Howard Shore

« previous episode | next episode »

Saturday, October 02, 2010

On this edition of Movies on the Radio, composer Howard Shore joins host David Garland to present and talk about his film music. Shore creates a wide range of moods and feelings in his film scores, from the heroic drama of The Lord of the Rings, to the strange uneasiness expressed in his music for director David Cronenberg.

Shore will also discuss the concerts Oct. 8 and 9 at Radio City Music Hall featuring The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers performed live to film.

Comments [20]


The host of this shows loves the sound of his own voice, that's for sure. He talked more than Howard did, and would answer his own questions after he asked them. Lame.

Nov. 14 2010 04:20 PM
Alexandra Caruso from Brooklyn

I was in the children's chorus- the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and it was so memorable to perform in it. It was very exciting to see every love the performance so much...

Oct. 25 2010 07:09 PM
David Garland

Thanks for all your comments. I know Howard Shore was pleased to hear from you.

Suzy Doob, thanks for your post-performance update!


Oct. 18 2010 11:14 AM
Suzy Doob from Still in Forest Hills

Just returned from singing in the first performance: beautiful, fun, tiring and long! Thanks for my "15 minutes".

Oct. 09 2010 01:42 AM
Tim(dalf) Fisher from Valley Cottage, NY

PS: ...included with the book is over an hour of previously unreleased Shore Ring music to add to the Complete Recordings sets.

Oct. 03 2010 07:26 AM
Tim(dalf) Fisher from Vally Cottage, NY

Nice interview, and good to hear a range of Shore compositions. One omission: no mention of the superb book on "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films" by Doug Adams (in conjunction with Maestro Shore) due out this week! Available at the usual book outlets. Magnficiently illustrated and insightful with fascinating musicological analysis of the Rings score.

Oct. 03 2010 07:19 AM
Greg Bauer from NY, NY

I seem to recall you acting as musical director for Saturday Night Live, as I particularly remember Lily Tomlin introducing the band as "Howard Shore and his all- nurse band" when she sang the tune, "St. James' Infirmary!

Oct. 02 2010 10:26 PM
Doreen Stokes from North Haven, CT

Howard, do you think you would ever do the Extended concerts??

Oct. 02 2010 09:52 PM
Bette Carrano from Menham, NJ

Thank you for broadcasting the voice of musical genius into my home tonight. The Lord of the Rings is Tolkien's literary vision given life on the screen...and Mr. Shore has brought that story to life audibly in all it's glory. Thank you.

Oct. 02 2010 09:48 PM
John Goodwin from Demarest, NJ

I read LOTR twice out loud to my children & several times to myself & of course saw the three movies on their opening days. I loved them & the music was wonderful. But, the last few scenes of "The Return of The King" were left out, scouring of the shire & to the Gray Havens. I wonder f Mr. Shore know why. Best wishes, Great show.
John Goodwin, Demarest, NJ

Oct. 02 2010 09:39 PM
Alex Perez from Valencia, SPAIN

Two questions for Mr.Shore:

-What can you say about your new piano concert "Ruin and Memory" performed by Lang Lang?

-Im a bassoon player and I love the orchestrations of your work. Focusing cellos and bassoon on a lot of soundtracks gives always a beatiful "colour".
Do you have plans to compose a concerto for bassoon?

Oct. 02 2010 09:38 PM
Jordan from Rio de Janeiro from Brazil

Wonderful program and sensational music! Howard: which classical music composers do you admire? Which film theme composers of the past? Keep up the great work. We all look forward to more of the same emotional music that you produce so beautifully.

Oct. 02 2010 09:34 PM
Anna from New York

Dear Howard Shore,

Aside from being a huge fan, I was wondering about if you have had any inspirations that allowed you to write such great music for movies such as The Lord of the Rings? Also, being a member of a youth orchestra, would you be willing to allow youth orchestras to play the original score? I know our orchestra wants to play it! Thank you and I hope you write more phenomenal music for the Hobbit movie.

Oct. 02 2010 09:33 PM
Alex from Miami

With so many great behind the scenes artists who worked on "Lord of the Rings", and now working on 20th Century Fox's "Caesar: Rise of the Apes", will you be involved on the filmscore of "Caesar: Rise of the Apes?"

Oct. 02 2010 09:18 PM

Not a day goes by that I don't listen to one of the 3 soundtracks. Helps me thru my day. It is my light..when all other lights go out!

Oct. 02 2010 09:15 PM
GCL from Astoria Queens

I saw the films, over the entire three year period. They were beautifully done. And his soundtrack is indeed part of the symphonic worlds, of work that are also including space itself. CF, the works by John Williams.

Oct. 02 2010 09:13 PM
Alex Perez from Valencia, SPAIN

Cheers to Howard Shore from SPAIN!!

Oct. 02 2010 09:02 PM

Regrets, it's not at Youtube, its at Google Videos
"videos dot google dot com" and search on Howard Shore

Oct. 02 2010 04:27 PM

Searching around for a recording of "The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra and Chorus", I did find the video "Howard Shore Creating the Lord of the Rings Symphony (DVD - 1994) " at Amazon.

Better yet, I found the video at YouTube. It is wonderful. Not a substitute for a recording, as it is done in a documentary style.

But, if one uses Firefox, with the add-in Fast Video Download, or "FVD", one can capture the video in pretty darn good quality. This is a flash video. So, if one wants to put it on a Zune, or otherwise make it more mobile, one can use AVS Video Converter 6 to convert the video to any of a large number for formats.

Oct. 01 2010 10:13 AM
Suzy Doob from New York City

I'm singing in the 10/8 and 10/9 performances at Radio City. This is a wonderful score to sing. The music resonates all through the body.

Sep. 30 2010 11:31 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.