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Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated?
• Posted by: Justin Such   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, March 11, 2006, at 11:48 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Is Howard Shore Overrated? (Paulie)

Once again I must respectfully disagree with you. While it is true Howard Shore had been working for film industry for a while going back to the 1980s and had not been noted or even notice by the main stream Film Music community. But consider for a moment that it took John Williams over a decade to be recognize for his work with his adaptation of Fielder on the Roof in 1971 (he started written film music 1959), and another four years after that to be finally recognized for an original Score with Jaws in 1975. When I said he came from no where on the music scene I meant preciously that; not that he had not done any work in the film score area. Lets face it in 2001 when the composer was named for the Lord of the Rings the reaction for the most part was “Howard who??” But Shore defied our skepticism at his ability and wrote the greatest musical accomplishment in film Music since John Williams Original Star Wars Trilogy. Shore appearance on the music scene was much along the lines of that of Danny Elfmen appearance on the music scene with Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Batman Returns (1992). As for King Kong 2005, I view it much along the lines of Troy in 2004 with Gabriel Yard, and James Horner (who in this writer opinion is the most overrated composer currently working in Hollywood), just because there was split between the director and the composer doesn’t mean the composer was doing poor work (in the case of Troy Gabriel Yard had in fact wrote the superior Score and we were stuck with Horner repetitive and incompetent score), and if my sources are correct the split between Jackson and Shore happen because Shore wanted to go for something more similar to Max Steiner’s score in the original King Kong (1933) and Jackson wanted something that was more different from that style. That being said what we got with James Newton Howard Score was excellent and a worthy of the Film it accompanied.

> The point here is that he didn't just "burst" onto the musical
> scene. Howard has been here for a fair bit, and hasn't shown anything that
> remarkable. As good as LOTR is, i have to agree with the statements that
> he won't be doing anything else to this level...Sad, but it's only
> bolstered by the fact of what happened with King Kong.

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