The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (soundtrack)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album by Howard Shore
ReleasedDecember 10, 2002 (2002-12-10)
GenreSoundtrack
Length72:46
77:09 (limited edition)
LabelReprise
ProducerHoward Shore
Middle Earth film series soundtrack chronology
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
(2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on December 10, 2002. It was composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Howard Shore, and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Voices, and the London Oratory School Schola.[1] The Two Towers comes in a regular and a limited edition, the latter containing the additional track "Farewell to Lórien".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Filmtracks4/5 stars[3]
Movie Music UK5/5 stars[4]
Tracksounds9/10 stars[5]

The Two Towers won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Howard Shore.

No.TitleLength
1."Foundations of Stone"3:51
2."The Taming of Sméagol"2:48
3."The Riders of Rohan"4:05
4."The Passage of the Marshes"2:46
5."The Uruk-hai"2:58
6."The King of the Golden Hall"3:49
7."The Black Gate Is Closed"3:17
8."Evenstar" (feat. Isabel Bayrakdarian)3:15
9."The White Rider"2:28
10."Treebeard"2:43
11."The Leave Taking"3:41
12."Helm's Deep"3:53
13."The Forbidden Pool"5:27
14."Breath of Life" (feat. Sheila Chandra)5:07
15."The Hornburg"4:36
16."Forth Eorlingas" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)3:15
17."Isengard Unleashed" (feat. Elizabeth Fraser and Ben Del Maestro)5:01
18."Samwise the Brave"3:46
19."Gollum's Song" (performed by Emilíana Torrini, lyrics by Fran Walsh)5:51
Total length:72:46
Limited edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
20."Farewell to Lórien" (feat. Hilary Summers)4:37

Charts and certifications[edit]

Complete Recording and additional music[edit]

In 2006, Reprise Records released a multi-disc set for the film, titled The Complete Recordings. These contain the entire score for the extended versions of the film on CD, along with an additional DVD-Audio disc that offers 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of the soundtrack. The album also featured extensive liner notes by music journalist Doug Adams which reviews all of the tracks and provides information about the process of composing and recording the score, as well as a detailed list of all musical instruments, people and organizations involved. The cover artwork uses the film series' logo and an inscription in Tolkien's tengwar letters, over a background that depicts Rohan and Fangorn in dark blue.

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."Glamdring"3:50
2."Elven Rope"2:19
3."Lost in Emyn Muil"4:15
4."My Precious"2:56
5."Uglúk's Warriors"1:41
6."The Three Hunters"6:12
7."The Banishment of Éomer"3:55
8."Night Camp"2:50
9."The Plains of Rohan"4:15
10."Fangorn"5:13
11."The Dead Marshes"5:08
12.""Wraiths on Wings""2:08
13."Gandalf the White"6:48
14."The Dreams of Trees"1:55
15."The Heir of Númenor"6:51
16."Ent-Draught"2:54
Total length:63:10
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Edoras"4:34
2."The Court of Meduseld"3:11
3."Théoden King" (feat. "The Funeral of Théodred", performed by Miranda Otto)6:12
4."The King's Decision"2:08
5."Exodus from Edoras"5:43
6."The Forests of Ithilien"6:38
7."One of the Dúnedain" (feat. "Evenstar", performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian)7:13
8."The Wolves of Isengard"4:22
9."Refuge at Helm's Deep"4:00
10."The Voice of Saruman"1:12
11."Arwen's Fate" (feat. "The Grace of the Valar", performed by Sheila Chandra)3:59
12."The Story Foretold"3:39
13."Sons of the Steward"6:03
14."Rock and Pool"2:55
15."Faramir's Good Council"2:21
Total length:63:59
Disc three
No.TitleLength
1."Aragorn's Return"2:12
2."War Is Upon Us"3:36
3.""Where Is the Horse and the Rider?""6:16
4."The Host of the Eldar"2:51
5."The Battle of the Hornburg"2:53
6."The Breach of the Deeping Wall"3:03
7."The Entmoot Decides"2:06
8."Retreat" (feat. "Haldir's Lament", performed by Elizabeth Fraser)4:41
9."Master Peregrin's Plan"2:32
10."The Last March of the Ents" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)2:31
11."The Nazgûl Attack"2:45
12."Théoden Rides Forth" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)5:48
13."The Tales That Really Matter"12:01
14.""Long Ways to Go Yet"" (feat. "Gollum's Song", performed by Emilíana Torrini)8:06
Total length:61:12

Additional Music[edit]

Additional music for the film was featured in The Rarities Archive release, attached to Doug Adams' book on the three film scores:

Track listing
No.TitleLength
1.""Gwenwin in în ("Arwen's Song" Alternate/Mock-up)""2:02
2.""Arwen's Song (Complete)""2:11
3.""Emyn Muil (Alternate)""3:23
4."Flight to the Ford (Alternate)"4:04
5.""The Rohan Fanfare (Mock-up)""3:09
6.""The Eaves of Fangorn (Alternate)""5:25
7.""The Ent Theme (Mock-up)""2:00
Total length:22:14

Along with about 4 minutes of alternate material from the original release,[26] about 8 minutes of alternates in the fan credits,[27] and some additional alternates, there are about 3:40 minute of finalized music from The Two Towers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Fennessy, Kathleen C.. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
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  4. ^ Broxton, Jonathan (20 December 2002). "THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS – Howard Shore". Movie Music UK. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  5. ^ Coleman, Christopher. "Score of the Rings: Part II". Tracksounds. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
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  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". Music Canada. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - OST". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 21, 2012. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - OST in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 21, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  26. ^ http://www.lyndhursthouse.plus.com/ttt_ost_breakdown.pdf
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