Posts Tagged ‘Minas Tirith’

Dances for Tolkien

I very specifically recall the thrill of reading Tolkien sitting there. And while I was reading it, I often had playing softly, so as not to wake my parents, one particular record from The Treasury of the World’s Great Music. This LP combined on one side the symphonic version of Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances and Dukas’ The Sorceror’s Apprentice. Now with all respect to Howard Shore’s estimable soundtrack for the Peter Jackson’s near-definitive movies, once you’ve listened to these pieces, you will never think of Shore as being in the same class in capturing the thrill of those books.

O for a Wooden O

William Walton draws us in: to the Globe Playhouse, to the London of 1600, to Shakespeare’s great war yarn … and to the London of my earliest youth.