Order of the totally new and random composer

2 Aug

Sadly, it was confirmed today that Nicholas Hooper, and not John Williams, is composing the music for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Now, I’ve never heard anything that he’s written, and he may be a great composer. But it’s a mistake to not hire John Williams.
Harry Potter is a long story, taking place over seven episodes. The music should grow with the characters. This doesn’t necessarily mean the same composer should write all seven scores, but whoever does write the score has to take the score from the previous movie(s), and develop its themes just as the characters develop.
So far, they’ve only managed to do this half the time. The score for the first movie, written by John Williams, is great and iconic. You know the Harry Potter theme.
The score for the second movie, not written by John Williams, isn’t as good, and isn’t really anything new, it just replays the themes from the first movie, and ads some filler music.
The score for the third movie, written by John Williams, is brilliant. He took his themes from the first score and developed and grew them, similar to the way the characters develop and grow in the movie.
The score for the fourth movie, not written by John Williams, is ok. It doesn’t just replay the old themes, which is good, and it does add some new themes, but it doesn’t take the old themes and grow them.

When you listen to the music from all seven movies, you should hear the story. So far, you don’t.

Here’s an example of what I mean. This is a sample from the first score. It’s probably familiar.

That’s the main theme, and it perfectly captures the innocence, magic, and joy of the first movie/book. That sounds like who Harry Potter is in that first movie.
Now, here’s a sample from the score to the third movie. It not only sounds like who Harry Potter is in that movie, it sounds like the main theme from the first one, but older, less innocent, and more developed. It’s perfect.


It’s sadder, and less magical sounding, because Harry’s world becomes less magical, and sadder, as the story goes on.

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4 Responses to “Order of the totally new and random composer”

  1. kirawen August 3, 2006 at 5:13 pm #

    OMG LOOK! LOOK NOW!!!! http://www.warrenellis.com/pfile/pvad.jpg

  2. kirawen August 3, 2006 at 7:04 pm #

    Why haven’t you looked at it yet? D:< lol

    • junorhane August 4, 2006 at 5:03 am #

      What the hell?
      Hello Darth Kitty?

      • kirawen August 4, 2006 at 2:31 pm #

        Yeah ::snickers:: innit great? Meow! ^_^

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