Horner was something special though. His music was rich and passionate, engaging with the orchestra to create a sound that was highly emotional and quietly melancholic. He was the first composer I remember knowing by name, even before John Williams, and the sound of his music would always send a thrill up my spine. My understanding of the way music can be used in film, and my deep personal love for both the art form and film scores, were founded by listening to Horner’s music. Because of this, I wanted to take a moment to honour the musical genius of this great artist, and acknowledge my favourite scores in his extraordinary body of work.
Must Listen: ‘Queen to Bishop’
Must Listen: ‘The Great Migration’ and ‘End Credits’
Must Listen: ‘Take Her To Sea, Mr Murdoch’ and ‘An Ocean of Memories’
Must Listen: ‘A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics’
Must Listen: ‘The New World’
As someone who grew up thinking of James Horner with immense reverence, to know I’ll never hear a new score written by him is deeply upsetting. Composers like Horner are among my creative heroes, figures whose work I turn to for inspiration and creative guidance. The film world has lost a great artist, who leaves behind an extraordinary body of work. Without him, we couldn’t fight horrific aliens or find the great valley or battle the vicious monsters in our kingdoms or in our heads or stand on the bow of a ship with our arms stretched, gazing at the sunset. Thank you for giving us that, James Horner. Cinema has been made all the better thanks to you.