Composer James Horner, One of the Cinema Greats, Dies in Plane Crash

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A musician who contributed to a good chunk of our childhood and adulthood passed away yesterday. James Horner died when the small plane he was piloting crashed in California.horner

Horner scored some of the greatest and most beloved films of our time. If you ever watched A Land Before Time, it was his stirring score that added that extra dose of tears when Littlefoot loses his mother. For An American Tail, Horner brought the stirring sounds of hope and dreams for Fivel’s family alive. And of course, who can forget his contributions to the Titanic soundtrack, plus Aliens (which he did in FIVE DAYS), Braveheart, Avatar and so many more. One of my personal favorites is the Balto soundtrack, a CD that was quite hard to get a hold of in the early days of Ebay.

In high school, I was in marching band and (badly) played the flute. Although my musical skill wasn’t up to par, I developed a big appreciation for film scores and started collecting them. Many of my favorites were Horner’s work.

Horner’s work was spread throughout big office blockbusters, children’s movies, and quiet motion pictures. He received 2 Oscars for his work, and was nominated 8 times. His other awards included 2 Golden Globes, 3 Saturn Awards, and a Max Steiner Award.

Here’s a 30 minute piano tribute to some of his work spanning 1980 to 2011.

Rest in peace, sir.

Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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