Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Tragic news for movie and music fans alike, as Oscar-winning composer James Horner has died. His personal assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed the sad news yesterday (Monday the 22nd of June) on Facebook. He died as the result of a plane crash in Santa Barbara County, and it is known that the 61-year-old was piloting the small private plane. Horner was one of few composers who could have claimed to be a household name - having started his career with high-profile titles such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Krull in the early 1980s, he continued to write the music for some of the most well-known films in the world over the following few decades. His most popular scores include Aliens, Glory, Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Apollo 13, Jumanji, The Mask of Zorro, A Beautiful Mind and The Amazing Spider-Man, and the two highest-grossing films of all time, Titanic and Avatar, for which he had been rumoured to return to write the scores for the upcoming sequels. A personal favourite James Horner score for me is his work on Terrence Malick's The New World. Audiences can look forward to hearing his music for other yet-to-be-released films Wolf Totem, Southpaw and The 33. Alongside winning two Oscars for Titanic, the acclaimed composer also won two Golden Globes, five Grammys, an International Film Music Critics award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association award. His loss will be felt around the world, from those who made his score for Titanic the best-selling orchestral soundtrack of all time, to those who appreciated his work on any of the 100+ films he contributed to. Thoughts go out from Screen On Screen to James' family and friends.