|Released 14 July 2009|
Artist Nicholas Hooper
Label New Line Records
Release date 14 July 2009
(2009) Deathly Hallows – Part 1
Movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Similar Harry Potter and the Order, Harry Potter and the Goble, Harry Potter and the Death, Harry Potter and the Priso, Harry Potter and the Cham
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the soundtrack to the 2009 film of the same name, written and composed by Nicholas Hooper. The score was conducted by Hooper alongside Alastair King. It is the second Harry Potter film to be scored by Hooper, who also composed the score for the previous film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The soundtrack was released on 14 July 2009, a day before the film's release, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture. The soundtrack is critically acclaimed and the most successful album of the series.
On the Harry Potter website a preview of one of the tracks (Ginny) is played in the background. On 17 June, a preview for three tracks was played in the background of film's updated official site. A 15-second audio preview for 13 tracks from the soundtrack was released on 19 June via Virgin Mobile's website. The soundtrack runs over 60 minutes in length.
On 30 June, AOL Radio previewed the whole soundtrack online.
On the Billboard issue dated 1 August 2009, the album debuted at number twenty-nine on the Billboard 200 chart, thus making it the highest charting soundtrack among all the six movie soundtracks released. The soundtrack also charted at three on the Top Soundtracks Chart.
The complete track listing of the soundtrack was released on 5 June on Amazon.com.
Not included on the soundtrack were "Friends and Love" (a compilation of "When Ginny Kissed Harry" and "Harry and Hermione" that came with purchasing a ticket for the movie on Fandango), "Big Beat Repeat" (heard in the Gryffindor common room after the Quidditch match) by Josh Powell, and a track that could be named "Murder & Escape" (the music that can be heard when Dumbledore falls from the Astronomy Tower and Harry pursues Snape).
The orchestral ensemble for Hooper in Half-Blood Prince is the same as in the previous score, but a more significant role for light choir is a prominent addition. Thematically, the composer references his own ideas from the previous score and several elements from Williams's work.
Hooper stated that "Placing John Williams's themes became obvious as we went along. The beginning of the film has to have at least a hint of 'Hedwig's Theme'."
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