I watched “Harry Potter and the deathly hallows” the other day and since then I have been plagued by a tune from the movie. The tune is one I have heard so often that I know it by heart, but I don’t know its origins. Unfortunately Its not exactly the theme song of the movie, so a simple google of “Harry Potter theme tune” didn’t turn up anything.
I next guessed that it must be by a famous composer, so started going through youtube’s collection of great composers. I didn’t find the one I was looking for, but I did come across some real favorites. I have added in brackets the things that came to mind when I heard them. (I recommend you search for these on youtube, they are magnificent)
1. beethoven’s 5th (Phantom of the opera)
2. William Tell overture (horse racing)
3. Sabre Dance (circus scenes)
4. Beethoven’s Fur Elise (clock alarms and musical jewel boxes)
5. Carl orffs – “O fortuna” (old spice)
6. Beethovens Ode to joy
I then went in search of “chase music” or music used as background for chase scenes and found this gem.
I still didn’t find what I was looking for so I then tried
and thats when I finally found it. The Hall of the Mountain king by Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt
The video below gives a great visualization of how the piece gets used (abused??) in the movies!
Classical music is so rich, it seems to have a tune for every human emotion.