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The Perfect Gift for The Lord of the Rings Fans: The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films from Alfred and Carpentier

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Monday, November 29, 2010

Author Doug Adams Announces December Appearances in Chicago

“The Music of THE LORD OF THE RINGS Films by Doug Adams could easily be one of the most significant and important books ever written on the analysis of a film score.” –

The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films by Doug Adams has been receiving rave reviews since its early fall release by Carpentier and Alfred Music Publishing. The perfect holiday gift for any fan of The Lord of the Rings, the book is a 416-page full-color volume featuring a Foreword by Howard Shore, an Introduction by The Lord of the Rings screenwriter/producer Fran Walsh, original sketches by John Howe and Alan Lee, and numerous images from the films.

Also included in the book, courtesy of Howe Records, is “The Lord of the Rings: The Rarities Archive,” a CD presenting 21 tracks of previously unreleased music created for the films, and an audio interview with Howard Shore. Adams will be making several appearances in the Chicago area in support of its release.

Jon Burlingame of Variety describes, “Doug Adams' The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films ranks as one of the most detailed examinations written of one composer's immersion into classic literature.”

“Adams breaks down Shore’s work in a way that any movie, or music fan without a music degree can understand,” describes Daniel Schweiger of Film Music Magazine. “Adams’ writing is as meticulous as it entertaining.”

Adams, a Chicago-based author and musicologist, was invited in 2001 by Howard Shore to observe and document his work on the popular motion picture trilogy. He attended recording sessions, examined the original scores, and was given complete access to the composer’s archives. As an acknowledged authority on Howard Shore’s music, Adams has become a regular fixture at concerts and events across the globe. He runs the popular blog,, which documents his work on this project and brings fans together in ongoing discussions.

“Howard Shore’s [LOTR] music has touched millions of people the world over,” said Adams. “It’s been my great pleasure to assemble a piece that chronicles the creation of this music, and examines exactly how it tells this classic story.”

“Doug was a detective uncovering clues, tracing how one theme or character related to another,” said Shore. “He not only shows the themes and motifs for characters, cultures, objects, and their connection to Tolkien’s work, but also the ideas that were sometimes buried deep inside the writing.”

“Researching Shore’s music has been a true adventure,” described Adams. “His work is every bit as intricate and passionate as Tolkien’s Middle-earth.”

The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films is now available for $59.95. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today on


December 15, 7:00PM BORDERS - Lincoln Park (2817 North Clark Street, Chicago IL)
Doug Adams will be participating in a Q&A and signing books.

December 17, 1:00PM THE MIDWEST BAND AND ORCHESTRA CLINIC (McCormick Place West, Chicago IL)
Doug Adams will appear for a book signing at the Alfred Music Publishing booth at the Midwest Clinic. Attended by thousands of teachers and musicians, this international music education conference is held annually to develop and improve teaching methods and techniques for music teachers around the world.