If you’ve ever fallen in love with the soundtrack to a movie, you may have Canadian composer Howard Shore to thank for it. Shore is known for working integrally with directors in composition of film scores. This is the reason why the music we hear at various parts of the movie helps to move the scene forward. It sets the tone and brings out our emotions.
Howard has many film scores to his credit including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Most recently, he has scored the fourth film in the series titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) as conductor and orchestrator. This film is currently in the post-production phase.
Other films that Shore has collaborated on are Philadelphia (1993), Nobody’s Fool (1994), That Thing You Do (1996), The Aviator (2004), and A History of Violence (2005), starring Viggo Mortensen. These are just a few of the collective 61 credits that Howard has accumulated in his portfolio.
Shore has composed and or conducted music for television series shows such as 96 episodes of Saturday Night Live (1975-1986), Dream On (1992), Nova (1997), P.O.V. (2009), and The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien (2010). We are not always aware of the talent that must be combined to bring quality entertainment to the public. It is a combination of effort from film-makers and the composers, conductors and musicians behind the scenes.