Shore’s music inhales and exhales slowly with the struck Boromir. “I was trying to capture the movement—the breathing, the organic feeling—to make it feel like the music was part of the scene. I used these swells, not too much, but just so that it gave the scene that life.” Boromir tries valiantly to defend Merry and Pippin, but in his weakened state is no match for the Orcs. The boys choir softly intones the Noble End theme set to the text of “The Death of Boromir”, signifying Boromir’s final moments are close at hand. “The boys chorus felt right to me because of the hobbits and the way Boromir looks at them. He’s on his knees and it’s like they’re linked by youth, in a sense. It’s just the boys on the melody and the men accompanying.”
Aragorn leaps in a vain attempt to save Boromir, but though he defeats Lurtz, the Orcs’ serving captain, Boromir is beyond his reach. An older version of Aragorn’s Heroic theme appears here, similar to the melody used at Weathertop. It’s a harsh musical judgment, but an apt one: despite his efforts, Aragorn fails to save Boromir and thus moves a step back from the hero he must eventually become.
THE DEATH OF BOROMIR
Text by J. R. R. Tolkien
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC THREE | TRACK FIVE
Ú-velin i vegil an eigas | I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness
Egor i bilin a linnas | Nor the arrow for its swiftness
Egor i vaethor an aglar | Nor the Warrior for his glory
Melin i mar i beriar. | I love the homeland which they defend.
Text by Philippa Boyens
Quenya Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC THREE | TRACK SIX
I alda helda, i ehtele lína | The tree is bare, the fountain still.
Manna lelyalye Voromírë? | Whither goest thou Boromir?
Cánalya hlarula, la hirimmel | We heard your call but cannot find you.
Fuinë lanta Pelendoro nandesse | Darkness falls upon the vale of Pelennor
Sí massë i Anar? | Where now is the sun?
THE LONDON ORATORY SCHOOL SCHOLA
Listening Example: Disc Two | Track Ten | 1:51
The London Oratory School Schola was established in 1996 as the top boys chorus at the prestigious London Oratory School. The Schola sings as part of the school’s weekly Mass services and has appeared in numerous film scores including Danny Elfman’s Sleepy Hollow, John Williams’ Harry Potter scores, and of course, Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings. Although used throughout the scores, the boys become very closely associated with the forces of nature and Shore’s Seduction of the Ring theme.
THE LONDON VOICES
Listening Example: Disc One | Track One| 2:18
The singers of The London Voices are hand picked for each engagement they attend. The choir has no fixed membership so that singers who excel at specific styles can be assigned the ideal projects. Under the direction of Terry Edwards, London Voices have performed a wide array of film and concert works around the globe, including standard repertoire of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Stravinsky and newer works by John Adams, Luciano Berio and Sir Michael Tippett.
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