Peter Bence Performs Spellbinding “Harry Potter” Medley on the Piano
We’ve been whisked back to the magic of the Wizarding World with an extraordinary rendition of Peter Bence’s Harry Potter medley, which is titled “Harry Potter and the Impossible Piano Performance” on his YouTube.
Bence is an “internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist, composer, and producer,” and he previously held the Guinness World Record for most piano key kits in one minute before being bested by Portuguese pianist Domingues-Antonio Gomes in 2017.
Bence’s medley contains a mixture of “Hedwig’s Theme” and “Harry’s Wondrous World,” which were composed by John Williams for the first installment of the Harry Potter series. Williams went on to compose the scores for the next two films.
The music for the remainder of the Harry Potter franchise was composed by Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2).
While all eight soundtracks are wonderfully enchanting, there’s something nostalgically magical about hearing Williams’s “Hedwig’s Theme,” taking us back to the very first time we met Harry on-screen.
Bence “arranged, performed, mixed and mastered” the piece.
It took a while to arrange and practice this piece, but I hope it did justice to one of my favorite soundtracks and favorite composer, John Williams!
If you look closely, you might spot the glimmer of green coming from the Slytherin sweatshirt and tie that he wears throughout the performance.
This isn’t the first time this year we’ve seen a magnificent piano tribute to the Wizarding World: Eshan Denipitiya performed an incredible Harry Potter piano medley in March, followed by Gabriela Montero‘s amazing Potter rendition.
You can watch Bence’s spellbinding performance below, and if you’re feeling as brave as a Gryffindor, you can even download a music sheet and try it yourself!