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The Silence of the Lambs Music (Score)

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Music (Score)

Howard Shore

What do Gollum and Buffalo Bill have in common? Beyond excellent taste in jewelry, they have a film score composer linking them. Howard Shore is a prolific, award-winning composer who worked on The Silence of the Lambs and Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

Shore composed his score to be subtle and functional. No over-dramatic bleating of lambs in the background here. Shore says Jonathan Demme was very involved in the music, wanting to create a coherent atmosphere for the movie, so that it lurks in the background without the viewer really being aware of it.

And no one did notice, unfortunately. Lambs was nominated for many Academy Awards, but Best Original Score wasn't one of them. Maybe next time, Howard.(Source)

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