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A non-Shore Lord of the Rings Symphony

Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Sep 8 2012, 9:08pm

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A non-Shore Lord of the Rings Symphony Can't Post

Okay, I'm probably the last person on Earth to know about this, but a (not on TORn) friend just pointed it out to me.

Here's a link to a page about Johan de Meij's Lord of the Rings Symphony. There's a lovely little video down in the lower right-hand corner, showcasing his movement No. 5, "Hobbits".

De Meij wrote the Symphony in the 80s, but the video includes artwork based on PJ's movies.

After almost memorizing Shore's music for the hobbits, de Meij's hobbit music sounds a bit grandiose in spots, but there's a very nice, bouncy melody. I need to buy a CD of the entire symphony.

Surely someone here is already familiar with it!

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A man may do both. For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day!


Magpie
Immortal


Sep 8 2012, 10:06pm

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I'm aware of it [In reply to] Can't Post

And I think I have an old cassette tape of it somewhere that I picked up at a thrift store.

But other than excerpts I've heard during Ellen Kusner's Sound and Spirit program on LOTR, I haven't listened to it.


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TomthePilgrim
Rohan


Sep 9 2012, 12:51am

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Johan de Meij is pretty good . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

. . . but not as primitive and innocent as I prefer.

I might suggest a few other discs . . .

1) Music inspired by Middle Earth (Elbereth Orchestra/David Arkenstone) .. I like this a lot, although I like David Arkenstone - a blend of Orchestral, Electronic and New Age - all songs are LOTR titles
2) In Elven Lands (Jon Anderson) .. if the name is familiar, he's the lead singer from Yes! I like this one also, as it has more of a medieval feel to it - mostly inspired by Simarillion stuff
3) Lord of the Rings (Soundtrack - Leonard Rosenman) .. Soundtrack to Bakshi's LOTR, orchestral, also has some nice parts
4) The Lord of the Rings (The Tolkien Ensemble & Christopher Lee) .. if the name is familiar . . . kidding. A small ensemble using simple instruments and vocals, more folkish, and Mr. Lee speaking many sections from the book . . . a side note, Margrethe II the Queen of Denmark is a big Tolkien fan, and she provides many drawings in the accompanying booklet
5) A Night in Rivendell (The Tolkien Ensemble) .. same outfit as 4), haven't heard it in years, all Tolkien inspired stuff.
6) I believe Rick Wakeman (also of Yes!) did a Lord of the Rings album . . . I remember not being impressed when I heard it . . . too electronic . . .
@) a song: Rivendell (Rush) .. yes, the Canadian progressive rock band. This song is off of an early album, Fly By Night. Rivendell is very much the opposite of the normal Rush fare . . . Geddy Lee singing softly and, I believe, playing the acostic guitar . . . I LOVE This song, worth it if you can find it as an MP3 download.


The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the Road has gone
And I must follow, if I can

"Thorin sat up with a start. 'Something is not right,' he muttered to himself as he stood up and
looked towards the mirror . . . . . . . . . 'Durin's bones', he gasped, 'what's happened to my beard?'"


Asger
Bree


Sep 9 2012, 9:49am

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Rick Wakeman (also of Yes!) did a Lord of the Rings album [In reply to] Can't Post

It was included in the 'Master of Middle-earth'/Master of the ring' DVD-box with drawings by the Hildebrand brothers. I haven't listened to it yet.

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 9 2012, 11:16am

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I really like Arkenstone's album, too :) [In reply to] Can't Post

I've heard many of the others, but not all. Thanks for the list!! :D Excuse me whilst I go shopping!!! :D


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Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Sep 9 2012, 2:17pm

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I think you've put your finger on it [In reply to] Can't Post

The de Meij "Hobbit" movement doesn't seem as primitive and innocent as I'd expect. I haven't heard the other movements yet.

Thank you for the list! Some of these I've heard, some not. While I love the Shore soundtracks, I'm trying not to think of them as the gold standard and everyone else as secondary.

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Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?

A man may do both. For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day!


TomthePilgrim
Rohan


Sep 9 2012, 2:24pm

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to me, it's a mood thing . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

I play Shore's LOTR soundtrack, Arkenstone's Middle Earth and Jon Anderson's In Elven Lands pretty evenly, depending upon my mood. Each is so different from the other two . . .
I have recently burned a CD with a few songs from each, and I added a number of Christopher Lee's bits from the Tolkien Ensemble album . . . that is my new favorite!


The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the Road has gone
And I must follow, if I can

"Thorin sat up with a start. 'Something is not right,' he muttered to himself as he stood up and
looked towards the mirror . . . . . . . . . 'Durin's bones', he gasped, 'what's happened to my beard?'"


Loresilme
Valinor


Sep 11 2012, 6:44pm

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Starting at around the 4:30 mark [In reply to] Can't Post

on the video posted on the site - does anyone else hear a similarity to one of the songs from the Phantom of the Opera?

 
 

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