Film Music Fridays: James Horner

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James Horner is an American film composer most famous for his scores to James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009) – the two highest grossing films of all time. Almost uniquely amongst other film composers, Horner is a great advocate of Celtic music and has written several film scores in this style; notably Braveheart and Titanic.

“I’m a fanatic about Irish music. I love its moody, modal and timeless quality. I’m different from some other composers, because I don’t look at this as just a job. I think of music as art.” 

(Source: http://www.filmtracks.com/composers/horner.shtml#quotes)

Despite the characteristic musical cliches that many film composers are guilty of, his ability to write some of the most emotional music in in film has brought phenomenal success. The following 20 Great Songs list are in no particular order and feature multiple entries from the big hitters like Avatar, Titanic, and Bicentennial Man, but also some of the lesser known earlier films like The Rocketeer (1991) and Glory (1989).

[If you’re logged into Spotify, scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full embed playlist].

Ten Song Taster

1) Climbing up “Iknimaya – The Path To Heaven” (from Avatar)

2) The Search For Another (from Bicentennial Man)

3) Zorro’s Theme (from The Mask of Zorro)

4) The Portrait (from Titanic)

5) The Gift Of Mortality (from Bicentennial Man)

6) To The Rescue/End Credits (from The Rocketeer)

7) End Credits (from Braveheart)

8) Dance (from Zorro)

9) The Ludlows (from Legends of the Fall)

10) Pandora (from Avatar)

Full Song List

  1. Climbing up “Iknimaya – The Path To Heaven” (from Avatar)
  2. The Search For Another (from Bicentennial Man)
  3. Zorro’s Theme (from The Mask Of Zorro)
  4. The Portrait (from Titanic)
  5. The Gift Of Mortality (from Bicentennial Man)
  6. Glory – End Credits (from Glory)
  7. To The Rescue / End Credits (from The Rocketeer)
  8. End Credits (from Braveheart)
  9. The Ludlows (from Legends of the Fall)
  10. Pandora (from Avatar)
  11. Rose (from Titanic)
  12. Emotions (from Bicentennial Man)
  13. Apollo 13 – Main Title (from Apollo 13)
  14. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan – End Credits (from Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan)
  15. Wearing Clothes For The First Time (from Bicentennial Man)
  16. A Gift of a Thistle (from Braveheart)
  17. Becoming one of “The People” Becoming one with Neytiri (from Avatar)
  18. Jake’s first flight (from Avatar)
  19. Diego’s Goodbye (from The Mask of Zorro)
  20. Unable To Stay, Unwilling To Leave (from Titanic)

Full Spotify Playlist Link: James Horner

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