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The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films Book & CD. Howard Shores Academy Award-winning score for The Lord of the Rings has been hailed as some of the greatest film music ever written. Sweeping in scope, it is an interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as music---an operatic tapestry of cultures, The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films Book & CD. Howard Shores Academy Award-winning score for The Lord of the Rings has been hailed as some of the greatest film music ever written. Sweeping in scope, it is an interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as music---an operatic tapestry of cultures,


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The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films Book & CD. Howard Shores Academy Award-winning score for The Lord of the Rings has been hailed as some of the greatest film music ever written. Sweeping in scope, it is an interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as music---an operatic tapestry of cultures, The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films Book & CD. Howard Shores Academy Award-winning score for The Lord of the Rings has been hailed as some of the greatest film music ever written. Sweeping in scope, it is an interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as music---an operatic tapestry of cultures,

30 review for The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore's Scores (Book and Rarities CD)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    howard shore... you absolute mad lad

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leaflet

    For serious fans of Shore's LotR music score. Five stars aren't enough for this book ~ I give it a galaxy of stars. Without doubt the best book I've added to my Tolkien library this year, maybe ever. Under the slipcover, the book is bound in a black cloth cover with the elvish ring inscription embossed in gold. It's basically divided into two parts: Description of the major themes with musical examples, then a mavelously descriptive annotation of the scores for each of the three films. The rariti For serious fans of Shore's LotR music score. Five stars aren't enough for this book ~ I give it a galaxy of stars. Without doubt the best book I've added to my Tolkien library this year, maybe ever. Under the slipcover, the book is bound in a black cloth cover with the elvish ring inscription embossed in gold. It's basically divided into two parts: Description of the major themes with musical examples, then a mavelously descriptive annotation of the scores for each of the three films. The rarities CD included in the back is filled with musical gems that have never before been released. I particularly loved the Shire/The Hobbits mock-up on the Synclavier and the sweetly poignant Frodo's Song that had originally been intended to be the last song of Return of the King until it was replaced by Into The West. Love love love love this book. I plan to spend many happy months poring over it with the Complete Recordings sounding in my ears. Did I mention it's also laden with movie photos and sketches by Alan Lee?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This 5 star rating is a combined rating for this book and the Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings CDs, which are three sets comprising a total of 10 discs. I'd really recommend owning the CDs alongside this book. I can't imagine this book being as good if you didn't own those CDs, as most of its content is a track-by-track musical analysis of the scores. You could try reading the book while watching the movies but the score isn't always up front in the soundtrack, and you might be distracted by This 5 star rating is a combined rating for this book and the Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings CDs, which are three sets comprising a total of 10 discs. I'd really recommend owning the CDs alongside this book. I can't imagine this book being as good if you didn't own those CDs, as most of its content is a track-by-track musical analysis of the scores. You could try reading the book while watching the movies but the score isn't always up front in the soundtrack, and you might be distracted by what's on screen anyway. Anyway, the analysis of the scores is wonderful and has really enhanced my appreciation of Howard Shore's work for these films, as well as the process of composing in general. I have limited musical education (studied piano for a few years, over a decade ago) so Adams' technical language was a little challenging at points, but most musical terms that crop up are defined in footnotes, and I could follow along with the arguments being made in the analysis well enough. Apart from the track-by-track section, this book also has anecdotes about the recording sessions (which are brief but entertaining), lyrics for all the choral pieces, and a thorough listing/explanation of every leitmotif and theme used throughout the score. Each one of these is demonstrated on the page in musical notation, so with a keyboard app open on my iPhone, I was able to play along, and found myself grinning as I recognised every leitmotif from the countless times I've seen the movies. I can recommend this book highly if you're a combined Peter Jackson/JRR Tolkien fan and you like music; but really only get this book if you've already bought the Complete Recordings.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Devin Garabedian

    The greatest film score ever written gets a deep-dive. After 400 pages and nearly four years, I finally made my way through this dense, incredible volume (while simultaneously listening to the complete recordings, naturally.) I now feel I understand about 1/1000th of this masterpiece.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becca M

    An astonishing deep dive of the greatest film score ever created. This book is best consumed while listening to the score. As I read this book, I kept saying "I never noticed that!" No other film score is this complex and intricate. Doug Adams writes with great sensitivity and attention to detail. Adams describes the music as if it is a living, breathing entity, indeed characters in the story in their own rights. He had a decade of unprecedented access to Howard Shore as he composed this mammoth An astonishing deep dive of the greatest film score ever created. This book is best consumed while listening to the score. As I read this book, I kept saying "I never noticed that!" No other film score is this complex and intricate. Doug Adams writes with great sensitivity and attention to detail. Adams describes the music as if it is a living, breathing entity, indeed characters in the story in their own rights. He had a decade of unprecedented access to Howard Shore as he composed this mammoth score. This book includes original manuscripts from Shore himself, beautiful illustrations, stills from the movies, and stories about the orchestra's recording process. Each of the songs' lyrics are included, which I'm sure will fascinate Tolkien linguist fans. What I wish it had: in the glossary, I wish each of the leitmotivs were written out so that we could quickly refer back to them. The author uses ALL CAPS to refer to the leitmotivs but there are *so many* that it's hard to remember precisely which one is being referenced.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Lahn

    Got my copy signed tonight at the Lord of the Rings in Concert event in New York City.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Mercer

    Possibly the most must read music appreciation book I've ever read. It should be read both by anyone that wants to better appreciate the art of film scoring, storytelling through music, and composition generally, but also by anyone that wants to write a book about those things. This book is a gold standard for what people want from analysis of classical music. The first third of the book is essentially a glossary of the names of the themes Mr. Adams will be referring to later. The remaining 2/3's Possibly the most must read music appreciation book I've ever read. It should be read both by anyone that wants to better appreciate the art of film scoring, storytelling through music, and composition generally, but also by anyone that wants to write a book about those things. This book is a gold standard for what people want from analysis of classical music. The first third of the book is essentially a glossary of the names of the themes Mr. Adams will be referring to later. The remaining 2/3's is a track by track analysis of the Lord of the Rings trilogy's complete soundtracks explaining exactly what Howard Shore conveyed with his music choices as well as why he chose to do those things. I want this book for Wagner's Ring Cycle, Beethoven's symphonies, Tchaikovsky's ballets, and every single score John Williams has written or will write. I was already a music nerd and this book exposed me to an even deeper world of the incredible possibilities of music in the hands of an artist. 10/10 MUST READ!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Custodio

    What a fantastic book! I want to thank Doug Adams for writing this wonderful guide to what is certainly the most AWEsome soundtrack of all time. I've been in love with the music ever since watching the Fellowship, and I'm so happy to have taken this deep dive into the score. I guess some of the musical terminology and analysis will be lost on those of us without a musical education, but it remains a fascinating read nevertheless. Needless to say, having the complete recordings playing while one r What a fantastic book! I want to thank Doug Adams for writing this wonderful guide to what is certainly the most AWEsome soundtrack of all time. I've been in love with the music ever since watching the Fellowship, and I'm so happy to have taken this deep dive into the score. I guess some of the musical terminology and analysis will be lost on those of us without a musical education, but it remains a fascinating read nevertheless. Needless to say, having the complete recordings playing while one reads is simply a must. I've rewatched the first two movies over the past two weeks (after studying the music for each one) and I'm now ready for the Return of the King! My respect and admiration for Howard Shore has never been greater, and it now extends to Adams for writing this treasure of a book, which now sits among my favorites.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Compton

    I had high hopes for this book and it exceeded all of them. For any fan of the Lord of the Rings music, this book is a must. It is not filled with pages of muddled music theory but instead achieves a narrative that somehow allows the reader to explore the films again in an entirely new way. The most enjoyable way to experience this book is to have the themes playing on your headphones softly while you read along at a pace where you can hear exactly what Adams is writing about. Highly recommend!

  10. 4 out of 5

    André Gomes

    Um verdadeiro tratado sobre a banda sonora de uma das sagas mais fascinantes de sempre. O entendimento da construção dos motivos musicais e a explicação da interligação dos temas à narrativa tornarão a experiência de ver 'O Senhor dos Anéis' numa experiência ainda mais especial. Para os aficionados pelos filmes e para os amantes da Música em geral ! Um verdadeiro tratado sobre a banda sonora de uma das sagas mais fascinantes de sempre. O entendimento da construção dos motivos musicais e a explicação da interligação dos temas à narrativa tornarão a experiência de ver 'O Senhor dos Anéis' numa experiência ainda mais especial. Para os aficionados pelos filmes e para os amantes da Música em geral !

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A masterpiece, that every movie music lover should possess. It contains a very detailed description and usage of the multiples themes that are used in Lord of the Rings series. And it's a perfect companion for the Complete Recordings albums. I wish that Doug Adams can do the same work on Star Wars saga, but for now I'm looking forward for the release of Music of The Hobbit :) A masterpiece, that every movie music lover should possess. It contains a very detailed description and usage of the multiples themes that are used in Lord of the Rings series. And it's a perfect companion for the Complete Recordings albums. I wish that Doug Adams can do the same work on Star Wars saga, but for now I'm looking forward for the release of Music of The Hobbit :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This was super fun to read. I probably have an intermediate knowledge of music theory, and this book can definitely be appreciated by people from all levels of musical backgrounds.

  13. 4 out of 5

    EmC2

    A wonderful companion to the films. Great for newcomers and experts in musicology.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aiden Heavilin

    A beautiful book, one of my favorites. Douglas Adams is such a pleasant, gifted writer, (with a talent for describing music), Howard Shore composed the greatest film score of all time, and there's a CD with rare/bonus tracks. How much more can you ask for? A beautiful book, one of my favorites. Douglas Adams is such a pleasant, gifted writer, (with a talent for describing music), Howard Shore composed the greatest film score of all time, and there's a CD with rare/bonus tracks. How much more can you ask for?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    The Music of Lord of the Rings is a wonderful, in-depth look at the score from the amazing film trilogy. Adams presents a fascinating journey through the themes and leitmotifs in the score and this is a gorgeous companion book for fans of the films. One word of caution though - to fully appreciate this book, I would suggest at least an intermediate understanding of music theory is required as Adams goes into some depth and it would not mean anything to non-musicians who are unfamiliar with the to The Music of Lord of the Rings is a wonderful, in-depth look at the score from the amazing film trilogy. Adams presents a fascinating journey through the themes and leitmotifs in the score and this is a gorgeous companion book for fans of the films. One word of caution though - to fully appreciate this book, I would suggest at least an intermediate understanding of music theory is required as Adams goes into some depth and it would not mean anything to non-musicians who are unfamiliar with the topic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ash Ryan

    Fans of Lord of the Rings and film music alike will enjoy this in-depth analysis of Howard Shore's music for the LOTR movies. Adams begins by presenting all the various themes used in the score, then describes how Shore weaves them all together in the films going through each movie from beginning to end. The accompanying demos/rarities CD has some interesting pieces, as well as a conversation between the composer and the author. Fans of Lord of the Rings and film music alike will enjoy this in-depth analysis of Howard Shore's music for the LOTR movies. Adams begins by presenting all the various themes used in the score, then describes how Shore weaves them all together in the films going through each movie from beginning to end. The accompanying demos/rarities CD has some interesting pieces, as well as a conversation between the composer and the author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    I found it quite an interesting read, even if I didn't understand most of the musical terminology. Listening to the soundtrack while reading really helped too. I found it quite an interesting read, even if I didn't understand most of the musical terminology. Listening to the soundtrack while reading really helped too.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Montes

    Great for fans of the LOTR movies who happen to be serious music lovers. Interesting analysis of the LOTR soundtrack.

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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