Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Earnest congratulations to Howard Shore who, on Wednesday, November 19, will receive France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the French Embassy in New York City. 

As it happily turns out, I'll be working with Shore at his office during this week, and will be able to attend the ceremony.

This is, of course, an enormous honor for Maestro Shore. Bravo!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Counterfeit Continued

I hate to start a week of posting on a negative note, but it seems the inauthentic Herr der Ringe von Howard Shore in Concert are once again beginning to make the rounds. For the unacquainted, these are concerts that have been organized without the participation or consent of New Line, Warner Brothers or Howard Shore. Shore's music was taken down (inaccurately) by ear by an arranger, who has decided to incorporate his own additions in order to "improve" the composer's music. It is as if a student painter decided to re-paint Picasso's Guernica adding dabs of color and smiling faces to make up for the creator's shortcomings.

Nothing about these concerts is designed to honor the music or its creators.  

Please help spread the word. The concerts listed here do not feature the music that we care about so deeply. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Del Toro on Shore

The following is excerpted from a piece theonering.net is running as part 3 of a transcribed talk Guillermo Del Toro gave at the New Yorker Festival. I thought the below would likely interest this blog's readership:

Anthony: Some of the work which has begun, I understand Howard Shore is actually already at work on the music - is that correct?

Guillermo: Yeah. Yeah. That’s right.

Anthony: And how …

Guillermo: … I’m meeting with him tomorrow.

Andrew: Oh, OK. And is that you’re first?

Guillermo: Ah, no. I met him before. And I’ve admired him for even longer. But, my feeling is one of the most fortunate things that he’s back because if you have to single out the most important pieces of continuing that Universe, he certainly is one.

Anthony: Absolutely. So thus far what are your conversations with him like? I mean down to Do you feed him pages? Or are you..

Guillermo: No I think the best way to go about this is to keep the pages to ourselves and just allow people to come from different places – where it be designers, you know. We have conversations – I’ve had a great couple of conversations with John Howe and Alan Lee. And John has been feeding me reactions – reaction sketches to those conversations. And I try not to react to those sketches yet. I try to allow him to feel he’s free to try anything he wants; ‘cause then you are surprised. The same thing is with Howard. I think the parameters are pretty clear. And that is it has to belong to the same Universe, and the music of the three movies – so.

Read the full piece here.

By the way, I expect to be in New York in approximately one month to resume Rarities/Multimedia work... and perhaps take an exciting side trip. Details soon.


Monday, October 20, 2008

TTT Live at Wolf Trap!

Wolf Trap has just made it official, The Two Towers Live will see its US premiere this coming August:

Wolf Trap Filene Center
Friday, August 28 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 29 7:30 pm
Ticket Price: $25 - $55

This coming year looks to hold an amazing wealth of live performances...

...and there are still more to come!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dallas Symphony Review

The Star Telegram provides a quick review/overview of last night's DSO concert with Anthony Hopkins.  Sounds as if Silence of the Lambs opened the show. Click here to read the full piece.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Friends, raise your glasses to wish a very happy birthday to Howard Shore, who was born on October 18, 1946.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fellowship Live in London: Tix on Sale Friday, Oct. 17

FYI: Tickets for the April, 2009 London Philharmonic performance of The Fellowship of the Ring performed live to picture will go on sale this Friday, October 17 at the LPO's official website. Look lively!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Back from Beantown

Hi all,

Spent an amazing weekend in Boston. If you've not been on the Ongoing Discussion page lately, you may wish to stop by. The book made a sneak preview appearance on the East Coast, and some very kind readers have been generous enough to post their reactions. Click here to see what they had to say. Perhaps they'll even answer a question or two!

Thanks so very much to those who spent their time with me this weekend. Your company was treasured!


I Already Knew This...

...and, if all goes according to plan, you will too in a year or so.

Read here. Scan for the name Bar Scott.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Silence of the Lambs with the DSO

Those in the Dallas, Texas area may with to attend the following: 


Spend an evening with Anthony Hopkins in the world premiere performance of his original compositions, along with musical highlights and video clips from his illustrious film career, including Silence of the Lambs and Remains of the Day, as well as premieres of his original compositions including August, Slipstream and The Masque of Time, performed live by the Dallas Symphony and introduced by Anthony Hopkins. 


Sounds like a fun affair! See additional details here.

Incidentally, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has just hired a new president named Doug Adams. It's not me!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Additional Dates

Greetings concertgoers!

A few more LOTR-related performance dates have just been confirmed. See below:

Fellowship Live:
Lyon, France
Orchestra National de Lyon
June 17 - 20, 2010

The Two Towers Live:
Munich, Germany
April 6, 7 & 8, 2009

FAQ Updated... Feedback Request

Hi everyone,

I've just updated the blog's FAQ to keep it up to date with recent developments. If you have a spare moment, please run your eyes over it and see if I'm leaving anything out. I obviously can't hit everything, but I'd like to make sure I've addressed all the big/recurrent questions.

The new FAQ is here... or available via the menu buttons at right. Thanks!


Too Many Words?

In the philological spirit of Tolkien, I read with great interest Time's article on words Collins English Dictionary wants to remove from from its listing. Here is the article, and here is the list.

...And yes, one of these words (in a different form) has been used in the revamped Annotated Score!

Ongoing Discussion Thread [October, 2008]

The Riddles Unraveled thread ended up generating more discussion than last month's Ongoing Discussion thread. In order to keep the conversation easily accessible, I'm porting it over here. Immediately below are the last handful of posts from Riddles. New postings will appear below that.

Oh, and when you're done picking over the bones of this demanding conversation, why not treat yourself to a hot, refreshing cup of coffee from a Music of the LOTR Films mug! Wow, that's the most shill-like sentence I've penned in a long time! :)


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Reminder: LOTR Symphony in Calgary this Weekend

Stop by the Calgary Symphony's website to purchase tickets.

The Canadian press is getting in on things too. Read pieces here (Kaitlyn Lusk interview) and here (Doug Adams interview).

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fellowship Live Coming to London in 2009!

The headline says it all. Tickets aren't yet available, but following are current details:

Fellowship Live
April 14 & 15, 2009
Royal Albert Hall
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Voices 

That's both the original orchestra and original chorus from the film soundtrack.

Mark this as developing. I'll let you know more as I hear it.


The Two Towers Live Tickets Now On Sale

Art Production's site now has tickets on sale for the March, 2009 performances in Lucerne. See here!
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