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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers CR - 01. Glamdring

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Uploaded on Jun 10, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring has been broken. The Dark Lord Sauron's influence reaches deeper into Middle-earth, while those
who would stand against him suffer. And yet, hidden from view, the One Ring continues its journey towards the fires of Mordor.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers opens with horns and strings delicately ascending, until the London Philharmonic Orchestra
comes to rest in familiar territory. Howard Shore's History of the Ring theme parts the curtains with a cold, bi-tonal setting of
the figure that sets the A minor melody over an F minor harmony, and nestles us back into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth.
But before the plot can move ahead, it must remind us from where we have come. And so we plummet back into Moria, back to
the Fellowship's darkest hour as, having just crossed the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, they wait breathlessly for Gandalf the Grey to
ward off the fiery Balrog. Shore's score sharpens its corners, returning to the same Dwarf style used for the last appearance of the
underground city. Blocks of brass and percussion scuff against one another as the Balrog's ingress causes the Bridge to crumble
and fall. Howard Shore scored this sequence anew for The Two Towers, but select passages from Fellowship's Moria music are
quoted verbatim. "The percussion is similar throughout, and the same phrase plays as Gandalf slips," the composer recalls. With
an orchestral wince, wizard and demon fall, but this time we leave the Fellowship behind and follow them down through the rocky
bowels of Moria. Chorus erupts with Philippa Boyens' text "The Abyss," while the rising colonnades of the Moria theme and the
stinging brass pyramids of The Dark Places of the World battle for dominance.
The score churns to a rhythmic frenzy until Gandalf and the Balrog plunge into a vast open cavern. The pair has left the world
of the Dwarves, and the score suddenly broadens into great rolling chords for mixed chorus and arpeggiating low strings. Voices
in 3/4 time sing out in the Elves' formal tongue, Quenya, for "The Fight." One final violent assault of percussion carries the battle
into the lake below, shaking Frodo from this disturbing dream.

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