Music and filmmaking communities are mourning the death of Academy Award-winning composer, conductor, and orchestrator James Horner. Reports indicate that Horner was piloting a small aircraft that crashed near Santa Barbara on Monday, June 22, and he did not survive.
Horner, aged 61, had a long, acclaimed career dating back to his first major film project, The Lady in Red in 1979. Over the years, he often integrated Celtic instrumentation into his compositions, a hallmark that is notable in his Oscar-winning music for James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic (Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for Celine Dion’s hit “My Heart Will Go On”).
The son of Oscar-winning art director/set designer Harry Horner, James Horner also composed music for two Star Trek films, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Apollo 13 (1995), Braveheart (1995), Field of Dreams (1989), Aliens (1986), and many more beloved films.