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Howard Shore

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1975 – present)

Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian composer, orchestrator, conductor and music producer best known for composing the scores for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the score for The Silence of the Lambs, and for the films of David Cronenberg. He played in Canadian group Lighthouse from 1968 to 1972. He is the uncle of composer Ryan Shore.

He was born to a Jewish family in and studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 1969 to 1972, he performed with the group Lighthouse. In 1974, Shore wrote the music for Canadian magician Doug Henning’s magical/musical “Spellbound” co-starring fledgling actress Jennifer Dale. He was the musical director for the television show Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980, appearing in many musical sketches including the All-Nurse Band and dressed as a beekeeper for a John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd performance of the Slim Harpo classic I’m a King Bee. He also suggested the name for the Blues Brothers to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

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Shore has written the music for such various major film productions as The Silence of the Lambs, Mrs. Doubtfire, Philadelphia, Ed Wood, Se7en, Dogma, High Fidelity, Panic Room and The Aviator, the last of which earned him a Golden Globe.

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  • ZombieSorrow

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [269]

    Yesterday 4:29pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    why is no-one listening to the HISTORY OF VIOLENCE score? people should get on that.

    1 Aug 9:23pm Reply
  • Jeannyd

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [268]

    30 Jul 8:17pm Reply
  • ElineEpica

    Was really hoping for a sneak peek of the BOTFA soundtrack in the trailer. Pity!

    30 Jul 9:53am Reply
  • Desiress

    Don't know anything better than listening to LOTR (or Hobbit) soundtracks while reading Tolkien. Thank you Howard for such a brilliant masterpiece and of course, thank you J.R.R. Tolkien, for bring us to beautiful Middle Earth with your epic stories. Simply love this.

    29 Jul 8:57am Reply
  • Ellie074

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [267]

    14 Jul 4:13pm Reply
  • Argentum_Anima

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [266]

    11 Jul 7:40am Reply
  • RuumRuum

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [265]

    29 Jun 6:53pm Reply
  • Amlaitheu

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [264]

    25 Jun 10:14pm Reply
  • DestinyBond

    Não chore Howard, a vida tem disso.

    22 Jun 6:39pm Reply
  • rgoudie

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [263]

    22 Jun 2:05am Reply
  • negation_state

    It just doesn't get any better than his soundtrack for Scanners.

    20 Jun 3:35am Reply
  • semuschka

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [262]

    7 Jun 3:44pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    i'd never really bothered to listen to this guys stuff aside from the A Dangerous Method score, now i see he's done some really great movies... cop land, the aviator, the departed, history of violence and of course the best one of all TWILIGHT ECLIPSE #TEAMYOLOVAMPIRES

    4 Jun 5:30pm Reply
  • crimsonectar

    Epic saga, epic soundtrack, epic composer.

    30 May 3:40pm Reply
  • crimsonectar

    I completely adore The Lord of the Rings soundtracks, and especially The Complete Recordings. I think it's the best film music ever released, in terms of scope, creativity, attention to detail and overall complexity, matched only by Williams' work on Star Wars. Seriously, this is some epic shit. [2]

    30 May 3:40pm Reply
  • crimsonectar

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [261]

    30 May 3:39pm Reply
  • ArcEnMousse

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [260]

    30 May 3:37am Reply
  • Roflek

    Everytime I hear the LOTR's soundtrack I feel so sad and nostalgic. It's like... I miss Middle Earth. [259]

    22 May 2:29pm Reply
  • madelaine--

    Evenstar, my god, there's nothing in the world which could sound more thrilling and melancholic at the same time

    12 May 9:06pm Reply
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