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James Horner composed the film scores of our dreams

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James Horner may have been the most important film composer not named John Williams to work in the movie industry. He scored music for more than 100 movies, won two Academy Awards, and through his music, provided the emotional context for some of the most beloved films of our time. It’s rare that movie viewers even notice the music that plays under the scenes that they’re watching (Williams’ duuuh-dum! that accompanies the shark in Jaws might be one of the best examples of a film score stepping to the forefront). Horner, however, was a master of striking just the right note in the emotional accompaniment to the action on screen. “You have to make an audience connect to [the film]…

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