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I’ll be leaving shortly for a midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but before I go I wanted to post this.

One of my favorite tracks from the CD of Alexandre Desplat’s score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is “Ron’s Speech.” You can listen to it here:

When the “Ron and Hermione in the Chamber of Secrets” scene was leaked on YouTube, I’ll admit I couldn’t resist watching it. I noticed that “Ron’s Speech” is the basis for the musical theme which accompanies their long-awaited kiss. Listen to it at this link, but only if you want to be spoiled.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KrbLB6MN38&feature=player_embedded

You won’t hear the complete theme, but a shorter variation of it. The tempo and rhythm have been altered, but it is definitely based on “Ron’s Speech.” Desplat does what John Williams was famous for writing in his highly-acclaimed Star Wars scores. He is using a shorter variant of a complete theme as a leitmotif. (This German musical term refers to a recurring melody, chord progression, or chord which is associated with a particular person, place, or idea in an opera, or in this case, a film score. You will encounter this term if you study the music of the German Romantic period composer Richard Wagner, who was the undisputed master of the sublime use of leitmotifs in his music dramas.) I have listened to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 soundtrack CD, and I didn’t hear many other new examples of this theme, but I will be listening for it at the cinema tonight. There is one example of it on the CD that I’ll mention later in this blog post, which was so subtle that I missed it the first time I heard it. The music for the Ron and Hermione kissing scene wasn’t on the new DH2 CD, so I am wondering what other musical surprises are in store for us tonight. If you haven’t listened to the new soundtrack CD yet, I can honestly say I was very impressed with it. Desplat does use variations of John Williams’ “Hedwig’s Theme” most effectively throughout the score, as well as bringing back some of the more memorable themes he composed for DH1. Of the new melodies Desplat introduces, Lily’s Theme is one of the most haunting. Listen for it during Severus’ death scene (“Snape’s Demise” on the CD) and at other key moments in which Lily’s love plays an important role, such as during the “Resurrection Stone” scene. In this audio example, you will hear the theme introduced by a lone female vocalist, followed by a texturally fuller presentation of the theme by the string section. The female vocal rendition reminds me of plainchant, specifically the chants composed by the German saint and mystic, St. Hildegard von Bingen, a great female composer of the Medieval Period.

Listen for a pianissimo variant of “Hedwig’s Theme” and and a vocalization of “Lily’s Theme” during the track called “Snape’s Demise.”

This track is “Harry’s Sacrifice.” You will hear the “heroic” thematic material that Desplat introduced at the very beginning Deathly Hallows Part One and fragments of “Hedwig’s Theme,” which in my opinion ought to be renamed “Harry’s Theme” because that is how it has functioned throughout the entire film series. What stunned me the most about it is that during this track you hear a very subtle and sorrowful rendition of the Ron/Hermione love theme at the beginning and again, starting around 1:13. Pure genius!

Another one of my favorite tracks on the new CD is “Dragon Flight” in which you can hear a bold statement of “Hedwig’s Theme” made by the trumpet section, which is followed by a absolutely triumphal presentation of Lily’s Theme by the violins. This one gave me the chills! 🙂

I may have more to say about the score after I have seen the film. Now I’m off to the Midnight screening!

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Here’s the rumored track listing for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two  soundtrack CD by Alexandre Desplat. According to amazon.com, the CD is scheduled for release on July 12, 2011. (These track titles are not confirmed by a reliable source just yet. I’ll update this post when I know for certain.)

UPDATE: June 16, 2011. These were not the real track listings. See below for the correct listing.

1. “Chaos” – 1:23
2. “At Shell Cottage” – 1:34
3. “Ollivander” – 2:15
4. “The Gringotts Assault” – 3:56
5. “Escape from the Vaults” – 2:01
6. “Voldemort’s Dread” – 1:13
7. “Horcruxes” – 2:06
8. “Apparition from the Void” – 3:34
9. “Hogsmeade” – 2:17
10. “Aberforth” – 4:53
11. “Albus and Gellert” – 2:04
12. “Threat over Hogwarts” – 0:49
13. “Dumbledore’s Army” – 1:41
14. “Professor McGonnagall” – 2:07
15. “The Flight” – 0:35
16. “The Dark Lord Conspires” – 2:08
17. “The Battle Theme” – 9:12
18. “The Kiss” – 1:21
19. “Attack on the Woods” – 1:04
20. “Chamber of Secrets” – 2:28
21. “Destruction of Souls” – 2:03
22. “Fiendfyre” – 3:12
23. “Thoughts and Memories” – 3:03
24. “Seeing the Light” – 1:54
25. “King’s Cross” – 2:20
26.”The End of the Battle” – 4:31
27. “Triumph Theme” – 3:46
28. “King’s Cross #2/Hedwig’s Theme (The End Of The Story)” – 6:12

Let’s hope “The Kiss” refers to the Ron/Hermione kiss the fans have been anticipating. After all, Harry and Ginny have a love theme already. I’ve said for years that Ron and Hermione should have their own romantic theme. Their fans have waited long enough! 🙂

UPDATE: June 16, 2011. The correct track listing has been confirmed.  Here it is:

1. “Lily’s Theme” – 02:28
2. “The Tunnel” – 01:09
3. “Underworld” – 05:24
4. “Gringotts” – 02:24
5. “Dragon Flight” – 01:43
6. “Neville” – 01:40
7. “A New Headmaster” – 03:25
8. “Panic Inside Hogwarts” – 01:53
9. “Statues” – 02:22
10. “The Grey Lady” – 05:51
11. “In the Chamber of Secrets” – 01:37
12. “Battlefield” – 02:13
13. “The Diadem” – 03:08
14. “Broomsticks and Fire” – 01:24
15. “Courtyard Apocalypse” – 02:00
16. “Snape’s Demise” – 02:51
17. “Severus and Lily” – 06:08
18. “Harry’s Sacrifice” – 01:57
19. “The Resurrection Stone” – 04:32
20. “Harry Surrenders” – 01:30
21. “Procession” – 02:07
22. “Neville the Hero” – 02:17
23. “Showdown” – 03:37
24. “Voldemort’s End” – 02:44
25. “A New Beginning” – 01:39

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This TV spot explains the Horcrux mission and shows more of the Locket of Slytherin and Kreacher.

Mugglenet has reported that Alexandre Desplat will be composing the score to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/3921

You can listen to the soundtrack that Desplat wrote for Deathly Hallows Part One here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhtZB96yWNQ&feature=related

11 days left! 🙂

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Ron desperately wants to save Hermione from Bellatrix.

Bellatrix threatens Hermione at knifepoint.

Hermione collapses into Ron's arms.

Hermione has disguised Ron as... Sirius Black?!? lol!

Why couldn't Epilogue Ron look like grown-up Rupert? 😉

You can listen to the very emotional “Ron Leaves” from the Deathly Hallows Part One soundtrack here: http://franklymydear.tumblr.com/post/1500141703/kissesandhugsofvodka-this-beautifully-sad-3 I think I will bring lots of tissues to this movie because I know I will cry quite a lot while viewing it. This music is so sad. 😦

Every Harry Potter fan site I frequent is just full of spoilery goodness. Ron/Hermione fans are going crazy with anticipation for this film. 12 days left! 🙂

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Snitch Seeker has the track listing for the CD of Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One here: 

 http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/deathly-hallows-i-original-soundtrack-full-tracklist-and-collectors-box-set-revealed-77046/ 

You can also see what the collector’s box set will look like and read a description of its contents. The track listing for the CD is as follows:

 1-1 Obliviate – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-2 Snape to Malfoy Manor – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-3 Polyjuice Potion – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-4 Sky Battle – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-5 At The Burrow – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-6 Harry and Ginny – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-7 The Will – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-8 Death Eaters – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-9 Dobby – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-10 Ministry of Magic – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-11 Detonators – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-12 The Locket – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-13 Fireplaces Escape – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-14 Ron Leaves – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-15 The Exodus – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-16 Godric’s Hollow Graveyard – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-17 Bathilda Bagshot – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-18 Hermione’s Parents – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-19 Destroying the Locket – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-20 Ron’s Speech – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-21 Lovegood – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-22 The Deathly Hallows – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-23 Captured and Tortured – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-24 Rescuing Hermione – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-25 Farewell to Dobby – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys
1-26 The Elder Wand – London Symphony Orchestra – Clive Bell – Jakob Lindberg – Alexandre Desplat – London Voices – The London Oratory Boys

You can pre-order the CD here:

http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Deathly-Hallows-Part/dp/B0043URV8M/&tag=snitchseekerc-20

Or you can order the collector’s edition here:

http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Deathly-Hallows-Part/dp/B0047VEE0U/&tag=snitchseekerc-20

I am really looking forward to hearing Desplat’s  score for the new film. I am a music teacher by profession, a flute player, and a school band conductor. Yes, that’s right. I’m a conductor. I’m living proof that you can make a career out of “foolish wand waving,” even in the muggle world. 😉

UPDATE: You can listen to sound samples here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00494M52O/

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