So very sad to report the tragic passing of Master Composer James Horner, who was killed in a single engine plane crash in California.
Known for many iconic scores of Hollywood films, Trek fans remember and admire his seafaring, strong and touching score for Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan, and its follow up themes in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
The theme for Kirk and Spock is particularly poignant, (especially when Spock dies) and now sounds all the more sad knowing that we’ll never have another score by Mr. Horner.
James explains the score of Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan here, and the themes of Khan, the Enterprise, and the bond between Kirk and Spock:
Mr. Horner also composed soaring themes for so many memorable movies, among them Titanic, Avatar, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Glory, and countless others.
The movies have lost a great maestro. I add my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May the magnificence of his music bring you comfort at this sad time. I invite you take a little time today and listen to the work and empathy that are so magical here. Here are several of his memorable soundtracks:
Kaliedescope of Mathmatics from A Beautiful Mind totally sounds like my butterfly brain: https://youtu.be/mZI3VWSu0nM
The beautiful theme to Cocoon https://youtu.be/AmpLx6UcynY
The soaring theme to Glory (hearing this now makes me very sad)
Rest in Peace, Mr. Horner. Your music belongs to the ages.