Sunday, November 8, 2015

Lord of the Rings Voted Best Soundtrack of All Time

So I saw this come up today:

The article describes how the Jackson Lord of the Rings movies were voted as being the best movie soundtracks of all time, beating out top contenders such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Titanic, Schindler's List, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

We talked about the music of the movies in class not too long ago, and I thought it'd be interesting to hear your thoughts on the article, and whether or not Howard Shore's score is indeed one of the best of all time. I personally would rate it very highly.


Ulmo said...

I liked how this article described the music as "transcending" the movies. The music is so well-done that it both adds to the artistry of the films and is an incredible work of art all alone. It is likely that Howard Shore put in a comparable amount of effort into the pieces that Tolkien put into his writing, and the quality of work truly shows through. It is nearly impossible to think of LOTR movies without also including the legacy of the music, which simply emphasizes its importance even more.

Lórien said...

It is very difficult to say whether it is really the best movie score of all time. Even if you limit the scope to originally composed movie scores, best is subjective. Best could be most musical, highest sales of the sound track, or most impact of modern culture. It's hard to argue with the success of the music from films like The Graduate, and to say people will recognize the music of Lord of the Rings over Jaws is a stretch. However, purely from a standpoint of musicality, scale, and quality of performance; few films before or since have ever managed to accomplish. The music is heavily descriptive and incredibly emotional. The moments that people remember from the film are often highlighted by the music. Think back to the scene where the fellowship emerges from Moria after Gandalf fell. Would that scene have had nearly the impact it did, without the music? The melodies are powerful and memorable, the instrumentation is well thought out, and the harmonic structure is both interesting to listen to and complicated to explain. Personally, I can't think of any original movie score that I listen to more. I love the march from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I don't sit around listening to it on loop. The complexity and diversity of Howard Shore's music allows it to maintain its value out of context of the films.

Ossë said...

I absolutely do think it is one of the best movie scores of all time. The music is practically perfect in every way, and all the different themes in the score are beautiful. But like Lórien said, calling it the best score of time is obviously subjective. Personally, it would be hard for me to choose what I consider to be the best score of all time. It would probably be a tie between several of the other movies listed in the article. I love John Williams' music too, and I wouldn't want to have to choose between his music and Howard Shore's!

Estë said...

I don’t know much about music and even less about movie scores but the LOTR does have seriously beautiful music, perhaps more so than any other film that comes to mind.
It was really interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts on the score in class, it made me think about the films in a new way. It certainly is true that the music plays a huge role not only in the films, but also in the books (of course in a different way). I have enjoyed hearing different perspectives on this topic that I don’t often think about. Thanks for sharing this article!