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Howard Shore Scores 'A History of Violence'

After touring the world performing symphonic renditions of his <i>Lord of the Rings</i>, Howard Shore's newest film score hits some familiar notes.
After touring the world performing symphonic renditions of his Lord of the Rings, Howard Shore's newest film score hits some familiar notes.

Composer Howard Shore follows up his Oscar-winning soundtrack to Lord of the Rings with the score to another good-versus-evil battle in the newly released film A History of Violence.

A former Saturday Night Live musical director and rock 'n roll saxophonist, Shore has some 60 film scores to his credit. Many are for his long-time collaborator, filmmaker David Cronenberg, who directed the new film, a screen adaptation of a graphic novel about a diner owner's seeming act of heroism.

Fans will recognize some familiar musical themes from past film scores, such as those from Shore's epic soundtrack to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. Shore, who has written scores for everything from The Silence of the Lambs to Mrs. Doubtfire, discusses his latest collaboration with Cronenberg, which Shore describes as a "classic Western where the visceral battle between good and evil is examined."

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Liane Hansen has been the host of NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition Sunday for 20 years. She brings to her position an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including work as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host at both the local and national level. The program has covered such breaking news stories as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the deaths of Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Columbia shuttle tragedy. In 2004, Liane was granted an exclusive interview with former weapons inspector David Kay prior to his report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The show also won the James Beard award for best radio program on food for a report on SPAM.