Zimmer ~ Composer ABCs

You know this work of this composer – Hans Zimmer. Maybe you don’t know his name but if you have seen any number of movies since the 1980s, you’ve heard his work.

Zimmer is well known for his combination of electronic sound with traditional orchestral music. It is so well accepted that he has scored over 150 movies. These include The Lion KingCrimson TideGladiator, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Dark Knight TrilogyInceptionInterstellarDunkirk, and Blade Runner 2049.

Hans Zimmer is a German-born composer. He was born in 1957 in Frankfurt. According to Zimmer, “My formal training was two weeks of piano lessons. I was thrown out of eight schools. But I joined a band. I am self-taught. But I’ve always heard music in my head. And I’m a child of the 20th century; computers came in very handy.” [Zimmer, Hans (11 June 2013). “I am Hans Zimmer – Ask Me Anything!”. RedditArchived from the original on 4 November 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2017.] While a teenager, Zimmer moved to London and spent a good deal of time working with bands of different types and styles.

Zimmer moved to the United States where his success sky rocketed. His “break” was being asked to score Rain Man, which he did masterfully. From there, he went on to score a large body of work. His work in Hollywood and on Broadway is just phenomenal. It is next to impossible to note all of the productions he has worked on and all of the recognitions he has garnered. You can see his discography on the Hans Zimmer website.

You can read a good bit more on Hans Zimmer on the iMDb biography or Wickipedia. I have not found a really solid website for a biography for him apart from these two. There are a lot of interesting stories on Zimmer, including one about him adding a chainsaw to a piano for effect. True or not? Guess it depends on how much you trust Wickipedia. 🙂

Regardless, this composer, who just happens to be the head of music at Dreamworks (my girls love their work!), has a lot to offer the music work and has left a legacy of movie music that will always be admired. Add to that the work he did on experimental sound and adding different bits to instruments and you have a composer whose music will live on for quite a long time.

I hope you have enjoyed this series on composers and that you have found some new music to listen to. Perhaps it even challenged you to break into something you would never have tried otherwise. My husband’s mantra about new-to-you music is that you have to listen to it all the way through 3 or 4 times before you truly know whether you enjoy it or not. It is a good thing to consider with anything new, right?

Thank you for joining me on this musical journey.

Lori, At Home.

Composer ABCs in this series:
A – Leroy Anderson
B – Bernstein, Bizet, Bax
C – Copland
D – Debussy and de Meij
E – Elgar
F – Fauré
G – Grainger and Ginastera
H – Holst
I – Ives
J – Joplin and Janacek
K – Kern
L – Liszt
M – Mussorgsky
N – Nelson
O – Offenbach
P – Palestrina and Prokofiev
Q – Quilter
R – Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Ravel
S – Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Still, Smetana, Sibelius
T – Tavener & Tchaikovsky
U – Ustvolskaya
V – Vaughan Williams and Villa-Lobos
W – Whitacre & Willson
X – Xenakis
Y – Yoshimatsu

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