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The Princess Diaries
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Chris Klatman
Don Nemitz

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(December 11, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2008. A song compilation was released concurrently for the same film.
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Buy it... if you still have enough innocent prepubescent mentality to find John Debney's dainty and classically-inclined (but sufficiently contemporary) music to be a rewardingly upbeat experience.

Avoid it... if scores constructed purely out of cotton candy give you nothing more than heartburn.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #303
WRITTEN 1/28/02, REVISED 2/1/09
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The Princess Diaries: (John Debney) The story of The Princess Diaries has been around for decades, but Walt Disney Pictures gave it a royal makeover and aimed it at prepubescent kids and teenagers alike in this 2001 film adaptation. The Disney version starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews relies on charm and elegance to win the hearts of the audience rather than the typical slapstick kind of attractions being used in similarly targeted films. Energetic, predictable, and often far-fetched, the franchise-inducing film did modernize the story by using a selection of contemporary songs to heighten its appeal to young girls, and many of these songs were placed on the obligatory soundtrack compilation album. The film's genuine heart, however, necessitated a gentle fairy tale underscore, and John Debney was the Disney's usual man for this type of job. Attempting to avoid corniness wherever possible, Debney's task was to score a fantasy teen romance flick in royal settings with only a moderately sized orchestral ensemble and a handful of extremely short cue spots in which to do it. The score needed to fit the film in pieces that were typically no longer than a minute, making it more difficult to produce a coherent whole. The end result of Debney's tinkering is the score that anyone could have easily expected all along. For a straight forward and surprisingly un-hip approach to the The Princess Diaries story, Debney's score is equally square and conservative. Aside from the work's fragmented placement, the most difficult aspect of Debney's job was to combine his modern light guitar work with the waltz rhythmed orchestral representation of royalty (which is a stereotype that nearly anyone can buy into since waltzes exhibit an atmosphere of snobbery that functions perfectly for current ears). The instrumentation extends to the extensive use of a piano for the normal family setting, light synthetic percussion for the contemporary interactions, and even, strangely, a harmonica for short contribution of lamentation. The drawbacks of the score are few, but they typically involve the attempt by Debney to "royalize" his material to suit young Mia Thermopolis' discovery that she'll be the queen of an obscure European country.

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N.R.Q. - July 31, 2006, at 7:20 a.m.
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John Debney is a religious freak!!   Expand >>
Melion - July 10, 2005, at 12:31 p.m.
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Newest: December 27, 2005, at 4:31 p.m.by joshq
Micheal's Band's song   Expand >>
Lindsay - December 17, 2003, at 5:13 p.m.
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Newest: December 12, 2004, at 11:41 a.m.by christina
i loved it
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 30:32
• 1. Main Titles (0:56)
• 2. Queen Clarisse (0:53)
• 3. Mia Invites Lilly to the Ball (1:08)
• 4. The Princess Diaries Waltz (2:09)
• 5. Mia's Makeover (1:08)
• 6. Princess Lessons (0:55)
• 7. A New Mia (1:05)
• 8. Mia Flees (0:53)
• 9. Sorry, Dad (0:32)
• 10. Lana, The Traitor (1:01)
• 11. Mia Visits the Consulate (1:18)
• 12. Scooter Talk (0:58)
• 13. I Don't Want to Be a Princess (0:37)
• 14. Father Talk (1:00)
• 15. The Ball (0:37)
• 16. Meeting the Prime Minister (1:03)
• 17. A Letter from the King (1:16)
• 18. It's a Real Job (1:02)
• 19. Mia's Decision (2:18)
• 20. Learning to Walk (1:42)
• 21. Mia Apologizes (0:44)
• 22. Can I Call You Joe? (0:58)
• 23. The Kiss (1:18)
• 24. Harp Inetrlude (1:24)
• 25. Princess Diaries Medley (3:25)

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The insert contains a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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