Re: [mythsoc] Symphony, Shea, characterization
- At 02:38 PM 2/17/2005 -0800, John Rateliff wrote:
>Don't know anything about the Thomas Peterson oratorio; is it available onThomas Peterson's work is not commercially available. The others are.
>cd? re. Russell & Sallinen, are there any particular recordings you'd
>recommend, and are they readily available?
Craig Russell, "Middle Earth", paired with his "Rhapsody for Horn and
Orchestra", Naxon 8.559168. Aulis Sallinen, "Symphony No. 7: The Dreams of
Gandalf", paired with his Symphony No. 1 and other works, CPO 999 918-2.
However, knowing a little of your musical tastes, John, I'm not sure you'd
like them. Others might, however, and I expect excerpts may be heard on
the Amazon websites or, for Russell, www.naxos.com.
>On the contrary, I think your post had admirable clarity; we just disagreeWhich is what makes it misleading to call it a collection of essays on
>on how to parse his sentence. I think he intended to say that the book
>consisted of essays on the films, films which he personally considers to be
>great. Your reading is more along the lines of his saying that the book
>advocates the movies' greatness, which as you say is certainly not the case,
>the overall judgment of the collection being strongly negative.
"these great movies," even if you do think the movies are great.
Put it this way: I wouldn't call the Robert GIddings essay collection a
collection of essays on "Tolkien's wonderful masterpiece," even though I
obviously think LOTR is a wonderful masterpiece, because all but one of
Giddings' authors consider Tolkien a tedious old git.
>The heated, in-depth critiques of how Jackson's charactersIt won't. Your point is entirely correct but is far too subtle. And
>depart from Tolkien's should force a re-evaluation and an acknowledgment
>that Tolkien was in fact very gifted at characterization, just more subtle
>than most (anyone who can't tell Merry from Pippin simply isn't paying
>attention). It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, and the extent
>to which Tolkien's stock rises in the literary canon, over the next few years.
anti-Tolkien academics would far rather seize on Jackson's flaws as a way
of arguing that Tolkien is bad, something they've already begun to do (see
my essay), in complete defiance of the principle (also cited in my essay)
of "Never judge a book by its movie."