Talk:Howard Shore

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I was watching High Fidelity the other day, and I noticed that in one scene the music is the same as Shore uses for the Lord of the Rings. Anyone else notice this?

  • Check out the sound track for Dogma. Many of the same themes. - --SmeagolSquid 01:07, 13 October 2005 (UTC)
    • Shore does this all the time. The LotR main theme is the tune of Hercules, paced slightly differently. And I heard the shire theme the other day, over the credits of some old movie. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed mr Shore's proclivity for creative erm, hommages! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:43, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Article on Paul Shaffer credits him as SNL musical director from 1975 to 1980. Unless they were co-musical directors, it must have been one or the other. I think it was Shore then Shaffer. This should be coordinated between the two entries. 18:50, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

Jurassic Park?[edit]

Is the comment about Jurassic Park really even needed? As I recall, it didn't used to include the qualifier that the criticisms were few and far between... that bit helps, but considering how many film critics and musicians hail Shore's music as brilliant original works, is there any reason to mention the Jurassic Park bit? Theharmonyguy 04:47, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I agree. My vote is to remove it. Nationalparks 05:33, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
I agree as well. Composers imitate other composers' work as well as their own so often, it would be impossible to name all the occurances fairly. And honestly, John Williams? Listen to the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and Jurasssic Park soundtracks and tell me there aren't huge similiarities between all of them. Also considering how much more extensive the Lord of the Rings soundtracks are compared to Jurassic Park, this comment is really not needed. Kendall 06:19, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Oppose. Do you have any evidence that "film critics and musicians hail Shore's music as brilliant original works"? This guy, who was once a composer for a TV show, wasn't even nominated for an Oscar before LotR, and the score still haven't achieved the same notability, or even regarded as a classic score, as John Williams works.--PatCheng 03:40, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

I see you have put the Jurassic mention back in the article, as well as a mention that he hadn't been nominated for an Oscar before LotR (is this really necessary?). Doing a quick Google search reveals NO relationship between JP and LotR. Anyway, the RotK soundtrack is ranked 1432nd on Amazon, while Jurassic Park is ranked 9700th. Either way, while anyone is free to edit Wikipedia, a 1-3 vote against having it in the article is by no means a consensus to include the JP mention. (Just to be clear, I love and regularly listen to both the LotR and JP soundtracks. Personally, I feel that Williams is the greatest film composer, but there's no need to knock Shore, who's LotR scores equal and perhaps surpass many of Williams scores.) Nationalparks 05:01, 13 April 2006 (UTC)
I intend to remove the 3 lines in question from this article unless there is strong opposition: However Shore was not nominated for any Oscars until Lord of the Rings. and Some critics have noted similarities between Shore's score and John Williams's score for Jurassic Park. and Shore was criticised however for failing to show up in some of his concerts, while others were cancelled. Nationalparks 17:12, 22 April 2006 (UTC)

It says that TTT's score wasn't elgible for an Academy Award.... that's an urban legend. The Academy issued a statement declaring that it was elgible, but I don't have the document in front of me at this time. Maybe someone can find it. 18:18, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Okay, I found an article that explains what I said above:,0,5723310.story

I'm therefore changing the article. 04:39, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

King Kong[edit]

I think the comment "Despite this, Shore has a cameo near the end of King Kong" is a little misleading. Principal photography would have been carried out much earlier in the movie's life, before the composer was replaced from the scoring. The "Despite this" suggests some form of continuing relationship which may or may not be accurate. Wolf of Badenoch 13:47, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Agreed —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:25, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

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