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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Lord Of The Rings Concert coming!

The tickets were sold out when I tred to get one a few days back, but people do return tickets for events when real life commitments get in the way, so the other day I went in to Hamer Hall to see if there was anything available. And there was! The ticket I bought is in the front row of the stalls, which means that I won't see the bottom of the giant screen, but the lady at the box office assured me this was the only thing that made it a restricted-view seat and dropped the price. She said I would certainly had a good view of the orchestra and that there was plenty of screen left to enjoy.

So tomorrow night at seven p.m. I will join the huge crowds filing into the newly refurbished Melbourne Concert Hall to hear the MSO play the score to the wonderful movie The Fellowship Of The Ring!

Howard Shore is one of a number of film composers who have been attracting notice in recent years. I have always loved movie music. My brother and I collected recordings all through our days at home. He was just a small boy when he scraped together his pocket money to buy the double album score for what the cover called The Star Wars. Now a grown man with two children of his own, he still has the vinyl version, though of course he got the CD when the boxed set came out some years ago. And the record of Jaws. I had my favourites - Miklos Rosza, who did all those epics in the 1950s and early 60s. Elmer Bernstein, also an epic composer(and, oddly, the composer for the British TV series Arthur Of The Britons!). Alex North was another favourite, for his score to Spartacus. If you know your film trivia, he also did a score to 2001:A Space Odyssey before they decided to go with the temp score. Ennio Morricone, who did the spaghetti Western scores, but also a terrific score to a TV miniseries in which Burt Lancaster played the role of Moses. And, of course Ernest Korngold!

So I was listening to all this music and getting funny looks from friends who pointed out that the idea of film music was to back the mood of the film, not to be heard by itself. But then something happened, not sure what, and suddenly everyone was talking about film music and Howard Shore was adapting his LOTR score into symphonic suites and even Doctor Who, which had relied on that famous Ron Grainer tune,was employing a guy called Murray Gold to score its new episodes and that music was making its way into the London Proms concerts and, eventually, to Melbourne, where it was seen by one of the friends who had told me she wasn't into film music if it distracted from the film....

Speaking of Doctor Who, check out YouTube for some deliciously bizarre renditions, including one where a young lad hums it in harmony with himself - and it works!

More of the concert when I have seen it.

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