Greatest of the Week: HOWARD SHORE

Canadian composer Howard Shore (born 1946), uncle of a Grammy Award nominated composer Ryan Shore, has composed music for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for which he won three Oscars. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduating from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. Shore’s first first film score was to David Cronenberg‘s first major film The Brood (1978). He continued working with Cronenberg successfully, but also with David Fincher and Martin Scorsese. Back in 2001, the news that Shore would score the Lord of the Rings trilogy surprised many, since he was primarily associated with dark, ominous films and had never scored an epic of that scale. However, the music in Peter Jackson’s films was hugely and surprisingly – magnificent, making it one of the best in history of film music.

Howard Shore is currently working on several projects, including Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.



1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, dir: Peter Jackson)








2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, dir: Peter Jackson)








3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, dir: Peter Jackson)








4. Se7en (1995, dir: David Fincher)








5. Silence of the Lambs (1991, dir: Jonathan Demme)

Silence of the Lambs







6. Ed Wood (1994, dir: Tim Burton)

Ed Wood







7. The Fly (1986, dir: David Cronenberg)

The Fly







8. King Kong (2005, dir: Peter Jackson) *NOTE: Howard Shore’s score for King Kong was rejected due to due to differing creative aspirations for the score on his and the filmmakers’ parts. He was replaced by James Newton Howard.

King Kong







9. A History of Violence (2005, dir: David Cronenberg)

History of Violence







10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012, dir: Peter Jackson)

The Hobbit








Howard Shore – The Lord of the Rings (The Symphony)


Howard Shore – Se7en (Envy and Wrath)


Howard Shore – The Fly (Suite)


Howard Shore – A History of Violence (Hero)


Howard Shore – The Hobbit (Misty Mountains)



Ozren K. Glaser

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ISFMF, Artistic Director and Producer

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