Smaug Song Analysis

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Movie Music Analysis: Smaug’s Theme Smaug’s Theme was composed by Howard Shore for 2013’s The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. The genre of the piece is film fantasy, adventure and has touches of horror mixed in with it. The song fits the style of the majestic dragon that is its namesake, and it flows wonderfully with the movie, taking in various other relative themes and working with the events that happen in the movie. Smaug’s Theme was written by the award-winning Howard Shore and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the second Hobbit movie, Desolation of Smaug. Shore, born on 18th October, 1946 in Toronto, studied at the Berklee College of Music. His first big score was Silence of the Lambs, and it became highly successful,…show more content…
This is an example of how most of the piece has an underlying, faster beat to uphold the feeling of ‘fleeing’. Occasionally the underlying ostinato isn’t present because, in those scenes, the dwarves and Bilbo are in a room where the dragon cannot get to them. Smaug’s Theme is in 4/4 (simple duple) time and starts out slow, before an accelerando, eventually hitting 180bpm, which represents the movie’s rapid change of pace. This represents the drift from a conversation, to a dragon hunting down the company to kill them. Through the rhythm and dynamics, it is clear that Howard Shore’s Smaug’s Theme has successfully highlighted the style of the film. Smaug is very magnificent and grand, yet treacherous and cunning. In terms of the timbre of Smaug’s Theme, a symphony orchestra is used with the strings and brass being the most prominent, plus a few extra instruments such as an Indonesian gamelan and finger cymbals. Little woodwind is heard, with flute and clarinet making a few solo appearances. The lower brass, particularly the tuba and trombone, represent Smaug, and his enormous, powerful, and deceivingly slow manner. The violins play a large range of pitches and depict the beautiful, yet eerie emptiness of the halls under the mountain and how it has an immense ‘dread’ feel to it. Gamelan, chimes and finger cymbals are used to forge an exotic feeling and together, sound like treasure, with the light chinking of coins and gold. The percussion

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