Attention to Detail: The Classical Music Listening Guide

Ring Cycle 2.0: The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack

August 19, 2020

On this episode, we take a break from our SparkNotes-style reviews of Wagner's Ring Cycle to look at the popular soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien's famous three-part story that is based on Wagner's epic saga. We examine the use of themes and leitmotifs, rank our famous moments of music, and look at similarities and differences in the plots of these two great masterpieces.

All LOTR clips come from the Complete Recordings of the Lord of the Rings Soundtrack, composed and conducted by Howard Shore.

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