Prelude to ’The Hobbit’ (Imaginary film music)

Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
9 minutes
Instrumental parts
Not available

Note: Please listen to the accompanying mp3, realised with Sib5.1, to get an idea of what the music should REALLY sound like! I have been a great fan of Tolkien’s writing for many years, and was most excited about the new film of ’The Hobbit’ announced recently. Although Howard Shore’s music for the LOTR was certainly effective, I think I can produce material more appropriate to Tolkien’s very English sensibility. So I have composed a short suite of what I call ’imaginary film’ music, in the faint hope it might catch on! The main elements in the story are all represented, including Gandalf, Smaug the dragon, the dwarfs, etc. (N.B. the goblins in ’The Hobbit’ are more humourous and less dreadful than the ’orcs’ in the later books, so my music for them reflects this.)

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