Monday, March 30, 2009

FOTR Live Returns to Lucerne

Looking for one more European Fellowship Live performance before the Radio City shows in October? Look no further! The amazing 21st Century Orchestra under Maestro Ludwig Wicki will again present FOTR Live in Lucerne on September 25, 2009. 

Click here for tickets and additional info. 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Cinema Musica on TTT Live

Basil Boehni has written a great piece on the behind-the-scenes production of Lucerne's The Two Towers Live performances. Click the images below to see larger versions. (I hope the resolution is ok -- you may need to squint a bit. UPDATE: Transcription now available here.) Thanks Basil, fantastic work!

Cinema Musica's website can be accessed here.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

TTT in Krakow

I know this is already out there -- and there actually is a reason I've been slow to add it to the main page -- but for those who have not yet heard, The Two Towers Live will be playing in Krakow Poland on May 23 as part of the Second Film Music Festival. Click here for more info. With any luck, I'll have more to say about this in the near future!

Montreal Symphony to Perform Olympic Heroes

A concert setting of Shore's Olympic work, now titled Olympic Heroes, will be performed by the Montreal Symphony on April 27 and 28, 2010. See here for more information and tickets. (Warning, not a very Mac friendly site.)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fran Walsh Joins The Music of LOTR

Truth be told, I don't put much stock in dream analysis. I've always been prone to a nightmare or two, and maybe a revelation here or there. I've credited this to nothing more than an overactive or overworked mind. 

But last night was different. I dreamt I was in New Zealand and that a lightning storm was approaching. Reaching down from an unusually clear blue sky, thick, bright bolts struck closer and closer. Startled, I shook awake and lay awake in my bed attempting to reorient myself. After 30 seconds a faint buzzing sound caught my attention. Although silenced, my phone was vibrating to indicate an email had just arrived. "Well," I thought, "I'll just check my email to clear my mind, and then get back to sleep."

I never got back to sleep.

For a few months now Fran Walsh and I have been passing emails back and forth in an attempt to line up our schedules properly. I had asked her to pen a short foreword for The Music of the Lord of the Rings. Anything that she thought was appropriate: musings on Tolkien and music, memories of working with Howard on the films... anything, really. I trusted her implicitly.

This morning's email was from her. The foreword was complete. A sweet note from Fran read:

Hi Doug,

Pete and I think your book reads really well and found it to be completely engaging! Congratulations!

Following was a beautifully written, approximately 1,000-word foreword covering... well, you'll see. :)

To Fran, my lightning bolt out of the blue, I send my limitless and most sincere gratitude.

After nearly 7 years of work, the last piece of the book is now in place.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lucerne 2009 Fan Pics [Updated 3/24]

Hi everyone,

As your Lucerne pictures come in, I'll be storing them in the album embedded below. This will be reposted as additions arrive.

The first batch is from Eorl from the discussion board. Thanks!

UPDATE 3/18: GKGyver's three pictures have been added to the mix.

UPDATE 3/19: Jim Ware's 27 pics have been added to the mix.

UPDATE 3/19: Babsi's pics are up too!

UPDATE 3/21: Sabsi's added a huge number of pics -- including a few shots of you guys. Take a look...

UPDATE 3/24: Niels Tielenburg's fantastic pictures have been added in.

Click here to send me yours.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

London Bound

Breaking News: I'm happy to announce that I'll officially be joining the festivities in London next month to participate in preconcert lectures with Howard Shore at Royal Albert Hall. Details soon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Inside Source

This month's Film Score Monthly Online claims to have an inside source offering a mini-review of/thoughts on  The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films

FSMO: Any updates on Doug Adams’ The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films book, and how have you been involved in that process?

HS: I’ve been working with Doug over the years and he’s done a fantastic job, I mean, the book is incredible. It’s due to be released by the end of the year and I think it’s on course…probably in the fall.

Those generous words actually come from a pretty reliable source--Howard Shore, himself! It's all part of a very interesting piece by Eric Giordano that discusses the future of the new Howe Records. Though the piece is for paying subscribers only, it's well worth your money. FSM, for those unaware, is my once and future stomping ground and, for my money, the most consistently credible source of film music discussion available today.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

World Premiere: TTT Live [Lucerne, Switzerland]

Photos courtesy of Art Productions and Angela Zängerle. Click thumbnails for larger versions.

Monday, March 9, 2009

TTT:CR - 1 to 3 Weeks

Hi everyone,

I'm slowly creaking back onto the blog. 

A quick heads-up here, Amazon has apparently gotten back into the TTT:CR business. They're now listing the set as "Usually ships in 1 to 3 weeks," and are now accepting orders... at 10% off no less. If interested, see the links at right... you know the drill.

Back soon, I promise.


[UPDATE: TTT:CR is again available (as of 3/14). Order as you see fit!]

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Howe Records on Amazon

FYI, Howe Records twin premiere releases are now available on Amazon.com

Click below to order!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ongoing Discussion Thread [March, 2009]

I'll be back later in the month to provide a proper update here. In the meantime, please enjoy this lovely placeholder text.

Post to your hearts' content below.


"OF" is Up!

Magnet fans, wait no longer. OF, the third in the series of nine magnets, is now available for purchase at CafePress.com

Click here to enjoy your preposition! 

Shore at Yale Tea

Yale's Master Tea Tuesday yesterday (3/3) featured an hour-long conversation with Howard Shore that covered everything from his work on The Lord of the Rings to his first musical experimentations as an eleven-year-old.

See Yale's write up here.

(A word of caution, Yale lists The Spider as Shore's next project, though it's still not a done deal.)
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