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What have you been listening to ?


Jan 3 2013, 12:34am

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What have you been listening to ? Can't Post

Happy New Year everyone ! I hope you all had a great holiday season, and aren't sick ( like most of the people I know )

I have been listening to a lot of good music lately, but The Hobbit soundtrack is reigning supreme in the rotation . I picked up the special edition for the extended versions of several tracks on the regular soundtrack, and the exclusive tracks....

The Trollshaws
A Very Respectable Hobbit
The Dwarf Lords
The Edge of the Wild

When I first saw the film, I thought there might have been a heavy leaning on the 'Misty Mountain' melody, but now that i've seen it 5 times, I think it works well everytime it's used, and has become tatooed on my brain Laugh

Some highlights of the soundtrack to my ears are....

My Dear Frodo - Coming in at just over 8 minutes, this tune covers the prologue when Bilbo is telling the story to Frodo in Bag End. Quite a few different moods are contained in the song, even some music that should sound familiar to most of us. All of these various moods are blended together seamlessly by Mr. Shore, and make for an excellent start to the musical proceedings.

Crack The Plates - I can't get this song out of my mind !

Misty Mountain Song - Words cannot describe how much I love this. I get goose bumps every time I hear it and had to employ great restraint from singing along in the theater.

The Adventure Begins - Great duality in only a little over two minutes length. This music is heard when Bilbo is coming to the conclusion that he would forever regret not going on an adventure as he wanders the suddenly quiet, dwarf free Bag End. Pensive, haunting notes give way to sheer joy as Bilbo flees down the hill to join the company.

The World Is Ahead - This is the first time we hear the 'Misty Mountain' melody as a recurring theme in the film.

Song Of The Lonely Mountain - I think Neil Finn did a lovely job with this. It was this song that made me stay through the credits ( much to my friends dismay....)

Radagast The Brown - Starting with some lovely choral work, the song morphs into quite a few directions, mirroring the frantic Radagast perfectly. Brilliant stuff here, and one of my favorite pieces on the soundtrack.

I absolutely adore the entire effort by Mr. Shore, and look forward to what he will bring to the second picture. Unfortunately, most of the songs aren't linked to youtube yet ( or they are blocked ?)

I'd love to hear y'all's opinion on the music for The Hobbit. Did you buy the soundtrack ?


Jan 3 2013, 3:04am

Post #2 of 12 (125 views)
Bought extended version for same reason [In reply to] Can't Post

There were too many good songs to miss on the regular version.

I wish the Misty Mountain Song were longer. It is so short, I have to keep hitting replay. I know people complained that the dwarf songs were too long (!), but this is too little! And I adore the instrumental version of its melody that plays when they are walking across the landscape. Gives me the same goosebumps I got when the Fellowship theme first swells up as they leave Rivendell in FOTR.


Jan 3 2013, 3:39am

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2 pieces [In reply to] Can't Post

David Arkenstone - 'Eastern Dream'- from 'Valley in the Clouds' 1987

Gandalf - 'Silent Joy' - from 'Sacred River' - 2006


Jan 3 2013, 12:36pm

Post #4 of 12 (117 views)
Yup, I've been listening to the Hobbit soundtrack [In reply to] Can't Post

I love it Cool Though there do seem to be many great bits on the CDs that were replaced by some not-so-great bits in the film (some were actually replaced by great bits though, such as the big nature theme rendition for the eagle rescue).

As there is so much different music, and hopefully an EE on the way, I can't wait to hear the Complete Recordings!Smile

I've also given the FOTR and ROTK complete recordings a LOT of play recently Cool as well as the TTT OST, as I don't have TTT CR yet Unsure

Howard Shore is the master.

Tol Eressea

Jan 3 2013, 2:46pm

Post #5 of 12 (100 views)
yup been listening to some of the soundtrack, but I think I'll be waiting for the complete edition maybe. [In reply to] Can't Post

As for stuff I've been listening to:

really nice Samba sunrise - guitar song by Jukka Tolonen, Finish musician.
an amazing late-Romantic composition 'In the Forest' by M K Čiurlionis, a Lithuanian composer written in the first decades of the 20th Century.

An amazing person (wiki article) and did many quite fantastical paintings too.

--I'm a victim of Bifurcation--

Join us over at Barliman's chat all day, any day!

(This post was edited by Xanaseb on Jan 3 2013, 2:47pm)


Jan 3 2013, 10:23pm

Post #6 of 12 (92 views)
An Evening in Rivendell [In reply to] Can't Post

Got this CD for Christmas and I like it a lot. It IS funny to hear some familiar lines set to different music (i.e., The Road Goes Ever On and On) but The Tolkien Ensemble did a great job setting many songs from the LOTR trilogy to music.


Jan 4 2013, 9:19pm

Post #7 of 12 (79 views)
Agree entirely [In reply to] Can't Post

I would love an extended version of the Misty Mountain song ! Here's to hoping one exists.....for the 'complete recordings' perhaps ?


Jan 4 2013, 9:45pm

Post #8 of 12 (82 views)
Hey, I recently bought a few David Arkenstone songs..... [In reply to] Can't Post

Have you heard his 'Celtic Journeys' ? Some beautiful music to be found on this release. I bought tracks 1,4, & 6.

David Arkenstone - Celtic Journeys


Jan 4 2013, 10:19pm

Post #9 of 12 (75 views)
I like this one... [In reply to] Can't Post

Heart(click on heart)


Jan 4 2013, 10:21pm

Post #10 of 12 (72 views)
Look at me learning things.... [In reply to] Can't Post

I had never heard of MK Ciurlionis before. Lovely music and art Smile


Jan 6 2013, 3:21am

Post #11 of 12 (70 views)
I do not recall that i have. [In reply to] Can't Post

I listen a lot to Soundscapes on my cable server and i catch as catch can there and i scribble 'madly' at the end of a piece the ones i really like.

I listened to a few on the review and i like them. Actually one reason why i like the RenFaire by me is that so much of this music is played all over the grounds in small plays, or song fests or those traveling the paths through the Faire. What's amazing is that it reminds me of birdsong in the wood. The sounds come from near and distant. Many times i listen more intently on the distant ones. Hamfast have experieced yet a Faire like this?


Jan 6 2013, 7:18pm

Post #12 of 12 (93 views)
I've been to two Renaissance Faire's... [In reply to] Can't Post

and the style is very similar to minstrel songs, but my love of Celtic music actually comes from spending time in Irish pubs, drinking far too many pints of Guinness, and absolutely loving the folk singers that performed Smile

The music has a jovial quality, and the use of acoustic instruments gives it a warm inviting tone.


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