Last month we let you know that Nicholas Hooper was working on the film score for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the Abbey Road Studios.
In a new interview (PDF, scroll down to page 4) with the composer, Mr. Hooper describes the process for the film as well as the themes for the soundtrack:
David Yates and I talked very carefully about how we should approach Warner Bros. First of all, we put together good examples of work I had done on other projects for the producers in England. In consultation with them, we then put together a palette of ideas for different aspects of the film which we then presented to Warner Bros. This was accepted, and included one or two bigger musical ideas which eventually got used in the final score.
We all felt that it was essential that we use John Williams' beautiful and haunting theme as it is so strongly identified with the films. Having worked closely with David Yates for many years, we have always tried to push the boundaries of what we do, and have often worked well in advance of the film being completed. This produced a score which grew and developed organically with the film.
The soundtrack for the movie will be released on July 10th by Warner Bros. Records.