James Horner

James Horner

Real Name:
James Roy Horner
American film music composer, conductor and orchestrator,.born August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA, died in a plane crash June 22, 2015 in the Los Padres National Forest, California, USA. In 1997, he won two Academy Awards for his score and song compositions for the film "Titanic".

Horner started playing piano at the age of 5. He studied at the Royal College Of Music in London, under György Ligeti. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California, and eventually earned a master's and started working on his doctorate, studying with Paul Chihara, among others. After several scoring assignments with the American Film Institute in the 1970's, he finished his teaching of music theory at UCLA and turned to film scoring.

He made his breakthrough in 1982, when he scored "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". In total, he has scored over 100 films, but he has also done some music for short films, three orchestral pieces and music for television, including the current theme music for the CBS Evening News (beginning September 5, 2006).

Horner's most known scores include: "Aliens", "Willow", "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West", "Legends of the Fall", "Braveheart", "Apollo 13", "Titanic", "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Mask of Zorro", among others. He has worked often with director Ron Howard, a collaboration that started with the 1985 film "Cocoon".

James Horner Discography


RNSP 300 James Horner Battle Beyond The Stars (Album) Rhino Records (2) RNSP 300 US 1980 Sell This Version
CST 0203 James Horner Humanoids From The Deep (Album) Cerberus Records (2) CST 0203 US 1981 Sell This Version
K50905 James Horner Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (Album) Atlantic K50905 UK 1982 Sell This Version
VS 1001 James Horner Gorky Park (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VS 1001 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
2108, 2.108 James Horner Krull - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Southern Cross Records 2108, 2.108 France 1982 Sell This Version
VSD 1002 James Horner Brainstorm (Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) Milan VSD 1002 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
ECSX-95010-11 James Horner Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records ECSX-95010-11 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
ALB 6063 James Horner, Jean Desailly James Horner, Jean Desailly - Krull(LP) Le Petit Ménestrel ALB 6063 France 1984 Sell This Version
827041-1 James Horner Cocoon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Polydor, Polydor 827041-1 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
VSD-47263 James Horner Aliens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-47263 US 1986 Sell This Version
STV 81290 James Horner Where The River Runs Black (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande STV 81290 US 1986 Sell This Version
50484 James Horner Der Name Der Rose Soundtrack (Album) TELDEC 50484 France 1986 Sell This Version
320010 James Horner Aliens - O Resgate (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album) SBK Records 320010 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
MCAD-6225 James Horner Batteries Not Included (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) MCA Records MCAD-6225 US 1987 Sell This Version
90989-1 James Horner Red Heat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Virgin 90989-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDV 2538 James Horner Willow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Virgin Records America, Inc. CDV 2538 UK 1988 Sell This Version
MCD06266, MCAD6266 James Horner The Land Before Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) MCA Records MCD06266, MCAD6266 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
62113 James Horner And The London Symphony Orchestra James Horner And The London Symphony Orchestra - The Story Of Willow(LP, Album) Buena Vista Records 62113 US 1988 Sell This Version
VL 3087 James Horner, The Boys Choir Of Harlem James Horner, The Boys Choir Of Harlem - Glory (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Virgin Movie Music, Virgin Movie Music VL 3087 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
2292-57072-2 YS James Horner Dad (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) MCA Records 2292-57072-2 YS Germany 1989 Sell This Version
3060-1-N James Horner Field Of Dreams (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Novus 3060-1-N US 1989 Sell This Version
VSD-5308 James Horner Once Around - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5308 US 1990 Sell This Version
VCL 9001.4 James Horner Vibes (Album) Varèse Sarabande VCL 9001.4 US 1990 Sell This Version
MCD 10416 MCAD 10416 James Horner An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (Album) MCA Records MCD 10416 MCAD 10416 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
VSD-5303 James Horner Class Action (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5303 Europe 1991 Sell This Version


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January 21, 2016
A fantastic composer, and a genuinely nice man. Life was cut too short for this brilliant composer and human being. Rest in piece James Horner.

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