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James Horner (1953-2015)

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Oscar-winning Titanic composer James Horner, died Monday morning in a small plane crash near Ventucopa, CA, in Santa Barbara County. Horner, 61, was identified Monday evening as the pilot of a single-engine S-312 Tucano MK-1, a plane registered in his name. According to CBS 2 in Los Angeles, the plane wreckage caused a brush fire, which Santa Barbara County Fire responded to at approximately 9:30 AM PST.

 

Oscar-winning Titanic composer James Horner, died Monday morning in a small plane crash near Ventucopa, CA, in Santa Barbara County. Horner, 61, was identified Monday evening as the pilot of a single-engine S-312 Tucano MK-1, a plane registered in his name. According to CBS 2 in Los Angeles, the plane wreckage caused a brush fire, which Santa Barbara County Fire responded to at approximately 9:30 AM PST.

Arguably, the 2nd most successful (behind John Williams) and prolific (behind Ennio Morricone)  film composer in history, Horner has scored over 100 films in his 35 year career. He has scored movies for Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Sam Raimi, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Mel Gibson, Chris Columbus, Wolfgang Peterson and many others. James had been nominated for seven Academy Awards and won in 1998 for co-writing "My Heart Will Go On (Love theme from Titanic)" along with Will Jennings and he won the Oscar for best original score beating out such legendary figures John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith that year.

Horner's most challenging film to compose for was Cameron's Avatar, in which the composer worked on for two years straight even turning down offers to work on other films. He had several fights with Cameron during the process (as they had during Titanic and even on their first project Aliens in 1986) but Avatar was the project Horner was most proud of.

Here are some of my favorite James Horner Pieces. James Horner was 61. He leaves behind a wife, Sarah and two daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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