The Lord of The Rings Symphony Tickets
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The music of the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Howard Shore. Shore wrote many hours of music for The Lord of the Rings, 10 hours of which have been released in The Complete Recordings CD/DVD boxed sets. (Additional music including alternate, unused compositions are set to be released in late 2010.) Shore composed the music in an emotional, operatic way, threading through the scores over 80 specific leitmotifs, which are categorized by the Middle-earth cultures to which they relate. Shore began his work on the music for The Fellowship of the Ring in late 2000 and recorded the first pieces of music (the Moria sequence) in spring of 2001. Additional music for the extended DVD version was recorded in March, 2002. A similar pattern was followed for The Two Towers and The Return of the King, with the final sessions taking place in Watford on March 20, 2004. The music was performed primarily by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Voices, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra contributing some of the early Moria music. A wide variety of instrumental and vocal soloists contributed to the scores as well (see below). The scores for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King won Academy Awards in 2002 and 2004. The latter film also won an Oscar statuette for Best Song, as well as the Golden Globes for Best Original Score - Motion Picture and Best Original Song. Shore's music for The Lord of the Rings has become the most successful composition of its composer's career. First appearance in The Fellowship of the Ring * "The History of the Ring": a minor-key string melody plays over the Lord of the Rings title card for all three films. Shore hints in the production commentary for the film that it is a theme pertaining, in fact, to Gondor. * "The Seduction of the Ring": sung by the boy choir * "The Shire and the Hobbits": the theme for the Shire. On the soundtrack, it starts with a solo flute, followed by a solo violin and then the complete orchestra repeating the same phrase. The track then quietens down and the solo flute plays a second melody, again followed by the orchestra. The track ends with the violin and then the flute repeating the first theme. There are four settings: o "The Rural Setting": usually heard only in the Shire o "The Pensive Setting": a reflective version of the theme o "The Hymn Setting": first heard when Frodo and Sam set out o "A Hobbit's Understanding": used when the Hobbits come to understand the hardships and struggles of their journey * "The Black Rider": a dark piece which features almost all flats. * Middle-earth motif * Isengard: ususally accompanied by a 5/4 rhythm in the percussion. * Lothlórien: a soft, ethereal chorus accompanied by cellos. A more hard-edged, brass-driven version of the theme appears in the second film during the battle of Helm's Deep. * Nazgûl motif * "The Evil of the Ring": played on the rhaita. * Fellowship theme: a heroic, sweeping piece using principally brass and orchestra. It is heard in various versions during the first film, but after "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm," the last time that the entire Fellowship is together, the melody deteriorates into slow and soft variations.  First appearance in The Two Towers * "Gollum's Menace": featuring the cimbalom. * Éowyn's theme: using open fifth intervals (lacking the third of the chord — this means that the chords cannot be defined as major or minor). * "The Rohan Fanfare": featuring the hardanger fiddle. * "Evenstar": a slow, serene piece. * "The White Rider in Nature": A sweeping, full-orchestra crescendo with heavy strings. * Nature's Reclamation (commonly referred to by fans as the Nature theme), played during the "The Last March of the Ents" part of the movie, probably used as a way of interpreting the Ents' march as Nature's way of fighting back. The theme was first heard while Gandalf was trapped in Isengard when a moth serving as a messenger for the Eagles arrived at the pinnacle of Orthanc; the moth and the Eagles represent nature here as well. A more heroic and robust brass version is heard in the third film when the Rohirrim leave Edoras for Dunharrow and also during Theoden's "Ride now!" speech before the Rohirrim charge at Pelennor Fields; it is possible this is meant to show the union between Men and Nature via the horses of Rohan.  First appearance in The Return of the King * Minas Tirith/Realm of Gondor Theme: this was hinted at during the Council of Elrond in the first film, and also existed in the Extended Two Towers DVD. * Flute solo by Sir James Galway. * Mithrandir/Grey Havens theme: featured in "Into the West" by Annie Lennox.  Instrumentation Howard Shore made use of a large orchestra using the following instruments: * Woodwinds: 3 flutes (1st and 2nd doubling on alto flutes, 2nd doubling on piccolo, 3rd doubling on piccolo and optionally on Irish whistle, alto flute & pan flute [wooden flute]), 3 oboes (3rd doubling on English horn), 3 clarinets (3rd doubling on bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd doubling on double bassoon) * Brass: 5 horns in F, 4 trumpets in B-flat (doubling on rotary valve), 3 trombones, tuba * Percussion (minimum 4 players): timpani, chimes, medium and large tamtams, 5 suspended gongs (6”, 8”, 10”, 12”, 14”), suspended cymbals: large and antique, piatti, 2 metal bell plates (14", 1" thick), distressed piano, snare drum, field (or side) drum, 2 bodhráns, Japanese taiko drums: small, medium and large, bass drum, 2 log drums, bass marimba, rattle * Keyboard: piano (doubling on celesta) * Strings: 2 harps, violins I and II, violas, violoncellos, double basses * Other: musette, hammered dulcimer, cimbalom, nylon strings guitar * Ethnic and exotic instruments: fiddle, double fiddle, anvil, Celtic harp, chains on piano wire, Hardanger fiddle, mandolin, monochord, ney, sarangi, low whistle, wood flute, rhaita, dilruba, hanging Tibetan gongs  Songs The Ring Goes South Play sound The Fellowship theme from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, composed by Howard Shore. Problems listening to this file? See media help. * "Aníron" (The Fellowship of the Ring) performed and composed by Enya * "May It Be" (The Fellowship of the Ring) performed and composed by Enya: nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song in 2002. * "In Dreams" (The Fellowship of the Ring) performed by Edward Ross * "Gollum's Song" (The Two Towers) performed by Emilíana Torrini is musically related to Gollum's Pity Theme. The lyrics are by Fran Walsh. The song was to have been performed by Björk, whose name actually appeared in the closing credits of the film as shown in theaters; Björk had to decline because of her pregnancy, however, and Torrini was credited in the DVD. This track is also titled "Long Ways To Go Yet", in The Complete Recordings. This version of the track includes additional instrumental music at the end, making it a medley of themes to cap off the album. Artist Geoff Keezer has released a jazz piano version of the song. * "The Edge of Night" (The Return of the King) performed by Billy Boyd * "Into the West" (The Return of the King) performed by Annie Lennox: won the Academy Award for Best Song in 2004.  Deleted tracks There exist several pieces of music written by Howard Shore that never made it into the final cut of the film trilogy or any existing soundtrack. Among these are various pieces written for battles throughout the film. There was also a special musical arrangement written for the trailer for The Return of the King, which primarily consisted of principal leitmotifs along with movie trailer-like music. Additionally, there was a song entitled "Use Well the Days" sung by Annie Lennox. The song can be found on a supplementary DVD included with the Return of the King soundtrack in some packages released in 2003.  Soloists For the three films Shore worked with many vocal as well as instrumental soloists. Read more on Last.fm. 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