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James Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an award-winning American composer, orchestrator and conductor of film scores.

In a career that spans over three decades, Horner has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s heavyweight filmmakers - including Roger Corman, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Edward Zwick, Mel Gibson, and James Cameron - composing many notable scores, including Cocoon, Aliens, Braveheart, Apollo 13, Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, The Missing, Avatar, and most recently, The Karate Kid.

James Horner began scoring short films in 1978, with a batch of projects for the American Film Institute. The following year saw the release of his first motion picture score The Lady in Red.

In 1980, Horner began his rise to fame by scoring low-budget horror and science fiction movies, and after meeting executive producer Roger Corman during post-production on Humanoids From The Deep, a pertinent working relationship was born. That same year, Horner scored another Roger Corman project, Battle Beyond The Stars, and segments of this score was reused in many Corman productions throughout the 1980s.

That decade Horner scored no less than 40 films, including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and its sequel Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon and Aliens, in which he met Ron Howard and James Cameron respectively.

In 1987, Horner recieved his first Oscar nomation for the song Somewhere Out There from An American Tail, which was the first of 3 films in the mid to late 1980s he scored for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment (the others being *Batteries Not Included and The Land Before Time. In 1988 Horner was sanctioned to write the orchestral score for Willow, produced by George Lucas’ Lucasfilm.

Yet after the phenomenal success of 1997’s Titanic, which to this day remains the best-selling orchestral soundtrack in history with over 11m sales worldwide, Horner has preferred to be involved with smaller projects which has enabled him to develop a quieter, minimal style of music, examples of which can be heard in indie films such as Iris, The Chumscrubber, Apocalypto, The Life Before Her Eyes, and the upcoming 2011 film The Song of Names.

Edited by Clackers on 4 Mar 2011, 13:17

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