INTERVIEW: Howard Shore (“The Lord of the Rings”)

Friday, April 27, 2018
by Will Harris

Howard Shore started his music career in Canada, playing in the band Lighthouse and working for in both radio and television for the CBC before making his way to New York, and while he wasn’t ready for prime time when he got there, he did secure a pretty sweet gig, serving as musical director for Saturday Night Live for the first five years of the iconic late-night comedy series. Even as he was doing so, however, he was also beginning to write movie scores, starting with the 1978 film, I Miss You – Hugs & Kisses.

Since then, Shore has written scores for more than 80 films, but arguably the most iconic of the bunch have been those that he composed for the Lord of the Rings films. On April 6, Rhino released THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS, available on vinyl for the first time as a 5-LP boxed set and also as a 3-CD / 1 Blu-ray set. In conjunction with this release, Shore spoke with Rhino about how he worked with Peter Jackson in the first place and how much was involved in the process of composing the epic score. (Thankfully, he also kindly indulged us as we asked some questions about other highlights of his career, too.)