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Dangerous Passes sets the Fellowship back on the road, depositing them this time at the hidden entrance to Moria. The moonlit doors are eventually revealed with a rising series of major triads and the choral text, “Gandalf at the Door to Moria.” Once the doors creak open a brief overlapping statement of the Moria theme manifests, but soon dissipates as the Fellowship sees the carnage that awaits their arrival. Retreat, however, places them in even graver danger.

This composition marks the first of three sequential monster moments in the score, each of which is approached differently. The music for the Watcher in the Water’s attack is almost entirely aleatoric—built primarily of controlled streams of orchestral wriggles, for which Shore strictly dictated pitch, entrances, material and performance style. The composer grins: “This is science fiction”

TEXTS
GANDALF AT THE DOOR TO MORIA
Text by Philippa Boyens
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC TWO | TRACK ELEVEN
Galad Fëanor | The light of Fëanor
danna or thâd gwaith | Falls on two peoples
beinas sin goeol | Such terrible beauty
írith sin bara | Such burning desire

© The Annotated Score (The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films)

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