James Horner

Born 14 August 1953.
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James Horner - Interview with Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige is joined by composer James Horner to talk about the making of the Titanic film score and his career creating music for the movies.

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James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of 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 for the 1997 film Titanic remains the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time.

Horner has scored over 100 films, frequently collaborating with directors such as James Cameron, Mel Gibson, Ron Howard and Jean-Jacques Annaud. Other scores he has composed on include those for Commando, Braveheart, Willow, Apollo 13, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon, Legends of the Fall, Aliens, Glory, The Mask of Zorro, Field of Dreams, Enemy at the Gates, Casper, Troy, Bicentennial Man, The Rocketeer, A Beautiful Mind, Mighty Joe Young, The Perfect Storm, Deep Impact, Avatar 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture

    Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Horner’s score to Cameron’s latest stands up well as an independent listen.
  2. Review of House Of Sand And Fog: Original Soundtrack

    House Of Sand And Fog: Original Soundtrack 2004

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    The fog even seeps into the music, in the best possible way.
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