- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Carpentier / Alfred Music Publishing; 1st Unabridged edition (28 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739071572
- ISBN-13: 978-0739071571
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore's Scores (Book & Rarities CD): 1 Hardcover – 28 Sep 2010
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About the Author
Doug Adams is a Chicago-based author and musicologist. In 2001, Adams was invited by Howard Shore to observe and document his work on Peter Jackson's motion picture trilogy of The Lord of the Rings. This book is the culmination of almost a decade of writing and research, during which time Adams attended recording sessions, examined the original scores, and was given total access to the composer's archives.
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Let's begin with an appreciation of the sheer magnitude of the film score under discussion. At the outset, we must note that there is very little in the history of music that can easily be compared to Howard Shore's score for Peter Jackson's film trilogy of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. When you consider that the films are most accurately viewed as one continuous story, with the similarly continuous score totaling more than TEN HOURS in length, you realize the true scope of Shore's opus. In the world of cinema, there is little to compare it to. One can draw some parallels with John Williams' work on the STAR WARS saga, although its entries are far more individualistic and spread out over a longer period of time. Certain composers for television have written more total hours related to a contiguous body of work; but the musical architecture of, for example, 200 episode scores from THE X-FILES is so vastly different as to defy direct comparison. Even in the world of classical music, it is likewise difficult to find points of reference. For sheer length, narrative scope, and leitmotivic complexity, we can turn to history's *other* great musical ring cycle, Wagner's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN ... and that's about it.Read more ›
Ten years ago an almost unheard of New Zealand film maker adapted Tolkien's great work for film and Tolkien lovers all over the world held their breath. They needn't have worried; Peter Jackson's film trilogy 'The Lord of the Rings' was every bit as epic in scope and detail as the world Tolkien had invented. They were hugely successful and taken together, one of the greatest films ever made. A large factor in its success was the magnificent score Canadian composer Howard Shore composed for the films - every bit as complex and rich in invention as the world it was describing and it went on, like the films, to win numerous awards. It was very recently voted the favourite film score by listeners to the UK's Classic FM radio station.
Shore created a score into which he put as much thought and detail as any great composer. For instance, he carefully crafted different types of music for each of the different races and develop these as the story does. So as the events of the story develop and events unfold, the themes in Shore's score interact in the same way - very much in the manner of the Leitmotif's Wagner invented for his great Ring Cycle.Read more ›
Anyone who is a fan of Howard Shore's music to the motion picture trilogy should definitely be in possession of this book. It provides the reader with a fantastic theme by theme analysis of the films score. It shows the reader what went into writing the theme and how it is influenced and what other themes it influenced. It is really clearly set out with great manuscript examples.
The book is beautifully illustrated with sketches, photo stills from the films and score examples. These serve really well to draw the reader in. I honestly cannot recommend this book highly enough.
An totally brilliant buy for any price!!
It is full of compositional techniques used by Howard Shore in the Lord of the Rings film. What you get sense of; is the strong use of leitmotif and how it has been used so successfully within the films.
When you watch the films after reading the book, you discern sections of the music that you have read about and only then do you ascertain how vital a role music has within the film.
Though it is a specialist book written by American musicologist; Doug Adams. Like books of this type, I think it is only truly understandable by those who have good knowledge of western classical music theory.
For me as a music student it is fantastic and at £31 definitely a good buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for anyone with serious music knowledge. The rarities CD is the real winner. Some nice pieces on it. But very expensive, even if the book is quite big.Published on 7 July 2014 by S. Mooney
Having written my undergraduate dissertation on Howard Shore's for the Lord of the Rings back in 2009, I continue to have a significant interest in his work. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by TurnerMK
Gorgeous book came before expected in perfect condition. It was bought as a gift for a passionate musician and Lord of the Rings fan and will most likely be treasured for a very... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by Clara Taylor
If you want to be able to listen to Howard Shore's great score and be able to name each theme, this is the book for you.Published on 2 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Purchased this book to help student studying for OCR 'A' level Music - Film Music section.
A truely superb book written by a master - if you really want to learn how to... Read more
I bought this for my son for Christmas - he loved it! That is good enough for me to give it 5 stars!Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by C. Dul
Doug Adams writes a brilliant accompaniment to the LOTR scores by Howard Shore.
Lovely presentation and includes an extras cd.
Have been awaiting this book for a very long time and it's eventual arrival did not disappoint.
The book breaks down every piece of music used in the Lord of the Rings... Read more