Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by spalka621, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. spalka621

    spalka621 Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    has anyone here played teh Return of the Kind music from lord of the rings. If so whats the best way to play and or practice the really hard part" at least for me" at measure 138. It moves fast and switches time alot. I just can't seem to get it. Thanks for any help. :bawl:
  2. Tbeers


    Mar 27, 2005
    I played all of the LotR music.

    That one part is difficult, but hardly impossible. I know exactly the one you're talking about. What makes it tough is that some of the note jumps are weird, there is syncopation galore, changes of time signature, and it's an exposed part.

    Deal with it as you would deal with any other tricky spot: practice it slowly with a metronome or even along with a recording, and work on fingerings that will make it as smooth as possible for you.

    On the bright side, the rest of the LotR music is offensively easy. I have... less than the highest respect for Howard Shore as a composer. And zero respect for the dudes who have done a lot of the subsequent orchestrations. That's right, flame away.

    /puts on fire-resistant suit
  3. b1644


    Aug 24, 2005
    Northern Ontario
    No flames from me...

    In June of 2004 we played the LOTR suite (or whatever it is that's out there for pops orchestras) and the consensus from the conductor on down was that it was... pretty darn lame.

    The music worked OK in the movie but on its own there's sure not much depth there. There were some tricky bits but what a snoozefest overall.

    The old "Star Wars" arrangement is far better.

    - Martin
  4. mister_k


    Jul 27, 2004
    Los Angeles
    there's some cues in the Two Towers that are frighteneningly close to Back to the Future. I kept expecting to see a hobbit jump on a hoverboard.

    There. I said it.

    but i love the Naked Lunch score.