Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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Tangentialus! (Yesterday's Harry Potter readathon)

I feel I can admit this after hearing Rick Emerson talk today about how he spent time figuring out what music to play while reading the seventh Harry Potter novel (he finally settled on a cello CD), because I did the same thing. I wanted instrumental music, nothing too discordant, with a tinge of fantasy to it. And I took the deciding process pretty seriously; yes, I'm a geek, as if there was ever doubt.

I thus now present the soundtrack to my reading of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

Patrick Doyle's score to A Little Princess (Doyle did the waltz-friendly score to Goblet of Fire, by the way)

Orchestra-and-piano pieces by George Gershwin, including "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris"

Danny Elfman's score to Big Fish (twice), and later his concert piece "Serenada Schizophrana"

Bernard Herrmann's scores to Vertigo and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

John Williams: all three Star Wars prequels

Gustav Holst, "The Planets" (which, I think, was a musical influence on Williams's "Hedwig's Theme")

Howard Shore's scores for all three Lord of the Rings films
Tags: books, music

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