Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Look at James Horner

If you enjoy movies such as Braveheart (1995), Titanic (1997), or Avatar (2009), then you likely are familiar with and enjoy the music of composer James Horner (1953–2015).

Beginning his music studies on piano as a child, Horner quickly jumped into the film industry following college, working on scores for B movies. It wasn’t long before he received a major opportunity, working with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. From there, he began to make a true name for himself, working with major directors and film projects. Sadly, Horner died in a plane crash in 2015.

Horner is perhaps best known for “My Heart Will Go On,” made famous by Celine Dion and the film Titanic staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Though remembered as a film composer, Horner dabbled in orchestral works. One example was released in May 2015, just prior to his passing. This piece was commissioned by Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, a famed brother and sister duo. Horner titled the work Pas de Deux, as it is meant to depict the players “dancing” together. Enjoy this lovely work below.

Join me next time as we look at another famous film composer, Nino Rota. 

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