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Re: Williams was scratched over by Williams
• Posted by: DKB   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, December 31, 2010, at 1:51 p.m.
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• In Response to: Williams was scratched over by Williams (Yahzee Skellington)

Thank you for pointing this out, as it seems that the entire world forgot it - except for Hedwig's theme, Williams went tabula rasa with Azkaban, and although the music was excellent, it was a far less thematic score than his previous efforts - he clearly was in a period in his career where he was writing for events, not characters.

Williams is so popular that some people will never accept anyone but him as a composer, and so once he retired we were doomed to this lack of continuity. That said, this is definitely the most "Williams-esque" score since he left.

> Sorry to differ with your opinion, but the truth is that the lack of a
> musical identity for the Harry Potter franchise begun when John Williams
> himself chose to omit his owns themes in Prisoner of Azkaban, only keeping
> Hedwig's Theme. Gone were the motifs and themes for Harry, Ron, Voldemort,
> Hogwarts, etc.

> No doubt Prisoner of Azkaban is an excellent score but it started the
> discontinuity. Doyle wasn't the one to blame, he only carried over the
> idea that maybe each film should have it's own music. Of course the three
> composers that followed Williams could have, and maybe should have, used
> more of Williams themes.

> As it stands, that's almost my only problem with the whole franchise, and
> one I'll always regret when Star Wars for instance, even with the many
> years between the first and the last one it still plays like a cohesive
> musical journey, but this is because Williams stayed for all of them.

> Maybe with Prisoner of Azkaban, Williams knew that he wouldn't return and
> decided that perhaps starting over was the way to go.

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