- Dec 30, 2003What! Never experienced Mad TV's "Lord of the Blings!" (It's awful
actually.) Bling-bling is hip-hop speak for anything bright and
flashy. For an explanation of how the term arose, go to
Wagner isn't the only one Howard Shore listened to -- I hear great
gobs of Orf's Carmina Burana.
> Er---"bling bling?" I must really be off track; I don't know what
> means. Maybe you can explain? And I couldn't help but choke withlaughter
> reading that. Sauron has a "death" style, but not a "life" style,if I'm
> reading my Tolkien right. Has this man lost his mind?no
> "The ring is a never-ending nightmare to which people are drawn for
> obvious reason."intense,
> Now we _know_ he hasn't read the book.
> "It generates lust and yet gives no satisfaction."
> Well, yeah ... that's part of the problem.
> "Wagner, by contrast, uses the ring to shine a light on various
> confused, all-too-human relationships."isn't.
> In less elevated language, Wagner is writing a soap opera. Tolkien
> "The experience of filmand, in particular, of music in filmhas
> had a prejudicial effect on the way people view live opera. Theyexpect
> images to set the tone and music to match'Mickey-Mousing,' WaltDisney's
> composers called it. Howard Shore, in 'The Lord of the Rings,'practices
> the art of Mickey-Mousing at an exalted level."the
> It is worth noting that the idea of making music match the tone of
> story it's trying to tell is much older than Disney. Earlypractitioners
> included Antonio Vivaldi, and the idea was brought to perfection bysuch
> Hollywood hacks as Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saens - the latterthe
> first composer of note to write film music; maybe he knewsomething. It
> was from them that later film composers learned the art of conveyingspoiled
> plot-based emotions through music.
> Personally I find operas in which the emotional content of the music
> doesn't match the plot to be simply disconnected. Maybe I've been
> by film music, or maybe I'm just expecting a little sense.amusing.
> Agreed. I always thought the endless recicetives in opera to be
> You know the ones, where "he sat in a chair" is repeated aboutthirty five
> times. I have no problem with opera so long as it's tied to plotenough to
> have the music advance the story line. Though I admit, I've onlyseen one
> live opera, Madamme Butterfly. --djb
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