James Horner (1953-2015)


The great American composer James Horner died on June 22 in a plane crash in Los Padres National Forest, aged 61. He has left an incredible legacy of music scores behind him. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Horner worked mostly on children’s films, and his music is imprinted in the minds of 90s film lovers. Younger audiences will no doubt know Horner from his work in An American Tail (1986) and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), The Land Before Time (1988), Casper (1995), and Jumanji (1995). His other successful and critical works include the score to Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and the kick-ass score to Braveheart (1995). He was awarded his first Oscar for Best Original Score for Aliens (1986), but is best known for his scores for Titanic (1997), which earned him two Oscars. The soundtrack has sold more than 27 million copies world wide, and remains the best-selling mainly-orchestral soundtrack in history. Youtube is now flooded with tributes to Horner, including this one below which features the ‘Best of Horner’. American cinema has lost one of its best contemporary composers.


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