Just this morning Sohaib Awan at Fictional Frontiers spoke to Howard Shore about his recent composition for Macy’s who are celebrating their 150th anniversary. During the interview, Howard had a few words to say about the Hobbit:
HOWARD SHORE SPEAKS TO SOHAIB AWAN AT FICTIONAL FRONTIERS
At radio WJNC1360 Online
Philadelphia – Sunday 28th Sept 08 11:40am
Transcript by Elven
From the top of the interview:
Sohaib: (speaking about the attendance at the celebratory concert) … I know a lot of the attendee’s are huge fans of Lord of The Rings films and I have to ask a couple of questions related to those films. I feel, to me, they are the seminal works in film over the last 35 to 40 years. And I think you’re score is as a critical as important as the actors and directors in that piece. To me it is one of the premiere pieces of modern music. Looking back at the film itself and your work on the Lord of the Rings is there a particular piece your most proud of, and is there a particular piece that you most personally relate to?
Howard Shore: Its such a vast epic story, that I always relate it to the very small intimate story of The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings really is this relationship of Frodo and Sam, and it’s at the centre of it, and I’m very keen on making sure that that was always close to my writing and close to my heart.
Sohaib: Hmm, as that story was to all of us. One last question before we go Howard, I have to ask you – You brought up the Hobbit. The new Hobbit films are obviously on their way in the next couple of years – are you going to be involved with this project, and if so, are you already started thinking about ideas along those lines. Will we see similar themes carried over from the original trilogy to the new films?
Howard: Yes I am starting to work on the Hobbit. A lot of the group is coming back together to work on it. It’s really a wondrous occasion. It’s fantastic guide for me to be able to go back to Middle earth and create more music , ‘cause these films, the films, are placed before Fellowship of the Ring, so I have to go back into Middle earth a little earlier and pick up my writing, and write a piece that would grow and take you right into Fellowship of the Ring.
Sohaib: Well Howard, it’s a great honour. A couple of years ago I had the great pleasure of driving all the way from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh for the first time ever to actually see you conduct the symphony out there – The Lord of the Rings Symphony – and you probably don’t recall, you ‘ve met thousands of people throughout the world – but I remember meeting you out on the street Hine Centre there. Again its a real honour, and I speak personally as a fan, not only of your work on this film, but the other film. I want to thank you for all you’ve contributed to these films and the projects that you do, any projects you are going to be working on, I know they are going to be outstanding. Good luck on this momentous occasion this weekend, and I know its going to be incredible and Im definitely, definitely looking forward to it. Thanks for taking the time.