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Hans Zimmer

Composer Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership with film composer Stanley Myers, and together they founded the London-based Lillie Yard recording studio. Zimmer and Myers' movie work of the period, which included material for pictures including Moonlighting, Success Is the Best Revenge, Insignificance, and the acclaimed My Beautiful Laundrette, made significant strides in fusing the traditional orchestral aesthetic of film composition with state-of-the-art electronics, and proved highly influential on countless soundtracks to follow.

In 1986 Zimmer joined David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto on their Oscar-winning score to The Last Emperor; his work on the apartheid drama A World Apart was his first major solo credit, and led to his Academy Award-nominated score for 1988's Best Picture-winning smash Rain Man. The following year Zimmer again composed the soundtrack for a Best Picture winner, this time Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy; a remarkably prolific writer, by the time the '90s dawned his music was a Hollywood staple, with a list of hits including Black Rain, Backdraft, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, and Days of Thunder. Zimmer scored his biggest commercial hit in 1994 with his work on Disney's The Lion King; the film's soundtrack garnered countless awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys. Later adapted for the Broadway stage, The Lion King took home the 1998 Tony for Best Musical as well.

In 1995, Zimmer also earned a Grammy for his work on Crimson Tide, which was honored as Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. Another Academy Award nomination followed for 1996's The Preacher's Wife; that same year, he earned BMI's prestigious Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement. 1997 saw Zimmer earn another Oscar nomination for his work on the James L. Brooks comedy As Good as It Gets, repeating the feat for the third consecutive year in 1998 with his score for the Terrence Malick masterpiece The Thin Red Line. His contributions to The Prince of Egypt also earned a Golden Globe bid earlier that same year.

The 2000s marked an auspicious time in the composer's career, as he continued scoring the biggest A-list films of the season, averaging two or three blockbusters a year, including Hannibal, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and The Da Vinci Code. In 2007, Silva Screen Records released Film Music of Hans Zimmer, a double-disc set highlighting his achievements as a movie music-maker. Later in 2007, he reworked Alf Clausen's zany Simpsons theme into a traditional symphonic film score on The Simpsons Movie. As the 2000s came to a close and the 2010s began, Zimmer's name remained synonymous with blockbusters as he scored later installments in the Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman franchises, including 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. His score to Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music and Original Score, and also earned a Saturn from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Music. Devastated by the Aurora shootings in 2012, Zimmer composed a choral arrangement of the The Dark Knight Rises theme, simply entitled "Aurora", to help raise money for the victims of the tragedy. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Track List: Film Music Of Hans Zimmer

Disc 1
Composer: Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrard
Title: Gladiator, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Thin Red Line, Film Score
Title: Thelma & Louise, Film Score
Title: The Da Vinci Code, Film Score
Title: Rain Man, Film Score
Title: Days Of Thunder, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Title: Pearl Harbor, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Last Samurai, Film Score
Disc 2
Title: Crimson Tide, Film Score
Title: Green Card, Film Score
Title: Regarding Henry, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer / James Newton Howard
Title: Batman Begins, Film Score
Composer: Patrick Cassidy
Title: Vide Cor Meum, Aria (for The Film Hannibal)
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: True Romance, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Title: Driving Miss Daisy, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Rock, Film Score
Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Film Score
Composer: Klaus Badelt
Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrard
Title: Gladiator, Film Score
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Track List: Aurora (Single)

Comments

kellyjanerid e r
my favorite is lord of the rings but this is definetly asome too
Loved his work in inception and dark knight
luka1957
impresionant e tu eres .... un genio
megs-schule
he did a great job
Unlike so many of his contemporari e s Zimmer is a model of restraint. His scores reflect great credit on him. He will be long remembered.
ZIMMER AWESOME IS HIS NAME FOR THE 999999999999 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 t h time!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
This guy is good
Every piece of film this guy touches just turns to gold
awesome
A truly gifted Composer.
shanemcglynn 8 8
One of the Few Film Composers to Reach levels around John Williams.
I absolutely love Zimmer's music. Especially the Pirates of the Caribbean film scores.
redhead363
Hans Zimmer, my all time favorite film score artist
MAN. OF. STEEL. They need to play some of that.
Hans Zimmer is so good I can even forgive him for popularizing that string'n'dru m sting that every single movie soundtrack uses now.
dmart289
I think Hans Zimmer's work rivals the late, great John Barry.
A Giant in the Fine Art of Film Score Music
Dark Knight Rises is awsome. My favorite
i like the work he did on the HBO miniseries The Pacific
great composer
very good composer
usaprincess7 3 0
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