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Orchestrations very thin?
• Posted by: DPAR   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, November 20, 2004, at 11:10 a.m.
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Was just wondering whether anyone agreed with me on this one, as half the world seems to worship the LOTR scores. Does anyone think the orchestrations are just too thin? It's an effect Shore used to great effect in his Silence of the Lambs score, but it just seems totally inappropriate to the LOTR films. Jackson didn't direct them as emotional dramas, IMHO, but rather as straight action flicks (the films, again IMHO, while entertaining, have about as much emotional thickness as a piece of paper). Given that direction for the film as a whole, shouldn't the music have been much "bigger" (by that I mean more orchestrally rich and varied)?

I suppose it doesn't help that I think the themes - and everything about the three scores, actually - are weak, unmemorable, and workaday, either....

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