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Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated?
• Posted by: roybatty   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 8:19 p.m.
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• In Response to: Is Howard Shore Overrated? (Eric)

> Okay, the 'Lord of the Rings' score is great, but I don't think Shore will
> ever compose anything else like it. I think he just got lucky with this
> one! He's no Horner or Williams, that's for sure. He's not even as good as
> Danny Elfman.

Howard Shore is indeed very overrated and is a thief to boot!! His music is, by and large, bland and uninspiring. When a piece of music by Shore is any good it is usually stolen from the work of another composer, and this includes much of the material in Lord of the Rings. Also, I would add that one of the few other Shore scores that I considered at all striking was "Ed Wood"(1994.) However,when I watched the film again recently,I was dismayed to hear the tune from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" in some of the Bela Lugosi scenes. Maybe this was a later interpolation at the director's request?? Whatever the case, that music was written by Tchaikovsky and is UNCREDITED in the movie. Yesterday, I was listening to Mahler's first symphony and heared a four-note motif in the fourth movement which is EXACTLY IDENTICAL to that heard at the beginning of "Ed Wood". Additionally, the theme from "The Aviator" is lifted note-for-note from a piece of music by Mussorgsky, but I heared this on the radio and can't remember what the specific piece was ( it may have been from "Pictures at an Exhibition", but I'm not that sure so if anyone knows of this it would be interesting to hear.) The only difference was that in the Mussorgsky the music was calm and quiet, but it was still the exact same piece.

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