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The Lord of the Rings [Original 1978 Soundtrack Recording]


  • 1. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): History of the Rings - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    2. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Gandalf Throws the Ring - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    3. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Journey Begins/Encounter With the Ringwraiths - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    4. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Trying to Kill Hobbits - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    5. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Escape to Rivendell - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    6. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Company of the Ring - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    7. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Mines of Moria - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    8. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Battle in the Mines/The Balrog - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    9. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Mithrandir - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    10. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Frodo Disappears - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    11. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Following the Orcs - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    12. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Fleeing Orcs - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    13. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Attacks of the Orcs - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    14. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Gandalf Remembers - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    15. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Riders of Rohan - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    16. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Helm's Deep - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    17. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Dawn Battle/Thoden's Victory - (with Leonard Rosenman)
    18. Lord of the Rings, film score, The (1978): Voyage to Mordor/Theme from the Lord of the Rings - (with Leonard Rosenman)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1

  • Credits
    ProducerLeonard Rosenman; Saul Zaentz
    EngineerDave Luke; Grover Hensley; Grover Helsley; Leonard Rosenman

    Original score composed by Leonard Rosenman.
    Recorded at Filmways Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Laurie Battle.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Composers: Ralph Ferraro; Leonard Rosenman.
    Audio Remixers: David Luke; Leonard Rosenman.
    Recording information: Filmways; Heider Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
    Editors: Jim Henrikson; Joe Tarantino; Leonard Rosenman.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: David Luke; Katie Wesdorf; Phil Carroll; Jim Stern; Joe Tarantino.
    This disc contains the original motion picture soundtrack to the 1978 animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Although the film was universally decried, the soundtrack has actually developed a cult following of its own. The score was composed and conducted by Leonard Rosenman, who likewise co-produced this recording. Other notable scores bearing his inimitable style include those for Cobweb, East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and the more science fiction-oriented Fantastic Voyage and Beneath the Planet of the Apes. For Lord of the Rings, Rosenman leans heavily on his pre-cinematic influences and studies in the avant-garde. According to Laurie Battle's liner notes, exclusive to this 2001 reissue, it may be a result of the influence that Arnold Schoenberg's style had on Rosenman that informs many of the themes found throughout this score. The methodology could be likened to Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," as musical themes quickly develop, representing specific characters and their interactions. The settings -- or locations of action -- are also individualized with specific motifs, the most notable being the march-like rhythms representing Mordor. Although never established independently, these musical landmarks contrast as well as interact to form mini-vignettes that owe as much to Pierre Schaeffer's musique concrte as to anything remotely traditional in motion picture scoring. The entire contents of the original double-LP set are contained on this disc. The eight-panel liner notes foldout features full-color stills from the animated film as well as the insightful essay and track-by-track commentary from Laurie Battle. ~ Lindsay Planer

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