Hobbits By Candlelight
If you’re a film buff, you have no doubt heard the scores of composer Howard Shore: Silence of The Lambs, Spotlight, Crash, Hugo, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Aviator, Philadelphia, Mrs. Doubtfire…
What you may not know is that this award-laden composer is Canadian. Born 1946 in Toronto, the Order of Canada-honoured Shore is particularly known for his memorable motifs for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which earned him 3 Academy Awards, not to mention the multiple Grammys.
Shore talked about his writing process with John Brunning of Classic FM. “I write music every day and I have been doing that since I was a youngster. It doesn’t feel like a day to me unless that pencil is moving on those pages and ideas are being formed.”
Shore explained that it is important to him to be in beautiful surroundings while he writes. “The world that I write in is very 19th Century and very green. I live in a forest. The connection to nature is very important to me. And I think that was also the connection to Tolkien’s work. I know how important that was to Tolkien and his writing: everything that was green and good.”
One particularly beloved Shore piece is Concerning Hobbits, heard in its entirety in The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring Soundtrack.
If you’d like to hear Concerning Hobbits in a beautifully quiet setting, check out Film Scores and Hollywood Epics, one of the Candlelight Concerts featuring live musicians playing at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church this summer.
Along with Howard Shore’s beloved piece, The Listeso String Quartet will be playing a selection of film classics. The tentative program released so far includes: Ramin Djwadi’s Game of Thrones, Hedwig’s Theme from John Williams, Randy Newman’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Leonard Bernstein’s America from West Side Story..
Other concerts in The Vancouver Candlelight series include an evening of Beethoven and another with Chopin.