Concerning Hobbits by Howard Shore
Concerning Hobbits is a musical piece composed by Howard Shore for the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring. It is also the title of one of the sections of the prologue to The Lord of the Rings by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
The tin whistle and the violin are the protagonist instruments. They do the solos and the main melodies. Thera are other instruments like the bodhrán. It transmits peace and tranquility, and it’s the main theme of the Shire and the Hobbits, its leitmotif. There are different arrangements depending on when it appears. It can be a peaceful arrangement, epic arrangement, arrangement on feelings... The Fellowship of the Ring was released in 2001.
Howard Leslie Shore was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1946. He is a Canadian composer and saxophonist, known for his film scores. He has composed the scores of more than eighty films. Since 2004, Shore is doing a world tour conducting local orchestras in the performance of his symphonic adaptation of the soundtrack of the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings. This new work is entitled The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Six Movements. He has also composed the soundtrack of the trilogy of The Hobbit, in which the Shire theme also appears briefly.
The arrival of the sonorous cinema came in the late 1920s. Music has played a crucial role in the industry and the art of cinema. Many of the great composers who lived in the early days, such as the Russians Prokofiev and Shostakovich also raided this area. Subsequently, there were many composers who dedicated their entire career or mostly working through film. Stand out John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Henry Mancini, among others.
In conclusion, with the arrival of the sonorous cinema have been created thousands of soundtracks to accompany and enhance the images. Some, like the soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings, become more than just a soundtrack, to be part in the history and be remembered, like Tolkien's story. The theme of the Hobbits always, personally, will remain as one of my favorites, because of that feeling of innocence, quiet, and the simple life of the inhabitants of the Shire.