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James Horner

Background information
Birth name James Roy Horner
Born August 14, 1953 (1953-08-14) (age 54)
Origin London, England moved to Los Angeles, California in early 1970's California
Genre(s) film score
Occupation(s) Composer

James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer 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. Horner won two Academy Awards for his score and song compositions for the film Titanic in 1997. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... Celtic music is a term utilized by artists, record companies, music stores and music magazines to describe a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic peoples of Northern Europe. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ...

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Early life

James Horner was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Harry Horner, was a production designer, set designer and occasional film director. Horner's early years were spent in London, where he attended the Royal College of Music and studied under Gy├Ârgy Ligeti. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California, and eventually earned his masters and doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles where he studied with Paul Chihara and others. After several scoring assignments with the American Film Institute in the 1970s, he ended his teaching of music theory at the UCLA and turned to film scoring. Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Art director Harry Horner (1910 - 1994) was born in what is now Slovakia and found his way into the film business via his association with Max Reinhardt. ... Production designer is a term used in the movie and television industries to refer to the person responsible for the overall look of a filmed event such as films, TV programs, music videos or adverts. ... Scenic design also known as Stage design is the creation of theatrical scenery. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... // This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... “Ligeti” redirects here. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Music theory is a field of study that investigates the nature or mechanics of music. ...


In his youth Horner once dated Carrie Goldsmith, daughter of famous composer Jerry Goldsmith.[1] Jerrald King Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was a famous American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ...


Film and television scoring

Horner began his film scoring career by working for B-movie director and producer Roger Corman, with his first composer credit for Corman's big-budget Battle Beyond the Stars. His works steadily gained notice in Hollywood, which led him to take on larger projects. Horner made a breakthrough in 1982, when he had the chance to score for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, establishing himself as a mainstream composer. Horner continued composing music for high-profile releases in the 1980s, including Krull (1983), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Cocoon (1985), Aliens (1986, earning his first Academy Award nomination), Willow (1988), Glory and Field of Dreams (both 1989). The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Roger Corman Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed King of the Bs for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this appelation as inaccurate), is a prolific American producer and director of low-budget exploitation movies. ... Battle Beyond the Stars is a Roger Corman-produced science fiction film, directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and released in 1980. ... ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... This article is on the fantasy film Krull for the Mathematican see Wolfgang Krull Krull is a 1983 heroic fantasy film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Ron Silverman. ... Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Paramount Pictures, 1984; see also 1984 in film) is the third feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film about a group of elderly humans who were rejuvenated by aliens. ... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ... Glory is a 1989 Academy Award-winning drama based on the history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the American Civil War. ... Field of Dreams (1989) is a movie about a farmer who becomes convinced by a mysterious voice that he is supposed to construct a baseball diamond in his corn field. ...


Horner's scores also began to see a secondary life with their usage in film trailers for other movies. Excerpts from his score for Aliens rank second in the most commonly-used soundtrack cues for film trailers.[2] In a strange twist, several films whose scores were composed by Michael Kamen have had Horner music for the trailers; most notably, the music from Willow is substituted for the theme Kamen wrote for the 1993 remake of The Three Musketeers. Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... Michael Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was an American composer (especially of film scores), orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ...


Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Horner also displayed a talent for writing orchestral scores for children's films (particularly those produced by Amblin Entertainment), with credits for An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), and Casper and Balto (both 1995). Amblin Entertainment logo. ... An American Tail is an animated film produced by Steven Spielbergs Amblin Entertainment, and directed by Don Bluth, originally released in movie theatres on November 21, 1986. ... This article is about the 1988 film. ... Were Back! A Dinosaurs Story is an animated film, produced by Steven Spielbergs Amblimation animation studio, distributed by Universal Pictures, and originally released in movie theatres in 1993. ... Casper is a 1995 live-action feature film based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons and comic strips. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ...


The year 1995 saw Horner produce no fewer than six scores, including his commercially successful and critically-acclaimed works for Braveheart and Apollo 13. Horner's greatest financial success would come in 1997 with an enormously popular score to Titanic, which was greatly influenced by the music of Clannad.[3] The album became the best-selling instrumental soundtrack in history with over 24 million copies sold worldwide, and is the third best-selling soundtrack album ever, trailing only Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack (over 37 million) and the Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever (40 million). In 1997 he won Academy Awards for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for "My Heart Will Go On" (which he co-wrote with Will Jennings), in addition to three Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. For the moshing term Braveheart, see Wall of death (moshing). ... Apollo 13 is a 1995 film portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... This article is about the Irish musical group. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... For other uses, see The Bodyguard (disambiguation). ... The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of all time. ... Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a Brooklyn discotheque. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... My Heart Will Go On is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. ... Will Jennings (born 1944 in Kilgore, Texas) is a prolific and highly successful American songwriter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Since Titanic, Horner has continued to score for major productions (including The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, and The Legend of Zorro). Aside from the major projects, Horner periodically tackles smaller projects as well (such as Iris and Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius). He frequently scores for the films of director Ron Howard, a partnership that began with Cocoon in 1985. Coincidentally, Horner's end title music from Glory can be heard in the trailer for Howard's Backdraft. The Perfect Storm (ISBN 0-393-04016-X) is a non-fiction book written by Sebastian Junger and published by Little, Brown and Company in 1997. ... A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical film about John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Laureate (Economics) mathematician. ... The Legend of Zorro is a 2005 sequel to 1998s The Mask of Zorro, both directed by Martin Campbell. ... Iris is a movie that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. ... Ron Howard on the set of Ransom Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, film director and producer of Dutch, Scottish, English, Irish, German and Cherokee Indian descent. ... Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film about a group of elderly humans who were rejuvenated by aliens. ... Glory is a 1989 Academy Award-winning drama based on the history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the American Civil War. ... Backdraft is an American movie released in 1991, directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. ...


Horner composed the new theme music for the CBS Evening News. The theme was introduced as part of the debut of Katie Couric as anchor on September 5, 2006. It has since been adopted by most other CBS News programs, as well. CBS Evening News is the flagship nightly television news program of the American television network CBS. The network has broadcast this program since 1948, and has used the CBS Evening News title since 1963. ... Katherine Anne Katie Couric (born January 7, 1957) is an American media personality who became well-known as co-host of NBCs Today. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS News logo, used from Sept. ...


Recently, Horner finished the scores for The Spiderwick Chronicles, directed by Mark Waters, and In Bloom, directed by Vadim Perelman. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a movie based on Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzis bestselling childrens book series of the same name. ... Mark Waters (born June 30, 1964) in Cleveland, Ohio is an American film director. ... In Bloom is an upcoming 2007 film directed by Vadim Perelman and starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood. ... Vadim Perelman is a Soviet-American film director. ...


List of film scores

Humanoids from the Deep is a 1980 horror/science fiction thriller, starring Doug McClure and Vic Morrow. ... Battle Beyond the Stars is a Roger Corman-produced science fiction film, directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and released in 1980. ... The Hand is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Oliver Stone, based on the novel The Lizards Tail by Marc Brandell. ... The Wolfen from Star Fox: Assault. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... 48 Hours is a 1982 action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Eddie Murphy (in his film debut), Nick Nolte, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Brion James, and Annette OToole. ... Gorky Park, the 1983 movie based on the novel by Martin Cruz Smith, was directed by Michael Apted from the screenplay by Dennis Potter. ... Uncommon Valor (1983) is a war film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff. ... The Dresser is a 1983 film which tells the story of an aging actors personal assistant, who struggles to keep his charges life together. ... Testament is a 1983 film directed by Lynne Littman and starring Jane Alexander. ... Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1983 movie based on the Ray Bradbury novel, starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce. ... Brainstorm is a 1983 MGM horror/thriller/science fiction film directed by Douglas Trumbull and starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood (in her last film appearance). ... Krull is a 1983 heroic fantasy film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Ron Silverman. ... Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Paramount Pictures, 1984; see also 1984 in film) is the third feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Commando (first released on October 4, 1985) is a Hollywood action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film about a group of elderly humans who were rejuvenated by aliens. ... For the feature-length film of the same story, see The Name of the Rose (film). ... Captain EO (alternately, Captain Eo) is a 3-D film which was formerly shown in Disney theme parks. ... An American Tail is an animated film produced by Steven Spielbergs Amblin Entertainment, and directed by Don Bluth, originally released in movie theatres on November 21, 1986. ... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... *batteries not included is a 1987 family film directed by Matthew Robbins. ... Project X was a 1987 film produced by Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. ... Willow is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, based on a story by George Lucas. ... This article is about the 1988 film. ... 1988 sequel to the feature film, Cocoon. ... Ad for Vibes from 1988 Los Angeles Times Vibes is a comedy film released in 1988 starring pop icon and singer Cyndi Lauper, actor Jeff Goldblum, actor Julian Sands and legendary actor Peter Falk. ... Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 comedy film released through Walt Disney Pictures. ... Field of Dreams (1989) is a movie about a farmer who becomes convinced by a mysterious voice that he is supposed to construct a baseball diamond in his corn field. ... Glory is a 1989 Academy Award-winning drama based on the history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the American Civil War. ... DVD case cover for I Love You to Death I Love You to Death is a 1990 crime/comedy film, directed by Lawrence Kasdan. ... Another 48 Hours is a 1990 film, the sequel to 48 Hours. ... The Rocketeer is a 1991 superhero adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures/Touchstone Pictures[1] and directed by Joe Johnston. ... Class Action is a 1991 film directed by Michael Apted. ... Patriot Games (1987) is a novel by Tom Clancy. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Thunderheart (1992) is a crime movie directed by Michael Apted with Fred Ward ,Val Kilmer and Graham Greene. ... Unlawful Entry is a 1992 thriller film directed by Jonathan Kaplan starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta. ... Were Back! A Dinosaurs Story is an animated film, produced by Steven Spielbergs Amblimation animation studio, distributed by Universal Pictures, and originally released to movie theatres in 1993. ... Searching for Bobby Fischer is an acclaimed film of 1993 based on the life of Joshua Waitzkin. ... The Man Without a Face is a 1993 drama starring and directed by Mel Gibson. ... Once Upon a Forest is a 1993 animated film with an environmental theme, released on June 18, 1993 by 20th Century Fox. ... For the San Diego hardcore punk band, see Swing Kids (band). ... The Pelican Brief is a legal/suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. ... A Far Off Place is a Disney film from 1993, starring Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Embry and Jack Thompson. ... Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the book of the same name by Tom Clancy. ... The Pagemaster is a live action/animated film released by 20th Century Fox on November 23, 1994 and based on the illustrated book of the same name. ... Legends of the Fall is a 1994 film based on the 1979 novella of the same title by Jim Harrison. ... Casper is a 1995 live-action feature film based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons and comic strips. ... Apollo 13 is a 1995 film portrayal of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... For the moshing term Braveheart, see Wall of death (moshing). ... Jade is a erotic crime film/thriller film released in 1995. ... Jumanji is a 1995 feature film directed by Joe Johnston and based on Chris Van Allsburgs popular 1982 book, Jumanji. ... The Spitfire Grill is a 1996 American motion picture that tells a story of the redemption of a woman who was just released from prison. ... Ransom is a thriller film released in 1996, starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Gary Sinise and directed by Ron Howard. ... Courage Under Fire is a motion picture, released in 1996, starring Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips and Matt Damon. ... For the 1916 silent film, see The Devils Own (1916 film). ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Deep Impact is a 1998 science fiction disaster film released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. ... The Mask of Zorro (1998) is an American action film directed by Martin Campbell, and stars Antonio Banderas with Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stuart Wilson. ... Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 family film, and loose remake starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and directed by Ron Underwood. ... The Bicentennial Man is a novella by Isaac Asimov. ... The Perfect Storm is a 2000 film adapted from the book of the same title by Sebastian Junger. ... How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of the best-known childrens books by Dr. Seuss. ... Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 motion picture directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, starring Jude Law and Ed Harris. ... Iris is a 2001 film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. ... A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical film about John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Laureate (Economics) mathematician. ... Windtalkers is a 2002 World War II film directed by John Woo. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require restructuring. ... The Missing is a 2003 film directed by Ron Howard. ... This article is about the movie. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Troy is an Oscar-nominated movie released on May 14, 2004 about the Trojan War, as described in Homers Iliad, Virgils Aeneid, and other Greek myths. ... Promotional poster for The Forgotten The Forgotten is a 2004 psychological thriller, directed by Joseph Ruben. ... The Chumscrubber is a 2005 dark comedy film directed by Arie Posin and written by Posin and Zac Stanford. ... Flightplan is a 2005 action/mystery film directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen and Sean Bean. ... The Legend of Zorro is a 2005 sequel to 1998s The Mask of Zorro, both directed by Martin Campbell. ... The New World is a 2005 Academy Award-nominated drama / romance film directed by Terrence Malick. ... Promotional poster for All the Kings Men All the Kings Men (2006) is an adaptation of the 1946 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Robert Penn Warren and a remake of the 1949 Academy Award-winning movie, All the Kings Men. As of December 2005, extended post-production... Apocalypto is an Academy Award nominated 2006 epic film directed by Mel Gibson. ... Apocalypto is the soundtrack to the 2006 film of the same name by Mel Gibson. ... In Bloom is an upcoming 2007 film directed by Vadim Perelman and starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood. ... The Spiderwick Chronicles is a movie based on Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzis bestselling childrens book series of the same name. ... The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (ISBN 0-385-60940-X) is a 2006 novel by John Boyne. ... Avatar is an upcoming science fiction film to be directed by James Cameron. ...

Other work

Horner can be seen briefly in a cameo appearance as a crewman in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


References

  1. ^ Carrie Goldsmith, Deconstructing Dad: The Unfinished Life and Times of Jerry Goldsmith, Chapter 1, Jerry Goldsmith Online, 2 February 2004.
  2. ^ Top 100 Frequently Used Cues. soundtrack.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-14.
  3. ^ http://www.mdm.ie/artists/clannad.html

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