Podcast: what is behind the music of The Lord of the Rings?

This year, Sacem received the composer Howard Shore as part of the 76th Cannes Film Festival for a lesson in film music. The opportunity for us to come back to one of his iconic compositions, “The Lord of the Rings”.


How to compose film music that marks the public? Like many of his colleagues, Howard Shore uses the “leitmotif” technique, which consists of associating themes with characters, places or feelings.

The theme of the Shire, the notes of Sauron, the music of hope in Middle-earth: in his river score to accompany Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Canadian maestro declines very specific melodies according to several approaches, rhythms, tones and instruments.

We explain everything to you in our Mélociné podcast, episode 9!

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Journalist – presenter: Constance Mathews

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