LOTR full score/parts
I have been on a little Google quest lately in search of the full score, or better, the 1st/2nd violin parts from it, from Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore. I thought this wouldn't be a problem, but it seems harder than I thought.
All I find are special arrangements, transcriptions and adaptions. Obviously parts are available since orchestras play the pieces, but where? Could it be that the full performance version is not available for the general public? I have literally no experience of buying orchestral music, so please be kind in your responses:)
Orchestral parts for recent works are usually for rental only. And very expensive.
That explains it. Thanks.
Howard Shore is published by Schott. The full score and parts appear to be available here, at least for a couple (and one currently out of stock):
hi Andrew: what you refer to are arrangements, like Jens writes,. those can be found easily, what Jens is after is the actual, full, movie score. but anyway, like Andrew writes, for that you'd have to contact Howard Shore's agent or publisher directly, but the price will only be feasible for professional orchestras with a large audience. https://www.howardshore.com/contact/
This is the work you're referring to?
Full film scores can be expensive while the film is still under copyright.
100% concur that it will only be available through rental and it will be very very very expensive.
So it seems something like this is the closest you get without paying a fortune.
Student arrangements of film scores are quite common. This means that the publisher has obtained rights to do an arrangement from Howard Shores / the movie rightsholders. Then an arranger takes the orchestral score and writes a simplified student work from it.
Well, I am interested in movie scores/composing in general and thought it would be nice to see both the whole score and how the string parts are fitted in the orchestration, but playing-wise it's probably more interesting if you are in another instrument group as you say.
This thread is making me wonder how my hammered dulcimer teacher arranged for the score and the ability to play/post Hedwig's Theme on YouTube. It brings out the haunting nature of the HD. I'm not going to ask him how he got permission to arrange this. I haven't really thought about the costs of using modern scores before this thread.
On YouTube, automatic detection means that the copyright claimholder gets to claim ad revenue on that video.