Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (soundtrack)

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Film score by Nicholas Hooper
Released 14 July 2009[1]
Recorded 2008
Genre Soundtrack
Length 62:40
Label New Line Records
Harry Potter chronology
Order of the Phoenix
(2007)
Half-Blood Prince
(2009)
Deathly Hallows – Part 1
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Empire 2/5 stars
Filmtracks 2/5 stars
Movie Music UK 4/5 stars
Movie Wave 3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the soundtrack to the 2009 film of the same name, written and composed by Nicholas Hooper. The score was conducted by Hooper alongside Alastair King. It is the second Harry Potter film to be scored by Hooper, who also composed the score for the previous film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The soundtrack was released on 14 July 2009, a day before the film's release, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture. The soundtrack is critically acclaimed and the most successful album of the series.

Marketing[edit]

On the Harry Potter website a preview of one of the tracks (Ginny) is played in the background.[2] On 17 June, a preview for three tracks was played in the background of film's updated official site.[3] A 15 second audio preview for 13 tracks from the soundtrack was released on 19 June via Virgin Mobile's website.[4] The soundtrack runs over 60 minutes in length.[5]

On 30 June, AOL Radio previewed the whole soundtrack online.[6]

Reception[edit]

On the Billboard issue dated 1 August 2009, the album debuted at number twenty-nine on the Billboard 200 chart, thus making it the highest charting soundtrack among all the six movie soundtracks released.[7] The soundtrack also charted at three on the Top Soundtracks Chart.[8]

Track listing[edit]

The complete track listing of the soundtrack was released on 5 June on Amazon.com.[9]

Original tracklist
No. Title Length
1. "Opening"   2:53
2. "In Noctem"   2:00
3. "The Story Begins"   2:05
4. "Ginny"   1:30
5. "Snape & the Unbreakable Vow"   2:50
6. "Wizard Wheezes"   1:42
7. "Dumbledore's Speech"   1:31
8. "Living Death"   1:55
9. "Into the Pensieve"   1:45
10. "The Book"   1:44
11. "Ron's Victory"   1:44
12. "Harry & Hermione"   2:52
13. "School!"   1:05
14. "Malfoy's Mission"   2:53
15. "The Slug Party"   2:11
16. "Into the Rushes"   2:33
17. "Farewell Aragog"   2:08
18. "Dumbledore's Foreboding"   1:18
19. "Of Love & War"   1:17
20. "When Ginny Kissed Harry"   2:38
21. "Slughorn's Confession"   3:33
22. "Journey to the Cave"   3:08
23. "The Drink of Despair"   2:44
24. "Inferi in the Firestorm"   1:53
25. "The Killing of Dumbledore"   3:34
26. "Dumbledore's Farewell"   2:22
27. "The Friends"   2:00
28. "The Weasley Stomp"   2:51
Total length:
62:40

Not included on the soundtrack were Friends And Love (a compilation of When Ginny Kissed Harry and Harry and Hermione, that came with purchasing a ticket for the movie on Fandango), Big Beat Repeat (heard in the Gryffindor common room after the Quidditch match) and a Track that could be named «Murder & Escape» (Music that can be heard when Dumbledore falls from the Astronomy Tower and Harry pursues Snape) by Josh Powell.

Track details[edit]

The orchestral ensemble for Hooper in The Half-Blood Prince is the same from the previous score, but a more significant role for light choir is a prominent addition. Thematically, the composer references his own ideas from the previous score and several elements from Williams' work.

Of the tracks displayed, two do not appear in the final film; "In Noctem" and "Wizard Wheezes". Two tracks from the previous film were added to the final film: "Fireworks" and "Dumbledore's Army". "In Noctem" was scored and filmed for the death at the end of the film, but did not make the final cut.

Hooper stated that "Placing John Williams' themes became obvious as we went along. The beginning of the film has to have at least a hint of Hedwig's Theme".

  • "Opening": After a brief quotage of "Hedwig's Theme", in which Hooper lift one note by semi-tone, elements of light choir are introduced. The use of Hooper's choral theme throughout the score is a reference to Dumbledore and the events that would entail, regarding his character and the climax of the film. A driving theme which reoccurs in "Into the Rushes" is used here to represent the Death Eaters and the havoc that they inflict in this sixth film. Hooper extends his use of percussion, with violent off-beat anvil that cuts through the repetitively propulsive, galvanic string figure.
  • "Ron's Victory": Hooper uses several variations on themes from Williams' piece "Quidditch, Third Year".

Awards[edit]

Award Category/Recipient(s) Result
Grammy Award Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Nicholas Hooper: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Warner Bros. Half-blood Prince". Warnerbros.com. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". Harrypotter.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  4. ^ by: sue. "Audio Previews of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Soundtrack Now Online". The Leaky Cauldron. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  5. ^ by: sue. "Bonus Content Due with Soundtrack for Half-Blood Prince". The Leaky Cauldron. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Jun 29th 2009 3:40PM by Serena Raymond (29 June 2009). "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Soundtrack - Exclusive Premiere". AOL Radio Blog. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Grein, Paul (19 July 2009). "Week Ending July 19, 2009: Daughtry Makes "Idol" History". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Trust, Gary (24 November 2010). "Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Beatles". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Complete Track Listings for Harry and the Half-Blood Prince Soundtrack. Retrieved on 6 June 2009.