How Rings Of Power Composer Bear McCreary Imitated Howard Shore’s Lord Of The Rings Score [Exclusive]
One thing that made Shore’s score for “Lord of the Rings” special was its use of rare instruments with a long history, like the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle used for the Rohan motif. McCreary used the same technique, which he has implemented throughout his career, using cultural musical instruments from around the world in everything from “Outlander” to “Battlestar Galactica.”
“It’s something I’ve researched my entire career. And that research has been incredibly helpful in making [this show]McCreary told us. McCreary used some of the same instruments that Shore had used to give the show a sense of continuity, such as using the Hardanger fiddle, as well as the Swedish nyckelharpa to create the Southlands sound.
“That way I’m trying to create something continuous with what Howard Shore has been doing. Howard had a Celtic influence on the Shire and on hobbits that he really filtered through a British folk music lens.” In the case of “The Rings of Power”, McCreary uses “Uilleann pipes from Ireland, small Scottish bagpipes from Scotland, a Bodhran, which is a frame drum used in Irish music that has this quality of vocal tone , and Irish whistles. and tin whistles” to create the sound of the Harfoots, letting the public know through sound that these halflings will eventually settle down and their sound will change from Celtic to a more British folk music color in thousands of years in the Shire.
As McCreary describes it, his music is not the same as Shore’s. “They’re different, but they’re continuous. And I loved the idea of being able to use those colors to tell that story.”
“The Rings of Power” is streaming on Prime Video.