The film industry has lost a mastermind.
The magician musician James Horner, who crafted some of the biggest scores in the cinema, unfortunately passed away yesterday during a plane crash. The news of the death rippled across the industry as we came to terms with someone taken from us too soon. At the age of 61, James Horner left a legacy but it was still shocking for us to learn of his critical accident.
To honour the man who enhanced our films with his stunning music, we have a look back over an astonishing career.
His first work was the 1979 drama The Lady In Red and he’d continue to strive for composer greatness through the likes of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn and Star Trek II: The Search of Spock, showcasing his contributions to science fiction early on and thrilling geeks everywhere. Throughout the eighties, nineties and now, he’d continue this trend of sci-fi music with Aliens, Krull, Batteries’ Not Included and Cocoon.
Horner also captured our childhood with greatness. He’d score a whole heap of movie music that would be the soundtrack to our lives, especially those growing up in the nineties. From Jumanji to The Land Before Time, Mighty Joe Young to Casper, Pagemaster to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the music is glorious - full of hope and danger, everything that encompasses childhood and filling our little hearts with tones of glee. As the crescendo rises, the strings collide and Horner’s powerful way of catching the poignancy in the films. His work on An American Tail, especially with Somewhere Out There, was a critical and commercial hit as he win a Grammy for Song of the Year and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture of Television. He’d be nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award too.
Rest in Peace, James Horner. And thank you for the music.