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Top 10 Film Scores of 2012

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One of the joys of compiling a year-end list is revisiting film scores that I may have forgotten. With so many scores released over the last 12 months, it’s easy for one or more to slip through the cracks. As usual, some scores that I was sure would make my list didn’t. By all rights, Nick Urata’s sweet and charming RUBY SPARKS would be included, as would Dan Romer and Behn Zeitlin’s Cajun-flavored BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Danny Elfman had a busy year and his scores for FRANKENWEENIE and HITCHCOCK…

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Top 10 Film Scores of 2011


Film Score Click Track readers have had their say, now it’s my turn. I wonder if I’ll look back ten years from now and see 2011 as a turning point in my film music development. This past year, I found myself listening in different ways, with my attention captured by details and intricacies beyond the surface effect of the music. And perhaps I was far more open and receptive to more composers and musical styles than in years past, or maybe it there were other reasons. Of course, the year…

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CD Review: Hugo


Martin Scorcese directing a family film? What the what? Based on Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret, HUGO stars Asa Butterfield as an orphan living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris, who gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father (Jude Law), a bitter toy booth owner (Ben Kingsley), and an automaton. Not surprisingly, the Oscar-winning director, best known for his gritty urban dramas, takes a very adult approach to the film, never pandering to the family audience. The magical film is a feast for the eyes,…

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CD Review: The Lord of the Rings Symphony


It’s been a big year for LORD OF THE RINGS fans. The extended editions were released on Blu-ray in June, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING celebrates its tenth anniversary, and now we finally see the release of Howard Shore‘s The Lord of the Rings Symphony on Howe Records, his personal label. With the help of conductor John Mauceri, Shore adapted the nearly 12-hours worth of music from his Oscar-winning scores into a two-hour, six-movement work. Like the scores themselves, the musical forces for the symphony are massive, calling for symphony orchestra, mixed chorus,…

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9 Favorite Film Scores of Howard Shore

The Lord of the Rings

June seems to be Howard Shore month. THE LORD OF THE RINGS extended editions are being released on Blu-ray at the end of the month, it was just announced that RETURN OF THE KING will return to Radio City in 2012, and tickets go on sale tomorrow for the first FELLOWSHIP West Coast concert tour this fall. So I thought it was about time I gave Shore his own “9 on the 9th” post. If Shore had written nothing but the LOTR scores, he would be accorded an honored place in film music history. But…

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Top 10 Film Scores of 2010


Like many film music fans, I tend to lament the current state of film scoring. And then a year-end Top 10 list helps me refocus and appreciate the work that many composers are contributing to the art form. Sure, there’s still plenty of mediocrity and crap being written, often through no fault of the composer, but I had no trouble at all compiling a list of worthy scores for the year. You know it’s a strong list if I had to regrettably leave off a Rachel Portman score. Once again,…

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CD Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


Let me admit right off the bat that I’m not a TWILIGHT fan. What little I read of Stephenie Meyer’s puerile prose in the first book offended me as a writer. I’ve seen the first two films and I find them to be poorly acted pabulum for the eyes and ears. And yet somehow three wildly different composers have been able to tap into something beneath the surface of the stilted dialogue and whiny adolescent pining to create unique musical landscapes for each of the films in the series. For…

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CD Review: Edge of Darkness


When it was announced back in October that John Corigliano’s score for the Mel Gibson thriller EDGE OF DARKNESS had been rejected in the 11th hour (the film was due to open a few weeks later), I was sorely disappointed. I had been looking forward to a new score from the Oscar winner after a 10-year hiatus. But the disappointment was tempered by the promise of a new Howard Shore score. Headlining a film for the first time since his 2002 lead role in SIGNS, Gibson stars in this remake of…

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9 Favorite Lord of the Rings Cues

The Lord of the Rings

In honor of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING concerts performed live to film tonight and tomorrowat Radio City Music Hall, I’ve devoted this month’s “9 on the 9th” to my favorite cues from the trilogy. I’ve used the single-CD editions of the scoressince those are the versions I’m more familiar with. (I) – THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (II) – THE TWO TOWERS (III) – THE RETURN OF THE KING 9. Samwise the Brave (II) [audio:samwisethebrave.mp3] While THE TWO TOWERS lacks the joy of “first discovery”…

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CD Review: Howard Shore – Collector’s Edition Vol. 1

Howard Shore

It’s LORD OF THE RINGS week here in New York City and I’m Shore-ing myself up with the music of Howard Shore all week in anticipation of the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING concert on Saturday. As part of the press junket for the event, Howard appeared at Barnes & Noble last weekend to talk with Doug Adams about LOTR and promote a new series of COLLECTOR’S EDITION releases on his Howe Records label. Another benefit of Shore’s appearance was a chance to get ahold of the disc 10 days before…

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