Nicholas Hooper on Half-Blood Prince Score: News on Discarded Choir Piece in Latin, Cave Scene


Jul 12, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Scorenotes has a brand new interview with composer Nicholas Hooper on this score for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Of interest are new comments on a discarded piece for choir set in Latin, writing the romantic themes for scenes such as the Harry/Ginny Kiss, writing for the Inferi in the Cave scene and much more. To listen click here (SPOILER caution). The soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released on Tuesday, with a link to a digital download for the music as well as exclusive content.

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26 Responses to Nicholas Hooper on Half-Blood Prince Score: News on Discarded Choir Piece in Latin, Cave Scene

Avatar ImageDark Yoda says: Very interesting... First to post?Avatar ImageNarcissaABlack says: Although no choir existed in Hogwarts, it would be awesome for them to sing in Latin. Ahem, possibly a song for them to learn their spells to. Imagine, expelliarmus, reparo, and sectumsempra all in the same line. Why NOT! I learned world history according to Billy Joel's: We Didn't Start the Fire.Avatar Imagetina_als_girl says: Does anyone know if the Sectumsempra counter-curse will be song-like in the movie, like how it was described in the book?Avatar ImageSaneAsYouAre says: well now I'm pouting - why do they have to tell us about a choir piece if it got cut? thats just mean... (Personally I like to think that there WAS musical opportunities at Hogwarts, and that since we saw things through Harry's point of view - we just didn't see it)... (I'm still on the lookout for a large stuffed frog to go with my Hogwarts Student outfit I've put together, because I LOVE the song Double Trouble - and if we'd had one in Latin it would have been even better! - said the girl who sings Latin in the shower: Sicut cervus, desederat ad fontes...)Avatar ImageLucia Meadows says: But movie!Hogwarts does have a choir. Professor Flitwick conducts, and they sang "Double Trouble" in Prisoner of Azkaban, then we saw Flitwick's inspection by Umbridge while he was directing vocal exercises. The original place for "In Noctem" would have been an interesting contrast, so let's hope for it to be a deleted scene on the DVD!Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: Why must Ravenclaw's Head of house have to conduct the choir? Why not Snape? That would be funner!Avatar ImagePax says: Or as the the bonus content on CD's would be nice! :)Avatar ImageT-Vey says: so ummm... a fews months ago I was reading a leaked script of the movie containing a couple scenes, one of which included this choir scene, and I have to say, it sounded very cool, and i was looking forward to seeing it... Basically it was cutting back and forth from the high tension right after Harry and Dumbledore's return from the cave, to Draco and the choir. I believe it it cut from Harry and Dumbledore's return, to the choir in the Great Hall, then to McGonagall looking into the mysterious clouds in the sky, the choir, and Snape looking into the sky. (?) Also, Draco climbs out of bed, past the choir, and to the Room of Requirement, where he knows it is time to open the vanishing cabinet. I did read somewhere before this interview, however, that the scene was going to be cut because it broke the momentum between the scene of the Cave and the Astronomy Tower. (I'll be happy either way... I just want the real movie!!)Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is a pity that this choir piece was omitted from the final film, as I am certain that this musical creation would have complemented and enhanced the tension and anxiety running through the climax with remarkable ease.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: He does a pretty good job. But I still prefer John Williams.Avatar ImageOuroboros says: Ah, I've got my tickets to the midnight release. ; D I'll definitely be going decked out in Slytherin appreal and house colors as per every year. I'd loev to see the choir back again. I loved those frogs so very much. Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burns and cauldrons bubble~? Is that it? Avatar Imagegeneliz says: news about hbp = makes me even more excited. ohh my goodness. <3 Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: the music is amazingAvatar Imagedeadtree says: aww, that's too bad-- I love choral pieces!Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: I ordered mine!Avatar ImageXGryffindor_loveX says: i've heard all of them & they are wonderful! heres the link if you wanna hear: Imagesianletley says: I love all the harry potter music. Avatar ImageKC Nox says: too bad!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: On amazon it says it wont be released to the 21st?? Ah why? Help!!Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: Cannot wait for the midnight showAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: sooo excited :) :)!!!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Choir piece would have been lovely, like the one innnn, PoA I believe? I can't wait for the soundtrack! I'm thinking of actually buying it this time...Avatar ImageAurora_7 says: I listened to some of the soundtrack a few days ago and I really liked it. One of the choir tracks is so haunting, and it's nice to hear it in a HP movie. Somewhat different to that of the choir in PoA, but very good.Avatar ImagePhylis says: I enjoyed the interview very much. It was interesting to hear the different parts of the score and how they fit together. This is one I will have to have!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Interesting...Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: glad there are more tracks than on the ootp one

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