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Shore talks King Kong and The Hobbit


Mar 30 2007, 4:37pm

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Shore talks King Kong and The Hobbit Can't Post

My soundtrack friend, Sabsi, attended the recent concert at Lucerne Switzerland. She's written a report and posted it in number of places. I encouraged her to send it to spymaster at TORn, which she did... but it hasn't been published on the home page and must have gotten overlooked in all the recent gaming news. I have her permission to repost it here because I thought there was news that TORnsibs would be eager to hear.

Sabsi's report is below but let me first tease out this bit I don't want you to miss:

(Howard) wants to release his version of the KingKong-Soundtrack and would like to return to Middleearth and collaborate with PJ again for The Hobbit!

Howard has stated before that he would like to do the Hobbit but this is the first thing I've heard him say on King Kong. Check at the bottom of the post for a quick comment from Doug Adams.

As you probably know, there were two concerts in Switzerland, called 'Music of Howard Shore'. Both featured the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

The first concert scheduled was in Lucerne on March 16, 2007 at 7:30pm - and I was there!!

First, there was a Q & A with Howard Shore.

The most important things: He plays 6 different instruments (trumpet, saxophone, piano, clarinet, flute and cello), wants to release his version of the KingKong-Soundtrack and would like to return to Middleearth and collaborate with PJ again for The Hobbit!

Then he signed autographs (here is a picture of him) - I even got the chance to take a picture with him and to ask him, what he thinks about it, that his music was used on "The Simpsons" and how that happened. He answered: 'They asked me, an I said yes [of course, what else - what was I thinking ]. I think it's an honor to be in the Simpsons, isn't it?'

Then the concert began. It featured his music from 'The Fly', 'Dead Ringers', 'Naked Lunch', 'M. Butterfly', 'Mrs. Doubtfire', 'Prelude to A Kiss', 'Nobody's Fool', 'Big', 'Silence of the Lambs', 'Se7en' and 'The Aviator'.

After ‘The Aviator’, there was much applause and Ludwig Wicki called him on the stage - which caused even more applause...

Ludwig Wicki left the stage and Howard Shore CONDUCTED the 'Symphonic Suite of The Fellowship of the Ring' HIMSELF!

I do not deny that my heart has greatly desired this..

I mean, the LotR-Soundtrack, conducted by Howard Shore himself! How cool is that?

The 'Symphonic Suite of FotR' featured the Fellowship-Theme (the one you can hear after Gandalf's 'to the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm') and 'The Breaking of the Fellowship'. The boy, who was singing 'In Dreams' was very nervous (who wouldn't?) and a bit out of tune, but Howard smiled at him, making him more comfortable, and even sang along!

When he finished, the hall exploded. Everybody was on his/her feet and he was moved to tears (so was I - I was sitting in the 5th row, so I could see him pretty good - here is a picture of him on the stage).

He had to come back on the stage again for several times because the applause wouldn't stop.

If you ever get the chance to meet him: take it! He is so sweet, down-to-earth and patient (he signed everything he was asked to and even when my friend needed a hundred years to take that picture - she pressed the power-button instead of the shutter and my camera takes a VERY long time to get ready again - he just stood next to me, talked to me and smiled into the camera)! *sigh*


(For anyone who reads the lyrics at my website: Sabsi is a major contributor to that section. Without here, and a few others, the lyrics would not be half of what they are.)

After reading Sabsi's report, Doug Adams commented:

So HS is talking about Kong, eh? There’s some staggeringly beautiful and heartfelt writing in there.

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Mar 30 2007, 4:43pm

Post #2 of 8 (366 views)
and another comment about Howard... [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought I would add this other post in that thread since it talks about Howard's character and how accessible he is to fans.


I've just visited this Forum to get some interesting Up-Dates on the upcoming third installment of the Complete Recordings.
BTW, here is the whole Interview I've done with Howard Shore on 14. of March 2007 in the Hotel Palace in Lucerne.
It was an amazing experience to meet Howard Shore. He was very tired, when I was interviewing him, but still in the mood for a chat.;-) Did you know, that he has two dogs and next time, when they're becoming puppies, he'd like to keep another two. A true dog-fan. Just like me... I'm having a picture of my dog as desktop wallpaper for my laptop, which brought us to that topic.

(I think English is the second language of this poster so I'm guessing he means to say 'the next time the dogs have puppies')

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Mar 30 2007, 8:19pm

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Ooo, intriguing news [In reply to] Can't Post

about the Hobbit and King Kong. Thanks for posting this here Magpie!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.

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SandWitch King

Mar 30 2007, 10:22pm

Post #4 of 8 (324 views)
I would LOVE to hear his Kong [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope Jackson and Universal have no objections but I would love to view the film while I try to cue the soundtrack appropriate. Impossible but fun!

No wonder all writers want to direct: one still has to put up with a load of nonsense, but even if wearing two hats (writer and director), there is one under which one is not called a thief and then raped.

mae govannen
Tol Eressea

Mar 31 2007, 9:49am

Post #5 of 8 (316 views)
First and immediate reaction to this: *Sobs*!... [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh my!!! To be there like she was, and to hear the LOTR symphony directed by HS himself!... And being so close to him while he was patiently and smilingly waiting for his picture to be taken correctly!...
He is such a sweet man indeed, on top of being so incredibly talented, and miraculously inspired for LOTR especially!!!
Howard Shore, I want to hug you!... Heart
Thanks to you too, Magpie, for sharing this...

'Is everything sad going to come untrue?'
(Sam, 'The Field of Cormallen', in 'The Return of the King'.)


Apr 2 2007, 5:55am

Post #6 of 8 (289 views)
Wonderful! Absolutely delightful! A thousand thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

This was so good. The report was lovely and brought tears to my eyes - what a terrific experience, and your friend writes so well about it.
I loved the picture of Howard smiling. I thought he looked rested and happy. Oh, to see him conduct. Some day, maybe.
The interview had really good questions and Howard is so interesting when talking about his work. Howard is just a nice nice man with amazing talent.
Oh, you just made my week, Maggie.
Love ya,

PS: I'll rush over to movie to answer your post. Thanks for that too.

= )

Egleria! Iorhael!

(former nick: "HobbitLoveR*M-e" among several others, briefly)

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Apr 6 2007, 3:46am

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Howard Shore's Talent [In reply to] Can't Post

Howard Shore is perfection in music. His talent and dedication to have each note fulfill a feeling or word is awe~inspiring. Heart I look forward to any new projects that he is involved with.

Thanks for letting me share!



Apr 9 2007, 7:03pm

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*tearing* omg [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't believe this has hit me so hard. I'd absolutly love to hear his King Kong music. I mourn the loss of his contribution to this film... and still smile and sigh when I see him in the orchestra pit. He's going to do The Hobbit. I can feel it in my bones!!! 2009 is my guess! Peter... are you listening!? *hands on hips, feet planted firmly* Young man... are you hearing me!

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Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

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