• Composer of the Week:  James Horner
    Horner James Horner was an American movie composer who was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1953.  He attended the Royal College of Music in London, as well as the University of Southern California.   Horner started composing during the 1970's, and has produced some of the best known film music of all time.

    Among Horner’s most famous film scores are:  Aliens, Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III:  The Search for Spock, The Land Before Time, Field of Dreams , Braveheart, Titanic , The Perfect Storm, Patriot Games, Sneakers, Clear and Present Danger, The Amazing Spiderman, Apollo 13, and Avatar.  While composers usually only have a few weeks or months to write a film score, it's rumored that Horner worked on the score for Avatar for nearly two years.   

    James Horner has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards (won twice), 5 Golden Globe Awards (won once) and 7 Grammy Awards (won three times).    Part of his success is his use of non-traditional instruments in the winds and percussion, giving his music a unique sound.   Tragically, James Horner died in a small plane crash in June, 2015. Our lesson today is presented as a tribute to his many accomplishments.  



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    The Music of James Horner