James Horner

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James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American composer, conductor and orchestrator of film scores. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music.

Horner was an accomplished concert hall composer before he moved into writing film scores. His first major film score was for the 1979 film The Lady in Red, but did not establish himself as a mainstream composer until he worked on the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Horner's score for Titanic is the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time while Titanic and Avatar, both directed by James Cameron, are the two highest-grossing films of all time.

Horner collaborated on multiple projects with directors including Don Bluth, James Cameron, Walter Hill and Ron Howard; producers including David Kirschner, Jon Landau, Brian Grazer and Steven Spielberg; and songwriters including Will Jennings, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Horner composed music for over 100 films; he won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, and three Saturn Awards, and was nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.

Horner died at the age of 61 when his single-engine Tucano aircraft crashed in the Los Padres National Forest.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Pas de deux James Horner; Mari Samuelsen, Håkon Samuelsen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Heart of the Ocean James Horner 1
1998 Titanic: The Essential James Horner Film Music Collection James Horner 2
2011 The Music of James Horner James Horner 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Elliot Goldenthal, John Frizzell, Brian Tyler; Tenerife Film Orchestra & Choir cond. Diego Navarro 4 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars James Horner 2
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan James Horner 5 4
1983 Brainstorm James Horner 3
1983 Gorky Park James Horner 5
1983 Krull James Horner 7
1985 Cocoon James Horner 4
1986 Aliens James Horner 4 7
1986 An American Tail James Horner 2
1986 The Name of the Rose James Horner 3
1986 Where the River Runs Black James Horner 1
1987 *batteries not included James Horner 3 2
1988 Red Heat James Horner 3
1988 The Land Before Time James Horner 2
1988 Cocoon: The Return James Horner 2
1988 Willow James Horner 2
1989 Field of Dreams James Horner 2
1989 Glory James Horner 3.5 1
1990 Vibes James Horner 2
1990 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock James Horner 4 6
1991 Class Action: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack James Horner 1
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West James Horner 3
1991 The Rocketeer James Horner 1
1992 Sneakers James Horner 2
1992 Patriot Games James Horner 4
1992 Thunderheart James Horner 1
1993 The Man Without a Face James Horner 2
1993 Bopha! James Horner 1
1993 A Far Off Place James Horner 2
1993 Once Upon a Forest James Horner 1
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer James Horner 2
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story James Horner 1
1994 The Pelican Brief James Horner 1
1994 Clear and Present Danger James Horner 3
1994 The Pagemaster James Horner 1
1995 Legends of the Fall James Horner 3 3
1995 Braveheart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack James Horner; London Symphony Orchestra 3.35 5
1995 Casper James Horner 4 1
1995 Apollo 13 James Horner 8
1995 Jumanji James Horner 3 3
1995 Balto James Horner 1
1996 The Spitfire Grill James Horner 1
1996 Courage Under Fire James Horner 1
1996 Ransom James Horner 2 3
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday James Horner 1
1997 Project X (score of the 1987 movie) James Horner 2

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