Friday, 26 June 2015

In Memory of James Horner (1953-2015)

James Horner (1953-2015)

To all fans of James Cameron and
those who grew up with family
movies from Don Bluth and Steven
Spielberg, you will be saddened to
hear that James Horner, the Oscar
winning composer of films such as
'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan',  
'Cocoon', 'An American Tail',
'Aliens', 'Willow', 'Field of Dreams', 
'Braveheart', 'Apollo 13', 'Titanic', The 
'Mask of Zorro', 'A Beautiful Mind' and 
'Avatar' has being killed in a plane
crash while aboard on a Short Tucano turboprop plane on June 22nd 2015 at 61 years of age. To be honest, I do like some of Horner's scores especially in animated films and Willow, I was never much of a fan to his other music in general.

Horner began his composing in pictures about in the late 1970s after finishing with the American Film Institute beginning with 'The Lady in Red' and some B-movies for Roger Corman. In 1982, Horner was approached by director Nicholas Meyer to score the second film instalment of Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan and his career took off resulting in more of his film compositions being in major motion pictures such as 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock', 'Krull',' Brainstorm', 'Cocoon', 'The Land Before Time', 'Willow', 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids', 'The Rocketeer' and othersHis career highlights include An American Tail. Aliens, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, 'Apollo 13', 'Titanic', 'A Beautiful Mind', 'House Of Sand And Fog' and 'Avatar' which earned Horner eight Academy Award nominations (save for 'Titanic' which finally saw him receive two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Song which he shared with Celine Dion).

Horner's music has helped to define modern movies along with his contemporaries John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Hans Zimmer, what he brought to the magic for the movie experience will be missed in some ways by anyone who enjoys hearing his scores.

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