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James Horner

August 14, 1953 - June 22, 2015
born in Los Angeles, CA, composed during the Contemporary period
James Horner is one of the most famous film composers. He is the son of Harry Horner, a motion picture set designer. When he was quite young, the family moved to England, where he acquired an English accent. He spent his teenage years back in Los Angeles, but returned to England to attend the Royal College of Music in London. His composition teacher there was György Ligeti, a leading avant-garde composer whose music was used in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Horner's intent was to become a classical composer.

Believing his chances in serious music (which he concluded required getting a university post) were greater in the U.S., Horner transferred to the University of Southern California, where he obtained an undergraduate degree. He took his masters and doctorate in music theory and composition at UCLA and was offered a teaching position there. He wrote an orchestral work, Spectral Shimmer. After a frustrating effort to get it performed, it was played once (for an audience of 400, he says) by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Then Horner received an offer to score documentaries for the American Film Institute and "got hooked" on the process of writing music and immediately hearing it performed by an orchestra. He decided to become a film composer.

He went to work for Roger Corman's company, New World Pictures, and Horner became adept a writing scores quickly. He became known for an ability to obtain a large Hollywood sound with minimal means. The best-known of his scores from the Corman years is Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) but the same year he did his first important film, Lady in Red. After that, he began to work for major studios and drew his first prominent assignment inn 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The score was notable both for its warmth and from its eschewing unusual instrumentation or "spacey" effects. This led to other special effects action films, Krull and Brainstorm, in the latter of which he used a fascinating mix of orchestral, choral, and synthesized sound. He became noted for his touching, warm-hearted music in Ron Howard's Cocoon (1985).

In 1986 he was reunited with another Corman alumnus, director James Cameron, on Aliens. The experience was nearly disastrous -- Cameron gave him only ten days to complete the score, and during that period tried to get Horner to do rewrites, which was impossible. Horner vowed never to work with Cameron again. Nevertheless, Horner received his first Academy Award nomination for that score, which is notable for having a very different musical effect and no common musical elements from the first Alien film (scored by Jerry Goldsmith).

He has composed nearly 100 soundtracks with sounds ranging from Russian (Gorky Park), world music (Where the River Runs Black), and American rural (Field of Dreams) to medieval (The Name of the Rose). He often scores "against type," as in the case of the Civil War epic Glory, noted for its elegiac tone rather than explicit battle music. Other notable films scored by Horner are The Rocketeer, Legends of the Fall, Clear and Present Danger, The Mask of Zorro, The Perfect Storm, and Enemy at the Gates.

But he is best known for his score to Cameron's Titanic, the most profitable soundtrack recording in history. Horner reversed his stand on working with Cameron on reading the script and approached the director, who in the meantime had deeply admired Horner's music for Braveheart and Apollo 13.

Now the rather shy composer (who lives a comfortable distance from Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters) is often recognized and asked for autographs. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Amazing Spiderman (Music From The Motion Picture)

Title: The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score

1. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Main Title- Young Peter

2. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Becoming Spiderman

3. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Playing Basketball

4. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Hunting For Information

5. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: The Briefcase

6. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: The Spider Room- Rumble In The Subway

7. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Secrets

8. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: The Equation

9. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: The Ganali Device

10. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Ben's Death

11. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Metamorphosis

12. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Rooftop Kiss

13. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: The Bridge

14. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Peter's Suspicious

15. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Making A Silk Trap

16. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Lizard At School!

17. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Saving New York

18. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Oscorp Tower

19. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: I Can't See You Anymore

20. The Amazing Spiderman, Film Score: Promises- Spiderman End Titles

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Track List: The Mask Of Zorro (Music From The Motion Picture)

Title: The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score

1. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: The Plaza Of Execution

2. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: Elena And Esperanza

3. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: The Ride

4. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: Elena's Truth

5. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: The Fencing Lesson

6. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: Tornado In The Barracks

7. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: The Confession

8. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: Zorro's Theme

10. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: Stealing The Map

12. The Mask Of Zorro, Film Score: Diego's Goodbye

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Track List: Braveheart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Title: Braveheart, Film Score

1. Braveheart, Film Score: Main Title

2. Braveheart, Film Score: A Gift Of A Thistle

3. Braveheart, Film Score: Wallace Courts Murron

4. Braveheart, Film Score: The Secret Wedding

5. Braveheart, Film Score: Attack On Murron

6. Braveheart, Film Score: Revenge

7. Braveheart, Film Score: Murron's Burial

8. Braveheart, Film Score: Making Plans/gathering The Clans

9. Braveheart, Film Score: Sons Of Scotland

10. Braveheart, Film Score: The Battle Of Stirling

11. Braveheart, Film Score: For The Love Of A Princess

12. Braveheart, Film Score: Falkirk

13. Braveheart, Film Score: Betrayal &Amp; Desolation

14. Braveheart, Film Score: Mornay's Dream

15. Braveheart, Film Score: The Legend Spreads

16. Braveheart, Film Score: The Princess Pleads For Wallace's Life

17. Braveheart, Film Score: Freedom/the Execution/bannockburn

18. Braveheart, Film Score: End Credits

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Track List: Southpaw (Original Score)

Title: Southpaw (Original Score)

1. Southpaw (Original Score): The Preparations

2. Southpaw (Original Score): A More Normal Life

3. Southpaw (Original Score): A Fatal Tragedy

4. Southpaw (Original Score): The Funeral, Alone...

5. Southpaw (Original Score): Suicidal Rampage

6. Southpaw (Original Score): Empty Showers

7. Southpaw (Original Score): Dream Crusher

8. Southpaw (Original Score): A Cry For Help

9. Southpaw (Original Score): House Auction

10. Southpaw (Original Score): A Long Road Back

11. Southpaw (Original Score): Training

12. Southpaw (Original Score): How Much They Miss Her

13. Southpaw (Original Score): Hope Vs Escobar

14. Southpaw (Original Score): A Quiet Moment...

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Track List: Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score

1. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Main Title

3. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Khan's Pets

5. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Enterprise Clears Moorings

7. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Spock

10. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Surprise Attack

11. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Kirk's Explosive Reply

15. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Buried Alive

17. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Battle In The Mutara Nebula

22. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Film Score: Epilogue/end Title

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Track List: Titanic (Music From The Motion Picture) (Anniversary Edition)

Disc 1
Title: Titanic, Film Score

1. Titanic, Film Score: Never An Absolution

3. Titanic, Film Score: Distant Memories

5. Titanic, Film Score: Southampton

7. Titanic, Film Score: Rose

9. Titanic, Film Score: Leaving Port

11. Titanic, Film Score: Take Her To Sea, Mr. Murdoch

13. Titanic, Film Score: Hard To Starboard

15. Titanic, Film Score: Unable To Stay, Unwilling To Leave

17. Titanic, Film Score: The Sinking

19. Titanic, Film Score: Death Of Titanic

21. Titanic, Film Score: A Promise Kept

23. Titanic, Film Score: A Life So Changed

25. Titanic, Film Score: An Ocean Of Memories

29. Titanic, Film Score: Hymn To The Sea

Disc 2

1. Titanic, Film Score: Valse Septembre

2. Titanic, Film Score: Marguerite Waltz

3. Titanic, Film Score: Wedding Dance

4. Titanic, Film Score: Poet And Peasant

5. Titanic, Film Score: Blue Danube

6. Titanic, Film Score: Song Without Words

7. Titanic, Film Score: Estudiantina

8. Titanic, Film Score: Vision Of Salome

9. Titanic, Film Score: Titsy Bitsy Girl

10. Titanic, Film Score: Alexander's Ragtime Band

11. Titanic, Film Score: Sphinx

12. Titanic, Film Score: Barcarole

13. Titanic, Film Score: Orpheus

14. Titanic, Film Score: Song Of Autumn

15. Titanic, Film Score: Nearer My God To Thee

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ctreves
SPIDER-MAN is a hooman, right? Or is he an alien? Just asking. :3
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love you James - miss you till we can see you in heaven
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Now THIS was a very talented man. His music so evoking and stayed with you even after watching the film. Beautiful melodies that will keep his legacy alive. RIP Mr.Horner
♡always
A true fan :"|
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*Was RIP ;.;
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benjamincask e y 0 2
I will never forget him
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If you copy and paste this on 10 songs then you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain then you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I am sorry.
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positivekeit h
I will always have sex to your music!
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Very inspiring
RIP James Horner
Amazing composer
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I love his music! So inspiring and emotional.
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This music is incredible.
James Horner is a magician. This music is full of heart, warmth, love. His music is referred to as Russian, alegiac.
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Rip James ������. He made amazing music ❤
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20zbp013
I had the fortunate opportunity to share his birthday. I shall never celebrate it the same way again.
Rip James. I love you.
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amazing person will never be forgoten in our heart of hearts and music ��
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I wish I could meet the guy. I love his scores. I want to do a tribute for him for band. He will be missed. God bless our hearts. You are with us. We all miss you James.��
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So sad. He wrote amazing music. He will be missed greatly.
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Rip great man with great brain he will live in our hearts.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
Every time I hear his music I feel like crying that was sad he died. We will miss you James Horner and your amazing music gift that god gave to you RIP James Horner.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
Everybody is talking about James Horner's deaf makes me cry.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
Yes asimpson210 we lost a great composer.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
20zbp013 you mean James Horner died?
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20zbp013
Rip james it has been an honor sharing a birthday with you.
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anthonyjruti g l i a n o 3
Cool dude I love him
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Nice
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
I can see twilight and flash kissing really I can see them in my mind right now.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
Sounds like love of a princess.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
There are 11 people in the music Battle.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
James horner is new to the music Battle.
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anthonyjruti g l i a n o 3
Yeah that's right
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wb201822
Your music has given hope to a world mired in itself.
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Such a beautiful score. Makes me cry every time I hear it. We will miss you, James Horner, and your amazing God given gift of music.
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anthonyjruti g l i a n o 3
He will be our favorite composer forever
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anthonyjruti g l i a n o 3
Here here and amen
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sean.connoll y 0 0 1
Amazing composer. Sorry for his loss.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
Rip James horner.
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mikkelbenson 2 0 1 1
I like it.
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I wept when I heard the news of Mr. Horner's death. He represents an era in music that corresponds to that era in my life, personal but sweeping, intimate but all encompassing . His heart will go on.
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Rest in peace, James Horner. He really was a one in a million composer, and so unique! No one will forget you.
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We lost a great composer recently. I know that his music has influenced and been a part of any lives, mine included. You will live on in your music James Horner. Rest in peace.
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James Horner, your music has touched so many hearts and people. It was the key to leaving scenes the way they are. It was profound yet beautifully done. I love your music so much and I love it forever. You were truly an incredible composer of our time and time to come. You will be missed. RIP.
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You will be my favorite composers of film. You have left behind something that will be remembered for ages. RIP
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I love his score for the film Titanic
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Rest In Peace you will be truly missed by everyone
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shayewils
I just love his avatar and 1998 titanic!!!!!
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Rest in peace your music will be remembered ❤️
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Your music was amazing,your beautifull talent will live on forevet.than k y o u !
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jerry.enoch2 7
One of my favorite composers. Your music will live on forever. What a beautiful thing to leave behind. RIP
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What a tragic loss with the death of James Horner...his beautiful film scores will live on....
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stephaniesto k e s 1
Brilliant ! You are already truly missed as the sounds of the backdrop of life are only composed from you and another human.
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Rest in peace, James Horner
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Love this movie so much
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