Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Music of the LOTR Films: First Look Inside

Please enjoy your first look inside The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films. This is just a small sampling of our layout, but it should give you a good sense of the beautiful design Gary Day-Ellison has created. Seen here are the front and back covers, and select pages from sections on Themes, the Annotated Score, and the Recording Sessions. As you can see, we've tried to create something that crosses the most satisfying elements of storybooks, coffee table books, and textbooks -- something where notated music; hand-drawn and photographic imagery; and analytical, narrative, and lyrical writing comfortably coexist. It's a pretty unique creation, and I think it flows wonderfully. Again, you can thank Gary for that!

These preview pages will be up on Amazon, etc. in the near future. But I thought it would be appropriate to post them here first.

There's plenty more to say, of course. I could on about the exquisite art by John Howe and Alan Lee, or Shore's detailed music examples, (including some of his original pencil sketches), etc. But I have a couple weeks of press coming up, so I'll try to save some of my comments. And anyway, I think the work speaks for itself.


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