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James Newton Howard

June 9, 1951 -
born in Los Angeles, CA, composed during the Contemporary period
James Newton Howard is one of the most prominent film score composers, known for orchestrally oriented scores, with a selection ranging from relationship dramas to romantic comedies to large-scale action pictures. He was born to a family with a musical background: his grandmother had been concertmaster (or leader, in British parlance) of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She began giving James piano lessons on her piano when he was four. Though he was classically trained, he listened to rock and roll during his teen-aged years and remains a fan of popular music as well.

James entered the University of Southern California School of Music, then transferred to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where his teachers included pianist Leon Fleischer, Reginald Stewart, and master orchestrator Marty Paich. In later years, Howard often employed Paich as conductor on his film scores. Marty Paich's son David was a popular keyboardist and songwriter who later went on to fame with the band Toto, which got James closer to the rock scene in L.A. James, who was boxing grocery products for a living at the time, readily accepted an invitation to audition for a band named Mama Lion that needed a keyboard player.

The band was not particularly successful, but it was enough to get Howard's talents recognized in the professional music world, particularly by ace record producer Richard Perry. Howard worked as a keyboard and synthesizer player on sessions with, among other artists, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, Harry Nilsson, and Melissa Manchester. In 1975, Elton John invited Howard to join his band, beginning with that year's album, Rock of the Westies, then joined John's tour of that year. Howard has worked with John as both their schedules permitted ever since. Meanwhile, Howard's career blossomed both as a session or touring player and as a composer/arranger/orchestrator and record producer. He has written or arranged songs for Barbra Streisand, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Rickie Lee Jones, Cher, Randy Newman, Chaka Khan, Toto, Earth, Wind & Fire, Glenn Frey, and Olivia Newton-John.

He wrote his first solo film score in 1985, Head Office. Since then he has been continuously in demand on Hollywood sound stages, writing six or seven scores a year. He jokes "Until you become a film composer, you don't know what the word 'productive' means."

He has written over 70 movie scores, including Glengarry Glen Ross, Wyatt Earp, Waterworld, The Fugitive (Academy Award nomination), Space Jam (an ASCAP Award winner), Grand Canyon, Pretty Woman, My Best Friend's Wedding, Guilty by Suspicion, Major League, King Ralph, Flatliners, Falling Down, Prince of Tides (Academy Award nomination), Some Girls, Promised Land, Alive, Primal Fear (ASCAP Award), Dinosaur, Runaway Bride, Mumford, Junior, The Sixth Sense, The Postman, A Perfect Murder, Snow Falling in Cedars, One Fine Day (Grammy nomination), Batman Begins, The Hunger Games, and The Bourne Legacy. He has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song ("For the First Time" from One Fine Day and for "Look what Love has Done" from Junior).

In addition, he wrote the themes for the television series The Sentinel and E.R. (winning an Emmy award and an ASCAP Award). His music is particularly admired for its seamless blending of popular and classical music elements. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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This is the sean when katnissis loking for peeta when cato hurt him in the leg all for helping katniss thats true love what peeta bose for katniss like that telling her they are going to send dooms to district 13 and more
I can't wight for mockingjay to come out
bella_mckee
All of the books are SUPER good! I would also recommend Divergent. If you like adventure. :)
It's when Katniss is searching for peeta
I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!! I'VE SEEN ALL OF THE MOVIES AND NOW I'M READING THE SECOND BOOK.
ok where is the catching fire score? I'm like whaaaaaa.... . . ?
Oh wait it's the finale scene
What scene is this?
They played this when Rue died :*(
mattdorito
Love the Hunger Games
I CAN'T WAIT TILL MOCKINGJAY

FOLLOW IF U AGREE:)<3
alexaoberg
!!!!!LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!!!
ashlysgrmmy
I love the hunger games ,2 it is good
From the same dimension
ben34955
Holds 3 fingers to mouth and raises them up wards
Love the hunger games��
Follow me if u love the hunger games
302492335
I can memorize this whole entire movie by the way the song is. I love you Hunger Games
Follow meh an I will troll uuuuuuu
hannahb2771
I love the hunger games! Tribute for life!! These books and movies will go down in history!
i cried when rue did so sad but the movie was wonderful
Is this rues farewell scene?
castaneda.ky l e 3
I really loved the book. BUT THE MOVIE WAS THE WORST ATROCITY EVER PUT ON SCREEN!!!!!! >:<>
Love the hunger games it's the best including this great music ����
Hunger games was such a good movie!
Team peeeeetaaaaa ! ! ! Ahg! Love dis movie! You all gotsta watch it
You should see hunger games catching fire you'll cry.i did:(
hoglos
Sooo is The Sixth Sense a horror movie or somethin???
Love hunger games !!!!!!!�����
omg.
jimdabassman
Yes! Finally someone agrees with me arianafales, yes tailor swift does stink!
I love Madilyn Bailey! She is awesome!!! But Taylor swift sucks!!!!
by the way why is everyone talking about THG so much not that im complaning I am also ABSEST WITH IT

BEST MOVIE EVER!
I FREAKING LOVE THG it is the best dame movie I have seen in my whole freaking life I LOVE IT I LOVE IT SO MUCH THAT I CANT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT
Best movie EVER
I love the hunger games i am upsessed with the hunger games. It was sad when rue dies. Anywho i <3 hunger games and catching fire and the book mocking jay. Hope moking jay comes out. Follow me if you like hunger games

Omg love hunger games
catching fire was the best movie i have ever seen in my life!!!!!!!! ! ! ! team Gale 4eva!
Not gonna ask why THG is on a Disney station but RIP RUE
Good books, terrible movies.
Catching fire is such a great movie! And the soundtrack is amazing! Can't wait until mockingjay comes out!
What scene is this?
Such amazing movies
imacalvin
I cried when rue died. She was such an innocent little girl. She didn't deserve to die! :,(
Rue should have lived
Loved the hunger game since catching fire book came out. This composer made the perfect music to go with it. It practically makes me cry! It's so amazing
lkgrebnel
Very impressed w/Howard's score--begin n i n g to end. . . thx
I love hunger games!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Kiss your hand 5 times say your crushes name 15 the post this 2 times
@rtdarare03. Rue was awesome, she didn't deserve to die. ;( :(
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