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One of the hundred living musical geniuses”. This is how the British newspaper “Daily Telegraph” defines the composer Hans Zimmer. He is behind the music of more than 100 film productions, has several “Grammy” and “Oscar” awards, and it is no coincidence that he is considered one of the most remarkable modern film composers And very soon we will be hearing his music again in a film, namely Gareth Edwards’ The Creator.
Hans Zimmer was born in 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany, but moved to London as a teenager. He started taking piano lessons as a child, but he was not the most disciplined student and the lessons lasted only two weeks.
“My formal training lasted two weeks. I was rejected from eight schools, but I started playing in a band. I’m self-taught, but I always had music in my head,” says Zimmer.
His mother is musical and largely provoked his love for music. The legendary composer Ennio Morricone was the other person who inspired him to take up music. Zimmer calls it “an icon” and “one of a kind.”
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The composer’s musical career began as a keyboardist and synthesizer in bands such as Ultravox and The Buggles. He also created advertising jingles for the company Air-Edel Associates. In the 1980s, he met the film composer Stanley Myers, with whom he co-founded the Lillie Yard studio in London. There they take the first steps towards the fusion of orchestral and electronic music. The first soundtrack that Zimmer composed himself was in 1987 for the film Terminal Exposure by Nico Mastorakis.
Zimmer’s big break came in 1988 with Barry Levinson’s Rainman. The film won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Zimmer himself was also nominated for the prestigious award, but did not win it. However, he has been noticed by a number of great directors. The invitation from Ridley Scott, who chose him to create the music for the film “Thelma and Louise”, was not too late either.
Zimmer’s first Oscar came in 1995 for the score to The Lion King, which was also the composer’s first animated film. He wants to go to Africa to record parts of the future soundtrack, but is unable to because it turns out there is a record there for him for “making subversive music”. Although he didn’t get to travel there, Zimmer created one of the most memorable soundtracks. For him, in addition to the “Oscar”, he also won a “Golden Globe” and two “Grammy” awards. In 1977, the score to The Lion King was adapted into a Broadway musical, which is still the highest-grossing.
A few years later, Zimmer gave his first film music concert together with orchestra and choir at a festival in Ghent.
After the remarkable success of The Lion King, Hans Zimmer was hired to create the music for some of the greatest films, including The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hannibal, and more. He also worked with Christopher Nolan, for whom he created the scores for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, Genesis and Interstellar. Zimmer is also behind the score for 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, for which he buys a piano for $200, which he uses throughout the trial because of “its weirdness.”
Recent films for which Zimmer has composed music include Death Can Wait and Dune. The soundtrack to the film by Denis Villeneuve brought him the second Oscar. Although he has won many accolades, Zimmer prefers not to talk about them. He did not even attend the ceremony when he won his second Oscar, because he believes that these awards have long ceased to appreciate art, but have become a show where everyone goes to show off their brilliance. He even admits that he keeps his figurines in the closet so that no one can see them.
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Very soon, the next film, the music of which he composed, will appear in cinemas. It’s Gareth Edwards’ The Maker, which opens on September 29. If you want to be the first to enjoy Edwards’ film and hear Zimmer’s music, you can join the cinema game that “Dnevnik” organizes together with “Forum Film Bulgaria”. You can do it here.