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James Horner

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Los Angeles, United States (1979 – present)

James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American , conductor, and orchestrator of orchestral and film music. He is noted for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for frequent use of Celtic musical elements. His score to the 1997 film Titanic remains the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time.

In addition, Horner has scored over 100 films, frequently collaborating with acclaimed directors such as James Cameron and Ron Howard. Other scores he worked on include those of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Cocoon, Commando, Aliens, Willow, Field of Dreams, Glory, The Rocketeer, Legends of the Fall, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Casper, The Mask of Zorro, Mighty Joe Young, The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, Enemy at the Gates, Troy, Avatar, *batteries not included, and more recently, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Horner has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards. His body of work is also notable for including the scores to the two highest-grossing films of all time: Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009), both of which were directed by James Cameron. Horner was greatly influenced by Dimitri Shostakovich.

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  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Like a mix of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, yet lacking the talent.

    21 Aug 4:20am Reply
  • lenarde

    A Beautiful Mind

    13 Jul 2:48pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    JACK RYAN scores - don't forget about those!

    22 Jun 8:10pm Reply
  • mecchaumai

    The titanic soundtrack is <3

    18 Jun 12:10pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Braveheart!

    17 Jun 8:57pm Reply
  • Slayerrrr_88

    Horner is great, too bad he seems underappreciated by the Zimmer fans of the world. [3]

    1 Jun 8:54am Reply
  • apxstitch

    Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan...still love it today just as much as I have for the past 32 years! Awesome score :)

    31 May 5:19pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    On the one hand, I kinda hate Avatar, on the other hand, I love its soundtrack. Horner is great, too bad he seems underappreciated by the Zimmer fans of the world. [2] kmt u rite.

    29 May 2:02pm Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    On the one hand, I kinda hate Avatar, on the other hand, I love its soundtrack. Horner is great, too bad he seems underappreciated by the Zimmer fans of the world.

    31 Mar 8:50pm Reply
  • yakkowarner

    "How did it feel, strapping that thing to your back and flying like a bat out of hell?" - my favourite score of his.

    19 Feb 1:11pm Reply
  • maun

    someone remembering the land before our time? from the frst time ive heard his music as a kid i was in awe

    17 Feb 6:41pm Reply
  • Jaribroham

    Fish Police!

    5 Feb 12:29am Reply
  • Abetancourt_

    If the movie made you sob, perhaps James made its OST e.g. Titanic, Braveheart, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, Bicentennial Man etc.

    16 Jan 2:28am Reply
  • MikeTheory

    https://www.facebook.com/filmscorecomposers join us! :)

    5 Jan 4:29pm Reply
  • apxstitch

    I love Legends of the Fall, Glory and The Perfect Storm. They are amazing from beginning to end!

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Post-romantic

    Braveheart, great OST [2]

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    AVATAR SOUNDTRACK <3

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • InvisibleDeath

    Greatest!

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Unknowny503

    I suggest to watch Hollywood in Vienna 2013 where you can hear pretty good arrangements for Horner's compositions. Worth mentioning he received Max Steiner award.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • silverthistle

    The soundtrack to Avatar was the only thing I liked about the movie.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
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