When I learnt that John Williams would not be scoring the fourth instalment of the Harry Potter franchise, I was excited to see what a new composer would do with this amazing opportunity. Patrick Doyle, a Scottish composer, whose most famous scores include "The Little Princess" (for which he would an award) and "Calendar Girls", although he is no newcomer to scoring.
Overall, Doyle does a really good job at retaining the magic in the music - and although I haven't seen the film yet, to a certain extent I feel like I already have, just by listening through the soundtrack. That story-telling gift is something that he shares with John Williams, but Doyle brings in some Celtic/Gaelic influences too to do justice to his homeland.
The tracks are varied and my personal favourite, for new music, is 12) Harry in Winter. His music adds to the thriller nature of the movie - as well as the pace, majesty and beauty indicative of the Scottish setting on the film.
He keeps Hedwig's Theme - and I have to wonder whether he was asked to do so - but it's varied and modified to suit the particular track. There is also scope of a track with a brass band - as well as the three tracks at the end by Jarvis Cocker et al., the first two of which come as a bit of a shock, but I'm sure seeing the film will clarify that. Magic Works is a very cool track.