James Horner

James Horner



James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American composer, conductor and orchestrator of film scores, writing over 100. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements, and for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music.[1][2]

Horner's first major score was in 1979 for The Lady in Red, but he did not establish himself as an eminent film composer until his work on the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.[3] His score for James Cameron's Titanic is the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time.[4][5] He also wrote the score for the highest-grossing film of all time, Cameron's Avatar.[6]

Horner collaborated on multiple projects with directors including Don Bluth, James Cameron, Joe Johnston, Walter Hill and Ron Howard; producers including David Kirschner, Jon Landau, Brian Grazer and Steven Spielberg; and songwriters including Will Jennings, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. He won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, three Satellite Awards, and three Saturn Awards, and was nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.

Horner, who was an avid pilot, died at the age of 61 flying his Short Tucano turboprop aircraft in a single-fatality crash.[7]



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Recapping the 1998 Academy Awards, the Biggest Oscars Ever
  –  March 1, 2018
James Horner’s iconic Titanic score wins, of course. Watching this is a sad reminder that Horner died in a plane crash in 2015. Thanks for the beautiful and indelible music, Mr. Horner. You’ll notice earlier that I said that was best dramatic score.
When It Comes To Winning The Oscar For Best Original Song, Location Matters
  –  February 28, 2018
As Knobloch also notes, by the time Celine Dion trilled the first notes of “My Heart Will Go On,” movie goers were already well acquainted with James Horner’s haunting melody that had played throughout the film. Similarly, the melodic themes in 2003 ...
Vibrant, classically trained 29-year-old soprano Carly Paoli proves she can range across the entire musical spectrum at this Cadogan Hall concert
  –  February 24, 2018
Her album, Singing My Dreams, which includes a duet with José Carrera, Paoli singing her own lyrics to music from the late, lamented James Horner’s Legends Of The Fall, and performing Ennio Morricone’s song from Cinema Paradiso, made No 2 in the ...
Marvel Studios Is Finally Creating Memorable Scores by Going Ambitious
  –  February 23, 2018
Giacchino then returned to Marvel to compose the score for Spider-Man: Homecoming, a tall order given that Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, and James Horner had all already taken a stab at the webslinger in previous films. But just as Homecoming itself found a ...
The 33 Best Movie Songs of All Time
  –  February 23, 2018
Apparently the film's composer James Horner was inspired by Jethro Tull's "Flying Dutchman," but the song will only send maudlin images of Jack and Rose, director James Cameron's doomed lovers, soaring through your mind. Critic Carl Wilson wrote a whole ...
James Horner
  –  February 21, 2018
James R. Horner, 72, Mandan, passed away Feb. 13, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A memorial service will be held at St Joseph's Church in Mandan, Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. A gathering will be held afterwards at A&B Pizza located at 1017 E. Interstate ...
Jaime Martín Named Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Next Music Director
  –  February 20, 2018
"Eroica" with the Orquestra de Cadaqués and James Horner's last symphonic work, Collages, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied with Antonio Arias in Madrid and later with Paul Verhey in The Hague, Holland. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra ...

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