Longtime film composer James Horner was killed yesterday in Ventura county when his small plane crashed. Horner composed music for dozens of films and television programs, but he is most famous for his Oscar-winning work on Titanic.
I’m not a fan of “My Heart Will Go On,” but I was pleased to discover that Horner scored one of my favorite movies, Searching for Bobby Fischer. If you’ve never seen it, do so soon; it’s charming and sweet with a great cast. The music isn’t the most wonderful I’ve ever heard, but it was so appropriate for this lovely family drama.
I think that was Horner’s greatest talent: fitting the music to the film. It didn’t stand out because it wasn’t supposed to; the score of a film should work seamlessly with the story, action, and performances. For that alone, Horner will be greatly missed.