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So did Howard Shore compose the Misty Mountains theme himself?

Arandir
Gondor


Apr 23 2013, 11:41am

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So did Howard Shore compose the Misty Mountains theme himself? Can't Post

This has been bothering me ever since I purchased 'The Hobbit' special edition soundtrack. On the back cover, where the track listings are, this particular song has an asterisk next to it indicating that its music was composed by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche and Janet Roddick.Unimpressed

Don't get me wrong, I love the theme pretty much like everyone else, but I can't help feeling that the most important piece of music in (possibly) all 3 films hasn't been created by the master Composer himself ... Unsure

... unless of course, I'm missing something Crazy

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painjoiker
Grey Havens


Apr 23 2013, 11:46am

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The main melody is not composed by Shore, [In reply to] Can't Post

but all the arrangements is very typically Shore and is arranged by him Wink

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TheHutt
Gondor


Apr 23 2013, 1:03pm

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Misty Mountains is by "Plan 9" [In reply to] Can't Post

...the same guys who wrote the music for PJ's "Forgotten Silver" back in 1995. Smile

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imin
Valinor


Apr 23 2013, 1:37pm

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Plan 9 [In reply to] Can't Post

So it was Plan 9 that made the main musical theme for the movie?

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Arandir
Gondor


Apr 23 2013, 2:45pm

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I don't mind but [In reply to] Can't Post

knowing that one of the (if not the) best pieces of music in the whole film isn't actually by the one its supposed to be, nags be a bit Crazy

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Oscarilbo
Lorien


Apr 23 2013, 3:33pm

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I know, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

see it this way: It's originally a folklore song from the Dwarfs history and culture. And they decided (Shore included) instead of composing a new theme, to make that folklore dwarvish song into the main theme. It makes perfect sense.

Plan 9 do not composed the main theme, they composed the folklore song, and it was decided later to use it as the main theme. At least that's how I imagine all happened

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painjoiker
Grey Havens


Apr 23 2013, 4:34pm

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That is how it happened // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Oscarilbo
Lorien


Apr 23 2013, 4:38pm

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I can't wait to hear (or read) the whole story about it! [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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sauget.diblosio
Tol Eressea

Apr 23 2013, 6:22pm

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Yeah, i'm looking forward to hearing how [In reply to] Can't Post

this particular piece of music came about, and how Howard Shore integrated it into his score. I know Shore had a hand in writing the music of some of the songs in the LotR movies, including Into the West, but not this time it seems.


IdrilofGondolin
Rohan

Apr 23 2013, 11:47pm

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Fran Walsh [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that is right. Fran wrote the melody and Howard Shore worked his magic on it. Can't remember where I read that. My mind is like a sieve.

 
 

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