Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
Composer Howard Shore brings J.R.R. Tolkiens literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy- and Grammy Award-winning score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Shores music expresses Peter Jacksons film as an immense symphonic workâa uniquely developed vision drawn from centuries of stylistic tendencies.
The music of The Lord of the Rings is counted among film musics most complex and comprehensive works. This unique performance sets the score to the film, but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a wholly new and dramatic live concert experience.
Shores score not only captures Fellowships sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas and grand journeys, but also echoes the very construction of Tolkiens Middle-earth. Styles, instruments and performers collected from around the world provide each of Tolkiens cultures with a unique musical imprint. The rural and simple hobbits are rooted in a dulcet weave of Celtic tones. The mystical Elves merit ethereal Eastern colors. The Dwarves, Tolkiens abrasive stonecutters, receive columns of parallel harmonies and a rough, guttural male chorus.
The industrialized hordes of Orcs claim Shores most violent and percussive sounds, including Japanese taiko drums, metal bell plates and chains beaten upon piano wires, while the world of Men, flawed yet noble heirs of Middle-earth, is introduced with stern and searching brass figures. In operatic fashion, these musical worlds commingle, sometimes combining forces for a culminated power, other times violently clashingâ¦and always bending to the will of the One Ring and its own ominous family of themes.
The musics vast scope calls for symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, boys chorus and instrumental and vocal soloists singing in the Tolkien-crafted languages Quenya, Sindarin, Khuzdûl, Adûnaic, Black Speech, as well as English. Original folk songs stand alongside diatonic hymns, knots of polyphony, complex tone clusters and seething, dissonant aleatoric passages. It is purposeful, knowing writing, as contained in execution as it is far-reaching in influence; for within this broad framework resides a remarkably concise musical vision. Shores writing assumes an earthy, grounded tone built on sturdy orchestral structures and a sense of line that is at once fluid yet stripped of frivolous ornamentation.
HOWARD SHORE, COMPOSER
Howard Shore is among todays most respected, honored, and active composers and music conductors. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. He has also been honored with four Grammy and three Golden Globe awards. Shore was one of the original creators of Saturday Night Live.He served as the music director on the show from 1975 to 1980. At the same time, he began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has scored 14 of the directors films, including 2012s Cosmopolis, The Fly, Crash, and Naked Lunch. His original scores to A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises and Dead Ringers were eachhonoured with a Genie Award. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorseses Hugo, The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York to Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Shores music has been performed in concerts throughout the world. In 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington. Since then, the work has had over 140 performances by the worlds most prestigious orchestras.
In 2008, Howard Shores opera The Fly premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera. Other recent works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang premiered with the China Philharmonic Orchestra on October 11, 2010, the cello concerto Mythic Gardens for Sophie Shao premiered with the American Symphony Orchestra on April 27, 2012 and Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. He is currently working on his second opera and J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit.
Shore received the Career Achievement for Music Composition Award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, New York Chapters Recording Academy Honors, ASCAPs Henry Mancini Award, the Frederick Loewe Award and the Max Steiner Award from the city of Vienna. He holds honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and York University, he is an Officier de lordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France and the recipient of the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award in Canada.