Jenny Anderson   Photography
John Prestage   Assistant Engineer
Martin Lowe   Arranger,Composer,Music Supervisor
Tris Penna   Consultant
Laurence Love Greed   Programming
Shekhar Ravjiani   Composer
Vishal Dadlani   Composer
Vishal & Shekhar   Producer
Katrina Lindsay   Costume Design
Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.   Composer
Ben Henretig   Engineer
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