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How does it compare?

Tim P.
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crazyperson
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How does it compare?   Friday, December 24, 2004 (8:07 p.m.) 

Hello everyone. I am another one of the lovers of the LOTR scores, and I'm trying to select which one to buy. I see no sense in buying them all because there are many similar themes and motifs present, so one seems like enough. I have not yet heard the ROTK sdtk and I would like to know your opinions on how all the sdtks are and how they compare to one another. I have heard FOTR and actually wasn't very impressed with it. It was very repetitive and quiet all the way through, and aside from a few themes was just elevator music. I've heard TTT and found it to be a lot better than FOTR, with new themes and better performances of old ones. While all the music works well within the context of the films, I want the best sdtk available. I definetly like TTT more than FOTR, so how does ROTK compare? Thanks for your input!

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Tim P.
Re: How does it compare?   Friday, December 24, 2004 (11:43 p.m.) 

> Hello everyone. I am another one of the lovers of the LOTR scores, and I'm
> trying to select which one to buy. I see no sense in buying them all
> because there are many similar themes and motifs present, so one seems
> like enough. I have not yet heard the ROTK sdtk and I would like to know
> your opinions on how all the sdtks are and how they compare to one
> another. I have heard FOTR and actually wasn't very impressed with it. It
> was very repetitive and quiet all the way through, and aside from a few
> themes was just elevator music. I've heard TTT and found it to be a lot
> better than FOTR, with new themes and better performances of old ones.
> While all the music works well within the context of the films, I want the
> best sdtk available. I definetly like TTT more than FOTR, so how does ROTK
> compare? Thanks for your input!

I would say Return of the King is the best overall soundtrack. There are many different themes in the 19 songs, it's quite a variety. I have all three soundtracks, and RotK is my favorite. The Two Towers is really good, though. The songs on RotK have a sort of tense feel to them, and are more exciting (I think) than TTT or FotR. Also, the songs in Return of the King have a darker kind of tune than FotR or TTT. I'd buy Return of the King, but that's just my opinion.


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TGP
When will people understand that COMPARISON DOESN'T MAKE SENSE?   Sunday, January 23, 2005 (4:33 p.m.) 

> Hello everyone. I am another one of the lovers of the LOTR scores, and I'm
> trying to select which one to buy. I see no sense in buying them all
> because there are many similar themes and motifs present, so one seems
> like enough.

Now, I try to explain it to you; the three soundtracks, the three scores, although released one year apart, were conceived, planned and written as ONE score, ONE soundtrack.
Howard Shore's music isn't just "there", like 90 % of other scores, it plays as a narrative, it tells the story by developing themes, motives and gestures for almost every aspect/character/setting in the trilogy (there are about 50 leitmotifs!).
These motifs change over the course of the three soundtracks, and apart from the beauty of the themes, it's this development and the fantastic and subtle musical connection of themes and motivs that makes these scores so astounding.
It's not just film scoring, it's subtext.
As a prime example: it's amazing to hear Aragorn's theme developing from a simple string motif in "At The Sign Of The Prancing Pony" to a major and bold part of the Gondorian theme at the end of "Minas Tirith".
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

So, the music can only be fully understood and appreciated if heard in its entirety (and even three CDs with 70 minutes per disc don't do the complexity justice).

There shouldn't be any comparison or competition between the three LOTR scores because it's self- evident that they don't rival, but complement each other.

And even if you're only interested in the themes themselves, without the connections, it's impossible to get every major theme by buying just one Soundtrack.

> I have heard FOTR and actually wasn't very impressed with it. It
> was very repetitive and quiet all the way through, and aside from a few
> themes was just elevator music. I've heard TTT and found it to be a lot
> better than FOTR, with new themes and better performances of old ones.
> While all the music works well within the context of the films, I want the
> best sdtk available. I definetly like TTT more than FOTR, so how does ROTK
> compare? Thanks for your input!

It's true that the middle part of FOTR is very repetitive.
I can't really understand why you find it too quiet; there are more fast- paced pieces in there than really quiet ones.

If you mean with "elevator music" the clear thematic development and the orchestration, then I can only say that this isn't elevator music, but classical, operatic composition, based on 19th century harmony, except for a few cues, like the Army Of The Dead music.

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Re: When will people understand...   Tuesday, January 25, 2005 (3:44 p.m.) 

I completely understand you, but I can't afford to buy every single score I love. When it comes to large series like Star Wars or LOTR with many similar themes, I find that it's usually best to buy only one because I an't afford the others. Plus, one usually stands high above the rest anyway. For example, I only got the Empire Strikes Back score out of all Star Wars because I found New Hope to be slightly weaker and juvenile in comparison, and Return of the Jedi has some terrible Ewok songs and some missing themes. Empire on the other hand has the awesome Battle of Hoth and the best performances of the Force theme, etc. I bought ROTK because I quite simply did not enjoy FOTR and TTT had too much of an emphasis on the Rohan theme. FOTR had the great Hobbit hymn and the Isengard themes, which were better performed on ROTK (the full orchestra presentation of the Hobbit theme is amazing). I agree that they are all pieces of one score, much as each film is a part of the same story. Unlike the films, I don't see a reason to own all three when they are so similar. I can't afford every single score that's good, so I narrow it down this way. Comparisons are also nice because they help to make decisions and they keep things specific.

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