"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory." - Oscar Wilde
Sadly, this week James Horner was killed in a plane crash. He was an amazingly gifted composer who provided soundtracks for movies as diverse as "Titanic" and "Fievel Goes West". I was acquainted with Horner's music before I knew his name, having watched "The Wrath of Khan" at a fairly young age (the swelling of the music when the Enterprise rises out of the nebula behind the Reliant still gets me every time). Then of course, in the school band I ended up playing several of his works, as movie themes are always crowd-pleasers. The list of movie scores he's responsible for is a lengthy one, including "Braveheart", "A Beautiful Mind", and "Glory". He composed the scores for two of my favourite movies- one of them being the previously-mentioned "Wrath of Khan" and also "Searching For Bobby Fischer". Below I'm going to post a track from each of those movies as a sample of Horner's work. He will be missed.