I recently traveled to Philadelphia to hear a concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Justin Freer. They performed the world premiere of John Williams’s musical score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), accompanied by the film.
I was so impressed by the quality and cohesiveness of the music. It was clear that the orchestra and conductor had put a lot of work into preparing and rehearsing the concert. The sound within the music tent of the Mann Center was extremely clear and resonant, and the layout of speakers and screens throughout the grounds provided a great viewing experience for all others in attendance. The entire show also ran so smoothly, even throughout the frequent applause and cheers from the audience – the conductor and orchestra were able to stay focused and continue playing all the way through the end credits. I had no idea that the music had resumed on several occasions, as it was so seamless with the atmosphere and action of the film. This marriage of film and sound in a live concert was truly captivating.
Above all, the audience’s enthusiasm and genuine love for the film, music and story were overwhelming. The amazing turnout of people is a testament to the lasting impact of film and music.
So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.” – John Williams
Here are a couple of articles I found that talk about the cues from the score and other musical information-