Jan 17 2011, 9:14pm
I had been waiting and waiting for this book, and it finally came out. And I couldn't be happier.
Like anyone who listens to the soundtrack often enough, I of course had come to recognize certain 'themes' that are repeated, but I could only guess at what they represented. This book satisfied that curiosity for me, and opened my eyes to much more than I had ever guessed at.
Unfortunately, Doug Adams tends to throw sheet music at you and say, this is the such-and-such theme. Which goes way over my head, as I can't read music any more than I can read tea leaves. But thanks to Magpie's web site, and everyone who contributes to it, you can actually hear the themes that the author discusses, not to mention find them.
Some of the material in the book seems to be reselling you material in the Complete Recordings' Annotated Scores. Not enough to bother me though.
The "Rarities" CD is interesting, but it doesn't lend itself to repeat playing. That's by design, as it's not meant to provide a listening experience as much as it is meant to provide data points on how the music was constructed. (It's kind of analagous to the early drafts of LOTR that you can read in the History of LOTR, except it's about the soundtrack.)
Hopefully, anyone else who gets this will enjoy this as much as I did. Just understand what you're getting.
"... But of bliss and glad life there is little to be said, before it ends; as works fair and wonderful, while still they endure for eyes to see, are their own record, and only when they are in peril or broken for ever do they pass into song."
(This post was edited by mendil on Jan 17 2011, 9:16pm)