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Lord Of The Rings Beats Star Wars In Movie Score Survey-TGN

Summary

  • Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings score has been voted the best movie score of all time in a new survey of over 10,000 U.K. citizens.
  • John Williams occupies the #2 and #3 spots with Schindler’s List and Star Wars, respectively.
  • Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings plays a crucial role in the films, with different characters and locations having their own themes that add emotional depth.


The Lord of the Rings has beaten Star Wars in a new survey in which U.K. citizens voted on the best movie scores of all time. Directed by Peter Jackson, the hit trilogy of films is based on the novels by author J.R.R. Tolkien. Despite hitting theaters about 20 years ago now, The Lord of the Rings movies remain beloved and are widely considered some of the best fantasy films ever made, with Howard Shore’s score playing an important part in this.

Now, U.K. radio station Classic FM (via THR) has compiled a list of the top 100 movie scores of all time as voted on by over 10,000 people. Shore’s The Lord of the Rings came in at the number 1 spot, with John Williams’ scores for Schindler’s List and Star Wars occupying second and third place respectively. Due to movie scores like Jurassic Park (8), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (11), and Indiana Jones (13), among others, Williams emerges as the U.K.’s most popular composer overall.

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Tolkien’s novels are beloved for many reasons, but the vast fantasy world of Middle-earth that he creates is undoubtedly one of them. Jackson had the seemingly impossible task of translating this world and all its intricacies onto the big screen, something that he pulled off with flying colors. Impressive practical effects and what were, at the time, groundbreaking VFX and CGI led to a Middle-earth that was visually stunning.

Shore’s score, however, arguably plays just as important a role as the trilogy’s visuals. Characters and locations all have their own themes, solidifying them in viewers’ minds and adding to the emotional components of different scenes. Shore’s theme for the Shire, for example, and its iconic flute melody might just be one of the most recognizable and memorable pieces of film music ever, and it plays throughout the trilogy to great effect when Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) are reminiscing about their home.

Elves, Dwarves, and the race of Men all have their own themes and musical styles as well, with music for the Elves, for example, contributing to just how regal and ethereal they are. It’s now almost impossible to imagine The Lord of the Rings without Shore’s music and it remains a score that will evidently stand the test of time.

Source: Classic FM (via THR)

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