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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. Early the next year, he learned he'd been nominated for another Academy Award, this time for his work on Christopher Nolan's sci-fi hit Interstellar. Among other franchise entries, he went on to provide music for 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was co-scored with Junkie XL. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Dark Knight Rises (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score

1. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: A Storm Is Coming

2. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: On Thin Ice

3. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Gotham's Reckoning

4. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Mind If I Cut In?

5. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Underground Army

6. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Born In Darkness

7. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: The Fire Rises

8. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Nothing Out There

9. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Despair

10. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Fear Will Find You

11. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Why Do We Fall?

12. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Death By Exile

13. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Imagine The Fire

14. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Necessary Evil

15. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: Rise

17. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: The Shadows Betray You

18. The Dark Knight Rises, Film Score: The End

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

Title: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score

1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: I. See Everything

5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: It's So Overt It's Covert

6. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: Romanian Wind

7. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: Did You Kill My Wife?

8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: He's All Me Me Me

9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: The Mycroft Suite

14. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: The Red Book

15. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: Moral Insanity

16. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: Memories Of Sherlock

17. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Film Score: The End?

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Track List: Film Music Of Hans Zimmer

Disc 1
Composer: Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrard
Title: Gladiator, Film Score

1. Gladiator, Film Score: Suite

2. Gladiator, Film Score: Now We Are Free (Vocal Version)

Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Thin Red Line, Film Score

3. The Thin Red Line, Film Score: The Village

Title: Thelma & Louise, Film Score

4. Thelma & Louise, Film Score: Main Title

Title: The Da Vinci Code, Film Score

5. The Da Vinci Code, Film Score: Chevaliers De Sangreal

6. The Da Vinci Code, Film Score: Kyrie For The Magdalene

Title: Rain Man, Film Score

7. Rain Man, Film Score: Las Vegas

8. Rain Man, Film Score: Main Theme

Title: Days Of Thunder, Film Score

9. Days Of Thunder, Film Score: Main Title

Composer: Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Title: Pearl Harbor, Film Score

10. Pearl Harbor, Film Score: Heart Of A Volunteer

Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Last Samurai, Film Score

11. The Last Samurai, Film Score: Suite

Disc 2
Title: Crimson Tide, Film Score

1. Crimson Tide, Film Score: Roll Tide

2. Crimson Tide, Film Score: Eternal Father, Strong To Save (Navy Hymn Or Melita)

Title: Green Card, Film Score

3. Green Card, Film Score: Restless Elephants

Title: Regarding Henry, Film Score

4. Regarding Henry, Film Score: Walking Talking Man

Composer: Hans Zimmer / James Newton Howard
Title: Batman Begins, Film Score

5. Batman Begins, Film Score: Eptesicus

Composer: Patrick Cassidy
Title: Vide Cor Meum, Aria (for The Film Hannibal)

6. Vide Cor Meum, Aria (for The Film Hannibal): Vide Cor Meum

Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: True Romance, Film Score

7. True Romance, Film Score: You're So Cool

Composer: Hans Zimmer (Composer)
Title: Driving Miss Daisy, Film Score

8. Driving Miss Daisy, Film Score: End Title

Composer: Hans Zimmer
Title: The Rock, Film Score

9. The Rock, Film Score: Main Theme

Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Film Score

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Film Score: The Kraken

Composer: Klaus Badelt
Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, Film Score

11. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl, Film Score: Symphonic Suite

Composer: Hans Zimmer / Lisa Gerrard
Title: Gladiator, Film Score

12. Gladiator, Film Score: Now We Are Free (Instrumental Version)

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Track List: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score

1. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Hoist The Colours

2. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Singapore

3. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: At Wit's End

4. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Multiple Jacks

5. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Up Is Down

6. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: I See Dead People In Boats

7. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: The Brethren Court

8. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Parlay

9. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Calypso

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: What Shall We Die For

12. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: One Day

13. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, Film Score: Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho

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Track List: King Arthur (Original Score)

Title: Tell Me Now (What You See) (composed With Moya Brennan For The Film King Arthur)
Title: King Arthur, Film Score

3. King Arthur, Film Score: Do You Think I'm Saxon?

4. King Arthur, Film Score: Hold The Ice

5. King Arthur, Film Score: Another Brick In Hadrian's Wall

6. King Arthur, Film Score: Budget Meeting

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Track List: Aurora (Single)

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Track List: Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deluxe Digital Version)

1. Dreaming Of The Crash

2. Cornfield Chase

3. Dust

4. Day One

5. Stay

6. Message From Home

7. The Wormhole

8. Mountains

9. Afraid Of Time

10. A Place Among The Stars

11. Running Out

12. I'm Going Home

13. Coward

14. Detach

15. S.T.A.Y.

16. Where We're Going

17. First Step

18. Flying Drone

19. Atmospheric Entry

20. No Need To Come Back

21. Imperfect Lock

22. What Happens Now?

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Hans Zimmer is a mastermind! All of his work is fantastic! On a side note, Interstellar is one of the greatest.... a n d I mean GREATEST movies of all time. It really brings harsh reality to issues our planet WILL face. May not happen the same way, but the underlying facts are, we can't stay here on earth forever.
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desai.vanshi k a
this the kind of music that makes u feel some type of way
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excellent

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Seen interstellar and loved the music so much I searched for in on Pandora. Rest is history. Didn't know this composer has earned so much recognition!
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thesisselfam i l y
I love the interstellar and man of steal music. There one of my favorite to listen to on car rides.
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Hey everyone, If you are a John Powell fan (Composer of How to train your dragon), you should join my band of soldiers. We call ourselves the Powell Dragons. I'm trying to gather an army.
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gaby.malo
Love this composer!
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apneia
I love how Garrett made was He's a pirate.
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Lol
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POTC is my fav!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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My favorite scores he has done are Interstellar and Man of Steel (squeals). xD
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I like the musical scores. My only comment is why is it on John Michael Talbot Radio which is basically a Christian station.
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love anything Pirates of the Caribbean!
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I am loving his music - it touches my soul. Just breathtaking .
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Stupendous composer. So many sounds and themes it's Hans Zimmer is very much one of the greatest composers of all time. The melodies and mix of classic instruments and synthesized music is truly epic and I for one have basked in adoration of Hans's music.

Please Hans, never quit! So many in the world appreciate your music and the movies wouldn't be the same without you. Cheers mate.
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cool
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Didn't he make music for Black Hawk Down
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I love the music but I've never seen the movie. Maybe I should.
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hiros.jennif e r 6 0 6
LOVE THIS WILD WEST SONG
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So true :-):/):-):--
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This movie took years to create cause they had to draw the horses and people.The movie came out or started to make in 1992.This is true cause my sister has the movie and it said so on the back of it.:-)
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I absolutely love his music! I love writing my books while listing to this.
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Absolutely awe inspiring, Hans Zimmer takes music beyond the film and recordings. I will always enjoying listening to his work.
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This is awesome
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all of his music is so amazing and awe inspiring, especially inception and the dark knight trilogy, but interstellar ' s score just makes sure i never forget the sadness of that movie.
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hans zimmer's music is so awe inspiring, but his score for interstellar just makes me so sad because it just fits with the sadness of the movie and it reminds you of the sadness so much. its still amazing though.
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kdipeppino
Hey houseofyello w , I total agrees with you.
GO HTTYD!!!!!!! ! ! (I still like hans zimmer still)
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kdipeppino
I love the song 'run free from the movie: spirit, stallion of the cimarron!
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I mean have you guys listened to this?! It's amazing and awe inspiring. Imagine if they put this on one or both of the voyager probes. Think about it, a man made machine millions of light years away quietly playing this music while it drifts off the solar system. -_-
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Hans Zimmer is the greatest composer of this generation.
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some of my favorite music is from interstellar , it is beautiful music that expresses so many feelings in one song
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Dude, Hans Zimmer is so freaking awesome. He's me second favorite composer ever (second to John Williams).
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All hail the king John Powell
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All hail the king, Hans Zimmer.
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joe.theshow. m a y o
Interstellar Soundtrack is on a different level than all compositions of my generation.
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Pirates if The Carribean 5 will be called dead men tell no tales and should come out between 2016-2017 and HansZimmer will compose The music.
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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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Really nice
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