The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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            The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring was a spectacular success from 2001 (earning almost a billion dollars in world-wide distribution), and was nominated for thirteen Oscars, including Best Original Score.  Composer Howard Shore is a native of Toronto, with ten Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammys to his credit.  In addition to film scores, he has written several concert works, including an opera and two concertos.  A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has a background in jazz, and for a while was music director of Saturday Night Live, composing the theme for the show.  A bit of trivia:  apparently he suggested the title for the movie, The Blues Brothers. Of his eighty-something film scores, he is well known for The Silence of the Lambs, Gangs of New York, and The Aviator.  But, his greatest success surely is that of The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring.

--Wm. E. Runyan

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