Composer James Horner

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 8, 2001

One of my favorite CDs of all time is the soundtrack to Titanic, scored by James Horner. What other soundtracks has he done, and how does he manage to do it so well?
—Leah W., Indiana

Besides Titanic, which sold more than 28 million copies and is the biggest-selling film score album in history, James Horner has written scores for numerous films, such as Casper, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, Sneakers, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Land Before Time, Cocoon, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, Aliens, and The Perfect Storm. "Films speak to me right away," he says. "The atmosphere, the overall mood dictates the kind of orchestra I will use. Watching a film the first few times, I make a charcoal sketch; later I put the colors in."