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Hans Zimmer

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership with film composer Stanley Myers, and together they founded the London-based Lillie Yard recording studio. Zimmer and Myers' movie work of the period, which included material for pictures including Moonlighting, Success Is the Best Revenge, Insignificance, and the acclaimed My Beautiful Laundrette, made significant strides in fusing the traditional orchestral aesthetic of film composition with state-of-the-art electronics, and proved highly influential on countless soundtracks to follow.

In 1986 Zimmer joined David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto on their Oscar-winning score to The Last Emperor; his work on the apartheid drama A World Apart was his first major solo credit, and led to his Academy Award-nominated score for 1988's Best Picture-winning smash Rain Man. The following year Zimmer again composed the soundtrack for a Best Picture winner, this time Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy; a remarkably prolific writer, by the time the '90s dawned his music was a Hollywood staple, with a list of hits including Black Rain, Backdraft, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, and Days of Thunder. Zimmer scored his biggest commercial hit in 1994 with his work on Disney's The Lion King; the film's soundtrack garnered countless awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys. Later adapted for the Broadway stage, The Lion King took home the 1998 Tony for Best Musical as well.

In 1995, Zimmer also earned a Grammy for his work on Crimson Tide, which was honored as Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. Another Academy Award nomination followed for 1996's The Preacher's Wife; that same year, he earned BMI's prestigious Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement. Zimmer earned another Oscar nomination for his work on the James L. Brooks comedy As Good as It Gets in 1997, repeating the feat for the third consecutive year in 1998 with his score for the Terrence Malick masterpiece The Thin Red Line. His contributions to The Prince of Egypt also earned a Golden Globe bid earlier that same year.

The 2000s marked an auspicious time in the composer's career, as he continued scoring the biggest A-list films of the season, averaging two or three blockbusters a year, including Hannibal, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and The Da Vinci Code. In 2007, Silva Screen Records released Film Music of Hans Zimmer, a double-disc set highlighting his achievements as a movie music-maker. Later in 2007, he reworked Alf Clausen's zany Simpsons theme into a traditional symphonic film score on The Simpsons Movie. As the 2000s came to a close and the 2010s began, Zimmer's name remained synonymous with blockbusters as he scored later installments in the Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman franchises, including 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. His score to Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music and Original Score, and also earned a Saturn from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Music. Devastated by the Aurora, Colorado shootings in 2012, Zimmer composed a choral arrangement of the Dark Knight Rises theme, simply entitled "Aurora," to help raise money for the victims of the tragedy.

In 2014 Zimmer released the score for The Amazing Spider Man 2, which was issued under the moniker Hans Zimmer & the Magnificent Six and featured contributions from Johnny Marr (the Smiths), Junkie XL, Michael Einziger (Incubus), Andrew Kawczynski, Pharrell Williams, and Steve Mazzaro. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Track List: Film Music Of Hans Zimmer

Disc 1
Composer: Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrard
Title: Gladiator, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Thin Red Line, Film Score
Title: Thelma & Louise, Film Score
Title: The Da Vinci Code, Film Score
Title: Rain Man, Film Score
Title: Days Of Thunder, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Title: Pearl Harbor, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Last Samurai, Film Score
Disc 2
Title: Crimson Tide, Film Score
Title: Green Card, Film Score
Title: Regarding Henry, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer / James Newton Howard
Title: Batman Begins, Film Score
Composer: Patrick Cassidy
Title: Vide Cor Meum, Aria (for The Film Hannibal)
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: True Romance, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Title: Driving Miss Daisy, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Rock, Film Score
Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Film Score
Composer: Klaus Badelt
Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, Film Score
Composer: Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrard
Title: Gladiator, Film Score
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Track List: Aurora (Single)

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Love all the Pirates of the Caribbean they are my favorite movies
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rosette_bari a s
what , i dare you, hahahahahaha h .
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I love pirates keep it up it is amazing
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casado_h
un saludo desde puerto rico hans zimmer eres el mejor
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jillybeansma c n a b
but Hans Zimmer is good i have to say
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jillybeansma c n a b
i like David Garret better you should listen to he's a pirate by David Garret it is the best if you do ballet or something like that
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I honestly cannot think of a song that Hans Zimmer has written that I don't like!!! I hope he continues to write forever because we need musicians like him. He amazes me....
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I LOVE this thing!!!!!!
(I mean it!!!!)
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Hey, I heard that there might be another Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out. Does anyone know if that's true? Love Hans Zimmer by the way!
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This guy has composed for literally everything. Love his music as well.
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Hans Zimmer is such a great composer and his music is so inspirationa l
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His station is great for homework. :p
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Love this track! gives great motivation while working on homework or essays! Very cool!
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johnsmoses
Really nice
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Why doesn't this track have no time for caution? That was the best part!
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Yeah where's the lone ranger? That one was epic! The movie wasn't the greatest though
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Zimmer was totally robbed at the '15 Academy Awards... absolute genius composition.
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Hans Zimmer is a genius ��
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cluker18
I am not going to listen to you
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Pandora should add the Sons of Liberty soundtrack. That was pretty great.
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Hans Zimmer is by far the best soundtrack composer I've ever heard
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rkschwem
The soundtrack is so good
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rkschwem
DAT INTERSTELLER SKIL DO
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Arghh im a pirate too
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smrtazzchik
Love the song he's a pirate!!
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cgavala37012 2 5
His "Spirit" soundtrack is GORGOUS
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IMHO, the most haunting score he's written is Hannibal...e s p when Perkins starts reading his letter to Clarice. *Chills*
His best? Pirates of the Caribbean, At Worlds End and Lion King
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I love this song!!!!
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telebee
Hans Zimmer, how do you make just masterful pieces? (How he should respond) Because I'm Batman!!!!.. . ' s composer...
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My favorite work is the interstellar soundtrack.
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aishwaryapul l a m b i l
Awesome scores!
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MW2 MAN
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Don't forget Armageddon
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isaacsassa
Love it
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pizza!
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One of the greatest composers of our time (up there with John Williams), and his music is never generic sounding. If you don't have Hans Zimmer radio, make it happen
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@StarCar II he wrote the inception score lol
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brian.j.huff m a n 8
The best complement I've ever heard about Hans Zimmer was from my daughter when she was little. After seeing The Pirates of the Caribbean I asked her how she liked the music and she said, What music? The music fit the movie so well that it disappeared. A great score.
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i like The Da Vinci Code, Film Score
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Yup yup ...cool ...who r u ? The. Bat guy ????
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cool sound!
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cool sound!
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Try this similar artist: http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / h u g o - v a z q u e z
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I love Pirates and also The Last Samurai Score's both give me chills sometimes
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Pirates of the Caribbean, amazing.
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kleeh63
I LOVE Hans Zimmer! I have to say that his Pirates of the Caribbean work is my favorite.
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jawapaw
I absolutely love Hans Zimmer's work but doesn't this sound oddly similar to the Inception score? Anyone?
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mikhail4099
Listen to Russian Orthodox choirs singing the Greek liturgy, vespers, liturgies and holy days...you will hear what Zimmer did, and realize that Zimmer was touched by the same devotional music that brings people to repentance before God, seeking forgiveness. Unfortunatel y it is used for a story written to inculcate doubt in higher power and highest intelligence behind the Cosmos.
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