Remembering James Horner

June 23, 2015

This morning, we were deeply saddened to hear of the death of wonderful film composer James Horner. He was 61. To help remember him, we’ve assembled five of his finest tunes.

Titanic - My Heart Will Go On

Titanic was a huge box office success, in no small part thanks to that song by Celine Dion. Written by Horner, he won an Oscar not only for this song but also for composing the score as a whole.

Braveheart - The Gift of a Thistle

Just two years before Titanic, James Horner was also hugely influential upon the success of another Oscar Best Picture winner, this time providing the score for Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. The Gift of a Thistle is perhaps the most well-known tune from the film.

Apollo 13 – Main Title

Horner was actually twice-nominated for an Oscar in the Best Score category in 1995. Neither Braveheart nor Apollo 13 went on to win the award, but it’s testament to his great skill as a composer.

The Mask of Zorro – Main Title

A gorgeous theme that significantly adds to the mystique of the Zorro character, parodied so memorably in the recent Shrek films with Puss in Boots.

Avatar – Jake’s First Flight

The defining piece of music from Avatar was written by James Horner to accompany the main character’s flight through the magical realm of Pandora. Reteaming with James Cameron proved extremely successful for them both as Avatar surpassed Titanic to become the biggest box office hit of all time.  

James Horner was so prolific – three films that he has scored will be coming out in 2015 – that choosing just five themes was an unenviable task. As such, we also highly recommend you seek out TroyJumanji and The Land Before Time



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By Henry Fosdike