James Roy Horner Research Paper

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James Roy Horner is Las Angeles native, born on August 14th,1953. James Horner started playing piano at the age of five. At a young age, James studied in London, where he attended the Royal College of Music. He returned to America, where he attended Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, and later received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California. After he earned a master's degree, he started work on his doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles where he would later complete his Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory. In the 1970s James had several small scoring assignments with the American Film Institute. It wasn’t until 1982 when James got his first high profile assignment, he scored Star Trek II: The…show more content…
That year he also won an award for his song “Somewhere Out There” from the animated movie American Tail. Soon thereafter in 1989, Horner won a second Oscar nomination for the score he produced for Field of Dreams, interestingly that same year he won another Grammy for his contributions on the dramatic civil war movie Glory. 1995 was a very productive year as well, winning two more Academy Award nominations for Apollo 13 and Braveheart. It wasn’t until 1997 for Horner to hit the big payday though. Horner won two Oscars for his score and song “My Heart Will Go On”, premiering in the record-breaking blockbuster Titanic that starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Interestingly, Horner made $800,000 for Titanic (plus $1.2$ per soundtrack CD sold). Horner was still productive through 2000’s, though his success wasn’t nearly as prolific as the 90’s. Earning himself another three Oscar nominations, Avatar’s (2009) success was almost comparable to Titanic. Another for House of Sand and Fog (2003) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). Horner continued to see more success into the 21st century. Writing the theme song for CBS’s evening news program, heard by millions of Americans

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