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Acclaimed film composer who won two Academy Awards for his work on the soundtrack for the 1997 film Titanic. He also earned Academy Award nominations for scoring Aliens (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Apollo 13 (1995), Braveheart (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Avatar (2009).
He began playing piano when he was five years old. He received a bachelor’s degree from USC, then went on to earn his doctorate from UCLA.
He composed the song “Cutting Cards” for the HBO horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt.
How did James Horner die?
James Horner's death was caused by aviation incident.
James Horner in 2011. The composer, responsible for more than 100 film scores over 40 years, died in a plane crash in 2015.
|Cause of death||Aviation incident|
|Age of death||61 years|
|Birthday||August 14, 1953|
|Death date||June 22, 2015|
|Place of death||Los Padres National Forest, California, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|
"To me, writing and composing are much more like painting, about colors and brushes; I don't use a computer when I write, and I don't use a piano. I'm at a desk writing, and it's very broad strokes and notes as colors on a palette."James Horner
"I think people hire me for the slightly weird angle that I bring. Part of the trick is keeping it sort of simple; you have to give the impression of not that much music playing when there's really a lot."James Horner
"The music's job is to get the audience so involved that they forget how the movie turns out."James Horner
"I tend to write it and then let go emotionally."James Horner
"When I do a film score, I am basically nothing more than a fancy pencil for hire. I don't own any of the music when I am - it belongs to the film company - and likewise, when I am done, even if I come up with something astounding that I may want to revisit... in the world of film composition, you can't do that."James Horner