Legendary composer John Barry dies, aged 77
|NEWS - MOVIE NEWS|
1933 - 2011
One of movies' greatest musical contributors, composer John Barry, died yesterday in New York of a heart attack at the age of 77. Barry was best-known for his involvement in the 007 franchise, writing the music for Bond themes such as Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Goldfinger (1964), but had a rich and varied musical career that took in Dances With Wolves (1990), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Disney's 1979 sci-fi outing The Black Hole (a particularly swooping and memorable theme).
Looking back from the current age of atmosphere-driven composers such as Hans Zimmer, Barry was part of the 'melody-oriented' elite of movie composers, winning five Oscars throughout an outstanding career.
Those who most identify Barry with the elaborate orchestrations of the James Bond projects can still hear his distinctive sense of drama and scale in other work with similarly grand themes, and any 007 fan can surely distinguish the background horns that Barry loved so much in these opening credits for The Black Hole...
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