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The movie music of James Horner

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Bob Effette, May 10, 2020.

  1. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    What are your thoughts on the music of the late James Horner, composer of scores from movies such as Aliens, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Braveheart, Titanic, Avatar and Apollo 13.

    I think some of his scores are outstandingly good, and I rate him as much as I do John Williams. It is such a tragedy he won't be around to score long time collaborator James Cameron's Avatar sequels.

    I was listening to the score from one of his early efforts, Roger Corman's "Battle Beyond the Stars" , and whilst that movie is B-movie hokum, Horner's music is fantastic.

     
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  2. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    You named the great ones for sure. Star Trek aside, the first major Horner score I got into was Braveheart. I love his Zorro scores. His most underrated score that I love is Deep Impact. Losing him was a huge loss.
     
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  3. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    The Rocketeer is probably my favorite Horner. Certainly the one I've listened to the most times; is it possible to wear out a CD? I like to think he was listening to it, at least in his head, when he crashed his plane. :(
     
  4. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Krull is another good one.
     
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  5. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Oh man I've never seen the Rocketeer film, nor heard the score. I have this thing where I don't listen to scores for films I've not seen. Because of that I recently made a list of great scores for which I've never seen the films. I am adding the Rocketeer!
     
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  6. Guidman

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    I think Glory is his absolute best work, especially how he incorporated the Harlem Boys Choir in it. Preparations for Battle and Charging Fort Wagner are two amazing standouts.
     
  7. StarYogi

    StarYogi Jedi Master star 2

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    Great film.
     
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  8. StarYogi

    StarYogi Jedi Master star 2

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    I loved all those 90's era remakes of classic 1930's comics and serials. The Rocketeer, The Phantom, Dick Tracy, etc.
     
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  9. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Glory is a very good film and score.
     
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  10. castin

    castin Jedi Grand Master star 1

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    A lot of the greats have been mentioned, but I also notice he scored a lot of children's/family films and respect that he didn't water these down or cheapen them thinking they were for kids and kids don't know any better. An American Tail has some absolutely beautiful work, and Casper has a piano-driven theme that tears your heart out of your chest.
     
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    someoneinpassing Jedi Knight star 2

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    One of his lesser known scores is Man Without A Face. Beautiful, soft main theme. As another post mentioned, Casper is another favorite of mine, with an achingly melancholy theme.
     
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  12. someoneinpassing

    someoneinpassing Jedi Knight star 2

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    And of course, Legends of the Fall. My goodness, what beautiful music.

    If you like Horner, also check out Rachel Portman. She has some really nice stuff, especially the Cider House Rules main theme.
     
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  13. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 9

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    Field of Dreams was a great Horner score. Clear and Present Danger is a nice score too. And of course Aliens.
     
  14. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    He would recycle a lot of his stuff. This same piece of music is used at the end of Aliens and at the end of Die Hard.

     
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  15. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    But didn't Michael Kamen do Die Hard?
     
  16. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    He did I think, but this piece appears at the end in both (?)
     
  17. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 9

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    I know there's a slow piece in Patriot Games that sounds a lot like some Aliens music. When they are in the war room with the infrared.
     
  18. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    I just rewatched Krull for the first time since the 80's. The score is Horner composing in all-out Star Trek movie mode, good stuff. Easily the best part of the movie.
     
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    christophero30 Chosen One star 9

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    Wrath of Khan is an iconic score.
     
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  20. Strilo

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    I've actually been listening to a playlist of Horner scores on shuffle a lot lately. It's everything I have, minus Avatar (because I've listened to that one a TON and wanted to give others more time) and minus his two Star Trek scores (because I tend to listen to Star Trek all together as a thing). Thus the playlist is these scores:

    Apollo 13, Braveheart, Deep Impact, Titanic, Troy, The Perfect Storm, The Land Before Time, and both Zorro scores.

    Such good stuff. My all time favorite is probably Braveheart. I think Deep Impact is underrated. There are definitely Horner scores I need to see the films for so I can listen to the scores. I've heard Behind Enemy Lines is excellent.
     
  21. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 9

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    Aliens is mostly what I listen to at night. Mostly.
     
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  22. Sarge

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    @Strilo , have you heard the score for The Rocketeer? That's my favorite Horner.
     
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  23. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 9

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    The Rocketeer. Now that's a name I haven't heard in a long, long, time. :ben:
     
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  24. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I have not yet heard the Rocketeer, as I've not seen the film. I have this thing where I don't listen to scores until I see them in the film. But it's on my list. Seeing as I am in a Horner mood, I might start knocking some of these films off my watchlist so I can start exploring the scores!
     
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  25. Jediking97

    Jediking97 Jedi Knight star 1

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    Star Trek II is my favorite Horner score

    Another one that is underrated is Honey I Shrunk the Kids
     
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