Wagner continues to exert a major influence in the world, even today. His use of leitmotifs enabled an unprecedented unity between stage drama and music. Many have suggested that the close relationship Wagner created between music and narrative drama was a precursor to the film score. In this paper I will discuss how Wagner’s use of the leitmotif influenced Howard Shore’s score for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The leitmotif appears constantly in Shore’s music, in themes representing ideas, cultures, people, and emotions. It is a connecting tissue among the three films and scores, providing continuity of plot, music, and feeling. I will show clips of these leitmotifs in relation to their subjects and in relation to each other throughout my lecture.
Lauren Ben é, ’04 Fremont , CA
Majors: English and Classical Studies
Sponsor: James Martin