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Will any notable soloists or soloists from the trilogy be involved with the music?


Sep 27 2012, 2:25am

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Will any notable soloists or soloists from the trilogy be involved with the music? Can't Post

Like Renée Fleming, etc.

I'm particularly interested to see what they do for Mirkwood, with the choirs and soloists performing.

(This post was edited by marcuspaine on Sep 27 2012, 2:26am)


Sep 27 2012, 2:54am

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I suppose notable is relative [In reply to] Can't Post

Lots of people knew who Enya was. Not so many knew who Renee was - even though she was certainly known in her field.

I would wager it's highly likely soloists will be involved. I would guess that notable ones will sing the end of the movie songs but that's not necessarily a given. Emiliana wasn't *that* notable. But for the songs in the movie, that could get relative. Some vocalists will be known by some people. What threshold meets 'notable' is subjective.

I'm not sure what you mean by " soloists from the trilogy". We now have two trilogies to consider. If you mean soloists from the LOTR trilogy, I suppose that's possible. It seems to me that Shore likes to mix it up a little. He didn't repeat many people from section to section of the movies. Each voice had it's own place. Renee got used more than others, perhaps, but she was mostly confined to the end of ROTK.

But the true answer is 'no one knows yet'. There is no information about the score being released or leaked at this point in time.

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Sep 27 2012, 3:40am

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I was actually thinking about this the other day.. [In reply to] Can't Post

Don't think we'll know anything though until the soundtrack descriptions come out

"'Ai! ai!' wailed Legolas. 'A Balrog! A Balrog is come!'
Gimli stared with wide eyes. 'Durin's Bane!' he cried, and letting his axe fall he covered his face.
'A Balrog,' muttered Gandalf. 'Now I understand. What an evil fortune! And I am already weary.''


Sep 27 2012, 3:56am

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Howard Shore's The Hobbit AUJ CD release date [In reply to] Can't Post

According to HMV the CD of music to The Hobbit, AUJ is to be released on the 8th of October.


Hopefully, we will then find out if Howard Shore has retained the grandeur that we have all come to expect of him. We should also get a good indication of the heart and soul of the film as the music adds so much to the emotional soundscape.
What songs and themes are included? We will shortly find out.


Sep 27 2012, 4:01am

Post #5 of 20 (376 views)
Not accurate... [In reply to] Can't Post

according to Doug Adams:

He didn't specify anything more than that and I don't think he can. He's signed an nda.

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Sep 27 2012, 4:14am

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Such a shame [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the correction Magpie. It looked promising, but if anyone should know it has got to be Doug Adams.
I wonder if we will get a full version of Far over the Misty Mountains?
We can but hope.


Sep 27 2012, 4:24am

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I'd welcome any of them back! [In reply to] Can't Post

Though probably not the young boy who did March of the Ents. His voice has likely grown out of that by now. Wink You sure as heck can't go wrong with Annie Lennox. I'd love to hear her again!


Sep 27 2012, 4:24am

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Oct 8 would seem awfully early [In reply to] Can't Post

The three LOTR movies OSTs were released

November 20, 2001
December 10, 2002
November 25, 2003

Also, I kind of think there will be some promotion before the release date. We've heard nothing up to now.

Lots of OSTs will release at least samples if not full tracks before it's released to get some hype and buzz going.

I wonder if there will be a production blog focusing on the music just before the OST goes on sale.

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Sep 27 2012, 4:44am

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Lets hope for a blog [In reply to] Can't Post

It would certainly be a good choice for the next blog from PJ.
The blogs have shown so many technical aspects of the production. A glimpse of the recording session in London would not only reassure the fans, but would be excellent publicity for the film that is so tantalizingly close.


Sep 27 2012, 9:05am

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Agreed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Would make for a brilliant vlog - and they can inter-cut it with some scenes as well.

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Sep 27 2012, 1:16pm

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Imagine the jam session of this man with Sylvester McCoy [In reply to] Can't Post

As Tolkien mentions in the goblins song:
"Clash, crash! Crush, smash!
Hammer and tongs! Knocker and gongs!

As tongs are a bit like playing the spoons there must be an opportunity for Sylvester McCoy to join in with the goblin song. I'm sure that he would love to learn new techniques from this man.


(This post was edited by Barrel-Rider on Sep 27 2012, 1:22pm)


Sep 27 2012, 1:30pm

Post #12 of 20 (226 views)
you might remember when PJ played the gong [In reply to] Can't Post

in a recording session. (although, I think, technically, it's called a tam-tam)

It never actually made it into the final soundtrack. It was more done for fun.


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Sep 27 2012, 1:41pm

Post #13 of 20 (217 views)
No excuse this time [In reply to] Can't Post

I do remember that post.

It should be a done deal with Sylvester on tongs(spoons),
Peter on gong and I'm sure they can get some dwarves to ring out some hammers on anvils.

What fun!!


Sep 27 2012, 1:46pm

Post #14 of 20 (214 views)
I do believe... [In reply to] Can't Post

they used hammers on anvils for Isengard music!


Don't you love how the tag is still on the hammer? :-)

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Sep 27 2012, 2:10pm

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Dinky hammer for a Dwarf [In reply to] Can't Post

It may ring better, but you would expect something the size of a lump hammer at the very least.

As you know Howard Shore used no end of exotic instruments in his scores for LoTR.
What instruments would you like to see used this time?

Will we get any viols? Will Thorin, Fili and Kili play the harps that are mentioned in the book?

I do not hold out any hope of accurate fingering from any of the dwarves, but it would be good to see the instruments all the same.

Why can they not employ someone to coach the dwarves in playing instruments as they do for movement, riding, speech and fighting?


Sep 27 2012, 2:20pm

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I'm sure he always insists on this as part of his contract. [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To

It should be a done deal with Sylvester on tongs(spoons),

A Far Dragon is the best kind...


Sep 27 2012, 2:30pm

Post #17 of 20 (215 views)
Eccentricity rules [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sure you are correct. Sylvester McCoy needs no encouragement to play his beloved spoons, as can be seen in blog 8.
All wizards should be able to let their hair down at times.


Sep 27 2012, 4:00pm

Post #18 of 20 (189 views)
How awesome would a group of these be at the battle of the five armies? [In reply to] Can't Post


With Dain's army charging onto the scene riding wild boars. It would certainly add atmosphere.


Sep 28 2012, 1:37am

Post #19 of 20 (153 views)
Yup [In reply to] Can't Post

While music is great, I wouldn't want to waste the visual nature of a vlog primarily on an a process whose product is aural.

If, however, we get lots of scenes of musicians playing in front of scenes from the film (ones we haven't seen yet), I will be happy.

Though I do wonder if Bifur's head ornament will have it's own musical leitmotif...


Sep 28 2012, 5:01am

Post #20 of 20 (283 views)
What leitmotifs do you think we will get? [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that we could see some individual dwarf leitmotifs, Thorin, Fili and Kili and Balin (who I am sure we are going to see play the role of Bilbo's confident and mentor.)
Then there are individual traits:
Bombur (gluttony/clumsy)
Nori (under hand)
Dwalin (warrior ethic)

Despite seeing a lot of the dwarves in the vlogs I feel that we have only scratched the surface of their characters.

A recent post suggested that Bifur's embedded axe may have a sad back story. There is still so much to discover.


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