Happy Birthday: James Horner (1953–2015)

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jameshornerJames Horner (1953–2015)

Born: August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 22, 2015 (age 61) in Santa Barbara County, California, USA

2 time Oscar winner for TITANIC (Best Musical Score. Best Original Song)

I had no idea who Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams were before I did The Hand (1981). I’m sure that I was influenced by Goldsmith’s large orchestral scores when I started out, and that was because the people who employed me wanted that kind of sound. I wasn’t in a position to say, ‘Go to Hell!’

[from an interview in December, 2014] I’m much choosier. I don’t want to be doing these movies that now 85 or 90 composers want, as opposed to five or six. And now all these movies, action movies. I don’t get offered all the movies obviously, but I see a lot of them and I do get asked to…

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