Many times when I have enjoyed immensely the score of a motion picture I have watched the credits to confirm that the composer was none other than James Horner. I consider him the best classical motion picture score composer of all time. I was shocked and deeply saddened this just minutes ago while watching CBS This Morning to learn of his death in a plane crash near Santa Barbara yesterday.
Horner, a humble genius, composed the sound tracks for so many great films over the past three decades that I can’t begin to mention them all. He won two Oscars for his efforts. Among them were A Field of Dreams, Brave Heart, Apollo 13, Aliens, A Beautiful Minds, the Star Trek movies, and what I consider his crowning achievement, Titanic, even co-writing the Celine Dion smash hit, My Heart Will Go On. The Titanic soundtrack was the best selling of all time–27 million copies sold worldwide!
James Horner was the greatest! He will be sorely missed, not only in Hollywood, but by millions who loved his music around the world.