James Horner, one of the best known and most respected composers in cinema history, has died, aged 61. He leaves behind him a musical legacy that helped to define an era.
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James Horner was born in Los Angeles, California in 1953. His father, Harry Horner, was an Oscar winning art director and set designer who had won the coveted awards for his work on 1949âs âThe Heiressâ and 1961âs âThe Hustlerâ, respectively. James learned to play the piano at age 5 and went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London, before studying music at the University of Southern California and doing postgraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles.
His early successes included the movies â48 Hoursâ (1982), âCocoonâ (1985), â*Batteries Not Includedâ (1987) and âAn American Tailâ (1986) â which earned him an early Oscar nomination.
From there, Horner became one of Hollywoodâs most in-demand composers, scoring âWillowâ (1988), âHoney, I Shrunk The Kidsâ (1989), âThe Rocketeerâ (1991), âRansomâ (1996) and âMighty Joe Youngâ (1998), amongst (many) others.
On the 22nd June it was reported that one of Hornerâs private planes had crashed into the Los Padres National Forest near Ventucopa, California. He was the sole occupant of the craft when it crashed. Our best wishes and sincerest condolences go out to Hornerâs family, friends and fans. He shall be missed.