Not to be confused with the film score, the Lord of the Rings Symphony was written in 1988 by the Dutch composer Johan de Meij. Each of its five movements illustrates a person or important episode from the trilogy by Tolkien. "Hobbits" opens with a happy folk dance that expresses the carefree and optimistic character of the Hobbits, followed by a hymn that symbolizes their determination and nobility. It ends peacefully, reflecting the last chapter, "The Grey Havens," in which Frodo and Gandalf sail away over the horizon. This symphony is the first composition for symphonic band by de Meij, who studied trombone and band conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. --James Huff 23:40, March 28, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)