6188Re: [mythsoc] Bo Hansson's _The Lord of the Rings_
- Jul 10, 2002Wendell -
I've heard Bo Hansson's music, but I don't think I have a copy, which says
pretty much what I thought of it.
Hansson's album got a fair amount of attention in Tolkien fandom when it
was new, because it was the only one of its type. Apart from "The Road
Goes Ever On" and a few rock songs, it was just about the only notable
Tolkien-inspired music out there.
Nowadays there's a lot more, and a few classical composers of genuine
importance, like Glenn Buhr of Canada and Aulis Sallinen of Finland, have
written orchestral works inspired by Tolkien, some of which have been
recorded. The most popular purely instrumental work inspired by Tolkien is
the Symphony No. 1 for Band "The Lord of the Rings" by Johan de Meij of the
Netherlands. It's been recorded two or three times, and I think it's
really quite good as music. It certainly has more artistic heft than the
soundtracks to either the Bakshi or Jackson films.
Whether any of these will fit your image of what Tolkienian music should
sound like, I couldn't say.
There's a thorough list of Tolkien music - instrumental inspired by, songs
inspired by, settings of his poems, everything - at
http://www.telia.lv/~witchcraft/jrrt/ - but unfortunately it lacks much
description or comment.
At 04:52 AM 7/10/2002 , you wrote:
> It's rather bland and repetitious. Compared with this, Philip Glass isPhilip Glass _is_ interesting and varied; his use of variation is just
>interesting and varied.
different from what one normally expects. The claim that he's all
repetition and monotony is as specious as the Edmund Wilson/Philip Toynbee
dismissal of Tolkien.
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