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James Roy Horner (born August 14 1953) is an Academy Award-Winning Americanmarker composer, orchestrator and conductor of orchestral and film music. He is noted for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for frequent use of Celtic musical elements.

Early life

Horner was born in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, the son of Austrianmarker immigrants Joan (née Fraenkel) and Harry Horner, who was a production designer, set designer and occasional film director.

Horner started playing piano at the age of five. His early years were spent in Londonmarker, where he attended the Royal College of Musicmarker and studied under György Ligeti. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern Californiamarker, and eventually earned a master's and started working on his doctorate at the University of California, Los Angelesmarker where he studied with Paul Chihara, among others. After several scoring assignments with the American Film Institute in the 1970s, he finished his teaching of music theory at UCLA and turned to film scoring.

In his youth, Horner was acquainted with Carrie Goldsmith, daughter of the famous composer and peer Jerry Goldsmith.

Film and television scoring

Just like his counterpart Jerry Fielding, Horner's scores blends the musical essences of Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams. Also, like his other counterpart Les Baxter, he began his film scoring career by working for B movie director and producer Roger Corman, with his first composer credit for Corman's big-budget Battle Beyond the Stars. It was thought Horner contributed in scoring the 1982 horror film The Beast Within and some of the elements from his piece were used by composer Les Baxter, this was later proven false. His works steadily gained notice in Hollywoodmarker, which led him to take on larger projects. Horner made a breakthrough in 1982, when he had the chance to score for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, establishing himself as a mainstream composer. Horner continued composing music for high-profile releases in the 1980s, including 48 Hrs. (1981), Krull (1983), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Commando (1985), Cocoon (1985), Aliens (1986, earning his first Academy Award nomination), Willow (1988), Glory and Field of Dreams (both 1989).

Horner's scores also began to see a secondary life with their usage in film trailers for other movies. Excerpts from his score for Aliens rank second in the most commonly-used soundtrack cues for film trailers. Also, an unused fragment from Aliens was featured in a scene from Die Hard. Several films whose scores were composed by Michael Kamen have had Horner music for the trailers; most notably, the music from Willow is substituted for the theme Kamen wrote for the 1993 remake of The Three Musketeers.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Horner also displayed a talent for writing orchestral scores for children's films (particularly those produced by Amblin Entertainment), with credits for An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), and Casper and Balto (both 1995).

1995 saw Horner produce no fewer than six scores, including his commercially successful and critically-acclaimed works for Braveheart and Apollo 13, both of which earned him Academy Award nominations. Horner's greatest financial and critical success would come in 1997, with the incredibly successful score to the blockbuster motion picture,Titanic, which was greatly influenced by the music of Clannad. The album became the best-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack in history, selling over 27 million copies, worldwide. At the 70th Academy Awards, Horner won Oscars for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for "My Heart Will Go On" (which he co-wrote with Will Jennings), In addition, Horner and Jennings won three Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for the soundtrack and My Heart Will Go On.

Since Titanic, Horner has continued to score for major productions (including The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro and Bicentennial Man. Aside from the major projects, Horner periodically tackles smaller projects as well (such as Iris, Radio and Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius). He frequently scores for the films of director Ron Howard, a partnership that began with Cocoon in 1985. Coincidentally, Horner's end title music from Glory can be heard in the trailer for Howard's Backdraft.

Horner composed the current theme music for the CBS Evening News. The theme was introduced as part of the debut of Katie Couric as anchor on September 5, 2006. It has since been adopted by most other CBS News programs as well.

Horner's latest project is the score James Cameron's new film Avatar.

Critical debate

Horner has been accused of transposing hooks, orchestral motifs, or larger passages from other scores of his own or of other composers. These contentions are points of fierce debates between proponents of Horner and his detractors.

List of film scores






























1978 (for the AFI)
  • The Drought
  • Fantasies
  • Gist and Evans
  • Landscapes
  • Just for a Laugh
  • The Watcher

Television scores

  • CBS News

  • Freedom Song

  • Crossroads (Theme)
  • Fish Police (Theme)



  • Between Friends

  • A Piano for Mrs. Cimino

  • A Few Days in Weasel Creek

Short films

  • Norman and the Killer

  • Tummy Trouble


  • Let's Go

Concert works

  • "Conversations" (1976)
  • "Spectral Shimmers" (1977)
  • "A Forest Passage" (2000)

Miscellaneous works

Awards and Nominations

Horner has received 11 Academy Award nominations, 9 times for Best Original Music Score, and twice for Best Original Song. Out of these nominations, Horner has won two Oscars, for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic.

Horner has also received five Golden Globe nominations, all in the category of Best Original Score, winning one, for Titanic, as well as seven Grammy Award nominations, winning for Glory (Best Score), An American Tail, and Titanic, the latter two being in the category of Best Song.

Academy Award
  • 2004: House Of Sand And Fog (best original score)
  • 2002: A Beautiful Mind (best original score)
  • 1998: Titanic (best original drama score, Winner)
  • 1998: "My Heart Will Go On" (from: Titanic, best original song, Winner)
  • 1996: Braveheart (best original drama score)
  • 1996: Apollo 13 (best original drama score)
  • 1990: Field of Dreams (best original score)
  • 1987: "Somewhere Out There" (from: An American Tail, best original song)
  • 1987: Aliens (best original score)

Golden Globe
  • 2002: A Beautiful Mind (best original score)
  • 1998: Titanic (best original score, Winner)
  • 1998: "My Heart Will Go On" (from: Titanic, best original song, Winner)
  • 1996: Braveheart (best original score)
  • 1995: Legends of the Fall (best original score)
  • 1992: "Dreams To Dream" (from: An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, best original song)
  • 1990: Glory (best original score)
  • 1987: "Somewhere Out There" (from: An American Tail, best original song)

  • 2003: A Beautiful Mind
  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On" (from: Titanic, Winner)
  • 1996: "Whatever You Imagine" (from: The Pagemaster)
  • 1991: Glory (Winner)
  • 1990: Field of Dreams
  • 1988: "Somewhere Out There" (from: An American Tail, Winner)
  • 1988: An American Tail

Satellite Awards
  • 2004: The Missing
  • 2002: A Beautiful Mind
  • 2002: "All Love Can Be" (from: A Beautiful Mind, Winner)
  • 1998: Titanic (Winner)
  • 1998: "My Heart Will Go On" (from: Titanic, Winner)


  1. Harry Horner - Films as art director:, Films as director:
  2. Carrie Goldsmith, Deconstructing Dad: The Unfinished Life and Times of Jerry Goldsmith, Chapter 1, Jerry Goldsmith Online, 2 February 2004.
  4. MDM artist management - Clannad
  5. New mom Dion back with new album, Vegas deal
  9. "James Horner Criticism" at Encyclopedia II.
  10. Thomas Muething, "Wen immer es angeht" (To Whom It May Concern), in: Der Deutsche Film Musik-Dienst, Nr.30/1995 (in German)
  11. Alex Ross, "Oscar Scores", in The New Yorker, 9 March 1998.
  12. Lukas Kendall & Jeff Bond, "Letters about James Horner's Titanic," in Film Score Monthly, 1997.

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