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Isengard and the Orcs

Isengard/Orc Theme

Appears in:

1|2|2 The Caverns of Isengard
[01:34-02:02]
[02:44-03:54]
1|2|10 The Pass of Caradhras
[02:41-03:07]
1|3|4 The Fighting Uruk-Hai
[00:00-00:20]
[00:34-00:45]
[07:00-07:24]
[07:31-07:34]
1|3|5 Parth Galen
[07:59-08:31]
2|1|5 Uglúk's Warriors
[01:18-01:26]
2|1|6 The Three Hunters
[02:58-03:25]
[03:57-04:01]
2|1|7 The Banishment of Éomer
[02:58-03:02]
2|1|8 Night Camp
[01:45-01:54]
2|2|2 The Court of Meduseld
[02:30-02:33] From the AS-TTT: "Chorus continues with “The King,” and Gandalf attempts to rescind Saruman’s influence. Above this, a brass line enunciates the score’s down and-back-up shape twice, first as Isengard’s half-step, then as the Fellowship’s (and Gandalf the White’s) whole-step, in a battle for Théoden’s soul."
Magpie notes: I believe this references the section from 2:30-2:37. I also believe the Isengard's half step is heard at 2:30. (Followed by the Fellowship's whole step at 2:33.) I'm not entirely sure about this, though.
2|2|8 The Wolves of Isengard
[00:22-00:23]
[02:09-02:18]
2|2|10 The Voice of Saruman
[00:14-00:35]
[00:52-01:12]
2|3|5 The Battle of the Hornburg
[01:32-01:37]
2|3|8 Retreat
[02:48-03:10]
3|1|4 The Foot of Orthanc
[00:00-00:17] From the Annotated Score: "Saruman emerges to hurl taunts at Théoden and the Fellowship. The Isengard theme, which was once imbued with an overpowering militaristic weight, appears beneath string harmonics, now whisper-soft, but still in the darkest registers of the London Philharmonic's low woodwinds. A subtle pulsing in the strings adds a sense of urgency to the proceedings."
[01:50-02:04] From the Annotated Score: "With the conversation's power shifting to Saruman, brass again state the Isengard theme, now more robustly."