Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Book Review: The Music of The Lord of the Rings by Doug Adams

Title: The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films
Author: Doug Adams
Publisher: Alfred Music
Publication Date: October 2010
Pages: 416
Format: Hardback
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Bought Copy

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Howard Shores Academy Award-winning score for The Lord of the Rings has been hailed as some of the greatest film music ever written. Sweeping in scope, it is an interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth as music---an operatic tapestry of cultures. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films is a wonderful, in-depth look at the score from the amazing film trilogy. Adams presents a fascinating journey through the themes and leitmotifs in the score and this is a gorgeous companion book for fans of the films.

One word of caution though - to fully appreciate this book, I would suggest at least an intermediate understanding of music theory is required as Adams goes into some depth and it would not mean anything to non-musicians who are unfamiliar with the topic.

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