← Concert Rentals / The Lord of the Rings Symphony
Year of Composition:
2001
Description:
After four years of writing, The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra and Chorus was realized. Together with conductor John Mauceri, Shore adapted the form and transitions from the longer film scores, molding them into a series of tone poems free of the specific visual linkage with the films and adhering more to the traditions of the programmatic orchestral works of Strauss, Liszt, Smetana and Sibelius.
Instrumentation:
2d1d2 alt+1(/Irish Whistle in D & Ney fl).2d1 rhaita+1.3d1.2+1 – 5.4.3.1 – 2timp.perc – pf(cel.).mus – accord.2gtr D 1 mand,Irish fiddle(/violin),pan fl(/wooden fl),hardanger fiddle,cimbalom (hammered dulcimer),2hp – str(16.14.12.10.8) – MezBar Boy soli,boy’s chs(/children’s chs) (at least 40 in size),SATB chs (at least 80 in size)
Duration:
2:00:00

Original Recording

Productions

World Premiere: November 29, 2003
Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Guests: Viggo Mortensen • John Rhys-Davies

Asia Premiere: December 10, 2003
Taiwan

North American Premiere: February 23, 2004
Festival Montréal En Lumière (Montreal High Lights Festival)
Montreal Symphony Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor

US Premiere: March 26-27, 2004
Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, US
Columbus Symphony Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Performers: Otterbein College Camerata (dir: Kim Boyd) • Otterbein College Concert Choir (dir: Gayle Walker)

April 16, 2004
Antwerps Sportpaleis (Sport’s Palace), Antwerpen, Belgium
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
Flemish Radio Orchestra and Choir – Howard Shore, conductor

May 23, 2004
Royal Festival Hall – Southbank Centre
London, United Kingdom
London Philharmonic Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor

May 26, 2004
Symphony Hall – Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona, US
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra – Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Featured Performers: Phoenix Boys’ Choir

June 3-5, 2004
The Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, US
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Performers: Gwinnett Young Singers & bull; Daniel Dalpiaz, boy soprano • Sissel, vocalist

June 17-19, 2004
Concert Hall – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Performers: Sydney Philharmonia Choir • Sydney Children’s Choir • Katie Noonan, soloist

July 1-2, 2004
Jones Hall, Houston, Texas, US
Houston Symphony – Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Featured Performers: Houston Symphony Chorus (dir: Charles Hausmann) • Houston Children’s Chorus (dir: Stephen Roddy)

July 13, 2004
Mann Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
The Philadelphia Orchestra – John Mauceri, conductor
Featured Performers: Sissel, vocalist • The Philadelphia Singers Chorale • Keystone State Boychoir

July 15-17, 2004
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
National Arts Centre Orchestra – Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Featured Performers: Hayley Westenra, soloist

July 22-23, 2004
Mark Tapper Foundation Auditorium – Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington, US
Seattle Symphony Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Performers: Seattle Symphony Chorale (dir: Mary Ann Bisio) • Northwest Boychoir (dir: Joseph Crnko) • Donna L. Cole, mezzo-soprano • John Atcheson, baritone • David Farris, boy soprano • Sissel, vocalist

July 30-31, 2004
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, US
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Performers: The Mendelssohn Choir • Children’s Festival Chorus • Sissel, soloist

August 30-31, 2004
Tokyo, Japan

September 17 & 19, 2004
Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Mexico Symphony Orchestra

September 17-18, 2004
Hartford, Connecticut, US
Hartford Symphony Orchestra

September 21, 2004
Los Angeles, California, US
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

September 22-23, 2004
Los Angeles, California, US
London Philharmonic Orchestra – Howard Shore, conductor

October 7-8, 2004
Dallas, Texas, US
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

October 8-9, 2004
Chicago, Illinois, US
JAM Theatricals

October 16, 2004
Detroit, Michigan
JAM Theatricals

October 29-30, 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah, US
Utah Symphony Orchestra

November 5-6, 2004
Seville Music Festival, Seville, Spain
Howard Shore, conductor

November 17-18, 2004
State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Performer: Academy of Choral Arts (dir: Victor Popov)

December 3-4, 2004
Newark, New Jersey, US
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

December 7-8, 2004
Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

December 11-12, 2004
Hall A – Tokyo International Forum, Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia – Howard Shore, conductor
Featured Performers: Katie Noonan, soloist • LOTR Mixed Chorus • Tokyo FM Boy’s Chorus

April 26, 2014
National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
RTÉ Concert Orchestra – Ludwig Wicki, conductor
Featured Performers: Emma-Jane Murphy, cello • Clara Sanabras, mezzo-soprano • DIT Chamber Choir • The University of Dublin Choral Society • RTÉ Cór na nÓg