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Hans Zimmer (1957-     )

Hans Zimmer, composerArguably the most commercially successful composer working today, Hans Zimmer originally harboured dreams to be a rock musician. After a short career scoring TV projects in his native country, Zimmer moved to England, and formed the Euro-pop group Buggles with producer Trevor Horn (Buggles had just one hit, the classic "Video Killed The Radio Star", famous for being the first video every played on MTV). Following the demise of Buggles, Zimmer was mentored by the late composer Stanley Myers, and worked with him on projects such Moonlighting (1982)My Beautiful Launderette (1985) and Paperhouse (1987). Zimmer made his solo break in 1988 when, shortly after moving to Hollywood, he was signed to score the Dustin Hoffman/Tom Cruise movie Rain Man. Zimmer received an Oscar nomination for his work, and never returned to Europe. Adopting a highly personal style, in which bolsters a bank of synthesisers with a powerful symphony orchestra, Zimmer has written successful scores such as Black Rain (1989)Driving Miss Daisy (1989)Thelma & Louise (1991), The Lion King (1994)Crimson Tide (1995)The Thin Red Line (1998)Gladiator (2000)The Da Vinci Code (2006), and two movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He is a seven-time Oscar nominee, winning the award in 1994 for the music he wrote for Disney's The Lion King. Ever trying to push boundaries, Zimmer is the head of up "Media Ventures" a one-stop film music shop for the movie industry, providing state-of-the-art technological services to studios, while at the same time nurturing prospective film music talent.
-  Movie Music UK

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Zimmer Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Zimmer on Zimmer
Moonlighting, film score (1982) [with Stanley Myers]
Histoire d'O: Chapitre 2, film score (1984) (with Stanley Myers)
Eureka, film score (1984) (with Stanley Myers)
Success Is the Best Revenge, film score (1984) (with Stanley Myers)
My Beautiful Laundrette, film score (1985) (with Stanley Myers)
Insignificance, film score (1985) (with Stanley Myers)
Separate Vacations, film score (1986) (with Stanley Myers)
The Lightship, film score (1986) (with Stanley Myers)
Castaway, film score (1986) (with Stanley Myers)
Terminal Exposure, film score (1987) (with Stanley Myers)
Going for Gold, TVscore (1987) - Opening and closing title themes
Burning Secret, film score (1988)
Rain Man, film score (1988) (Oscar Nomination)
Paperhouse, film score (1988) (with Stanley Myers)
Maniac City, film score (1988) (with Stanley Myers)
A World Apart, film score (1988)
First Born, film score (1988) (TV Movie)
Taffin, film score (1988) (with Stanley Myers)
The Nature of the Beast, film score (1988) (with Stanley Myers)
Spies Inc., film score (1988) (with Fiachra Trench)
The Fruit Machine, film score (1988)
Black Rain, film score (1989)
Driving Miss Daisy, film score (1989)
Twister, film score (1989)
Diamond Skulls, film score (1989)
New Music in Films, film score (1989)
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl, film score (1990) (with Shirley Walker)
Green Card, film score (1990)
Pacific Heights, film score (1990)
Fools of Fortune, film score (1990)
Days of Thunder, film score (1990)
Bird on a Wire, film score (1990)
Dark Obsession, film score (1990) (with Stanley Myers)
Thelma & Louise, film score (1991)
Regarding Henry, film score (1991)
Backdraft, film score (1991)
K2, film score (1991)
White Fang, film score (1991) (with Basil Poledouris)
Toys, film score (1992)
Radio Flyer, film score (1992)
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, film score (1992) (with Mark Mancina)
A League Of Their Own, film score (1992)
The Power of One, film score (1992)
Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World, film score (1992) (with Mark Mancina) - Main Theme
Younger and Younger, film score (1993)
The House of the Spirits, film score (1993)
True Romance, film score (1993)
Point of No Return, film score (1993)
Calendar Girl, film score (1993)
Cool Runnings, film score (1993) (with Nick Glennie-Smith)
Africa: The Serengeti, film score (1994)
Drop Zone, film score (1994)
Renaissance Man, film score (1994)
I'll Do Anything, film score (1994)
The Lion King, film score (1994) (Golden Globe & Oscar Winner)
The Critic, film score (1994)
Nine Months, film score (1995)
Beyond Rangoon, film score (1995)
Crimson Tide, film score (1995) (Grammy Winner)
Two Deaths, film score (1995)
Something to Talk About, film score (1995) (with Graham Preskett)
The Preacher's Wife, film score (1996) (Oscar Nomination)
The Fan, film score (1996)
Muppet Treasure Island, film score (1996)
The Whole Wide World, film score (1996) (with Harry Gregson-Williams)
The Rock, film score (1996) (with Nick Glennie-Smith and Harry Gregson-Williams)
Broken Arrow, film score (1996)
As Good As It Gets, film score (1997) (Oscar Nomination)
The Peacemaker, film score (1997)
Smilla's Sense of Snow, film score (1997) (with Harry Gregson-Williams)
The Thin Red Line, film score (1998) (Oscar Nomination)
The Prince of Egypt, film score (1998) (Golden Globe & Oscar Nomination)
The Last Days, film score (1998)
Chill Factor, film score (1999) (with John Powell)
An Everlasting Piece, film score (2000)
Mission: Impossible 2, film score (2000)
Gladiator, film score (2000) (with Lisa Gerrard) (Golden Globe Winner, Oscar Nomination)
The Road to El Dorado, film score (2000) (with John Powell)
Black Hawk Down, film score (2001)
Riding in Cars with Boys, film score (2001)
Pearl Harbor, film score (2001) (Golden Globe Nomination)
Hannibal, film score (2001)
Invincible, film score (2001) (with Klaus Badelt)
The Pledge, film score (2001) (with Klaus Badelt)
The Ring, film score (2002)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, film score (2002) (Golden Globe Nomination)
The Last Samurai, film score (2003) (Golden Globe Nomination)
Something's Gotta Give, film score (2003) (Last-minute replacement score, composed with several other composers)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, film score (2003) (uncredited, with Klaus Badelt et al.)
Matchstick Men, film score (2003)
Tears of the Sun, film score (2003)
Spanglish, film score (2004) (Golden Globe Nomination)
Laura's Star, film score (2004) (with Nick Glennie-Smith)
Shark Tale, film score (2004)
King Arthur, film score (2004)
Thunderbirds, film score (2004)
The Weather Man, film score (2005) (with James S. Levine)
Der kleine Eisbär 2 - Die geheimnisvolle Insel, film score (2005) (with Nick Glennie-Smith)
Madagascar, film score (2005) (with Heitor Pereira, James Dooley)
Batman Begins, film score (2005) (with James Newton Howard)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, film score (2006)
The Da Vinci Code, film score (2006) (Golden Globe Nomination)
The Holiday, film score (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, film score (2007)
The Simpsons Movie, film score (2007)
Casi Divas, film score (2008)
The Dark Knight, film score (2008) (with James Newton Howard) (Grammy Winner)
Kung Fu Panda, film score (2008) (with John Powell)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, film score (2008)
The Burning Plain, film score (2008) (with Omar Rodríguez-López)
Frost/Nixon, film score (2008) (Golden Globe Nomination)
Angels & Demons, film score (2009)
Sherlock Holmes, film score (2009) (Oscar Nomination)
It's Complicated, film score (2009) (with Heitor Pereira)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, video game score (2009) (Video Game) (Main Themes - Score Producer)
Henri IV, film score (2010) (with Henry Jackman)
Mars Needs Moms!, film score (2010)
Inception, film score (2010)
The Pacific, film score (2010) (Main theme only; score composed by Geoff Zanelli and Blake Neely)
Despicable Me, film score (2010)
MegaMind, film score (2010)
Untitled James L. Brooks project, film score (2010)
 Rango, film score (2011)

WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Zimmer Links     ~ ~ ~    Zimmer on Zimmer    ~ top of page ~
Film Score
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ZIMMER  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre     ~ ~ ~    Zimmer on Zimmer     ~ top of page ~
Guilty Pleasures - A Conversation with Composer Hans Zimmer (Tracksounds)
Hans Zimmer Interview by Edwin Black (Film Score Monthly)
Hans Zimmer Talks Mission: Impossible II Score (Glen Oliver, IGN)
Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Interview (Paul Fischer,
Hans Zimmer on . . . (Dan Goldwasser, SoundtrackNet)
Hans Zimmer: Speaking Through Music (Stephanie Jorgl,
Hans Zimmer: Where Symphony Meets Synthesizer (Abodos, Hubpages)
Hans Zimmer's Scoring Collective (Matt Hurwitz, MixOnline)
Hollywood Composer of Note (Hugh Hart, SFGate)
The Honor of Composing - An Interview with Hans Zimmer (Dan Goldwasser, SoundtrackNet)
Interview: "Modern Warfare 2" Composer Hans Zimmer (Jesse Stern, USA Today)
Interview with Hans Zimmer, Part 1 (SoundtrackNet)    Part 2    Part 3
Interview with Music Maestro Hans Zimmer on Sherlock Holmes & Much More . . . (David Sztypuljak, HeyUGuys)
The Secret Lair of Hans Zimmer, From Where He Inspires the World (Trey Ratcliff, Stuck in Customs)
A Work of Understanding - On Hans Zimmer's The Thin Red Line (Pawel Stroinski,

Composer's website

Zimmer @ Wikipedia
Zimmer @
Zimmer @
Zimmer @
Zimmer @ CITWF / Complete Index to World Film
Zimmer @ Classical Archives
Zimmer @ Classical Net
Zimmer @ ClassicsToday
Zimmer @ Dilettante Music
Zimmer @ Facebook
Zimmer @ Fandango
Zimmer @ Filmbug
Zimmer @ Film Reference
Zimmer @ Film Score Monthly (via google)
Zimmer @ Filmtracks
Zimmer @ HubPages
Zimmer @ IBDB (Internet Broadway Database)
Zimmer @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Zimmer @ InstantEncore
Zimmer @ Mahalo
Zimmer @ mfiles
Zimmer @ moviefone
Zimmer @ Movie Music UK
Zimmer @ MSN Movies
Zimmer @ MSN Music
Zimmer @ MusicWeb International
Zimmer @
Zimmer @ MySpaceMusic
Zimmer @ Naxos
Zimmer @ The New York Times/movies
Zimmer @ NNDB
Zimmer @ NPRmusic
Zimmer @ The Oscar Site
Zimmer @
Zimmer @ SoundtrackCollector
Zimmer @ Soundtrack Express (via google)
Zimmer @ SoundtrackNet
Zimmer @ SoundUnwound
Zimmer @ Spectrasonics
Zimmer @

Streaming Audio
Zimmer @ Classical Archives
Zimmer @ HeyUGuys/Interview
Zimmer @
Zimmer @ MySpaceMusic
Zimmer @ NPRmusic
Zimmer @ Rhapsody

Zimmer @ ArkivMusic
Zimmer @ ClassicsOnline
Zimmer @ Discogs

Zimmer @ YouTube
Zimmer @ Dailymotion

Zimmer on Zimmer: The Pirate Maestro - The Music of Hans Zimmer (in 2 Parts)

Zimmer on Zimmer: Hans Zimmer in His Studio (in 7 Parts)

Zimmer on Zimmer: On Ennio Morricone

Zimmer on Zimmer: The Man Behind the Pirates

Zimmer on Zimmer: On Scoring "The Pirates of the Carribean"

Zimmer on Zimmer: On Scoring "The Dark Knight"

Zimmer on Zimmer: Harry Williams & Hans Zimmer Talk About Working with Lisa Gerrard

Zimmer on Zimmer: About His Film Music and His Life (German TV - in German w/subtitles)

Zimmer on Zimmer: Hans Zimmer in Hollywood (in 6 Parts) (in German & English, no subtitles)

Zimmer on Zimmer: Hans Zimmer and His Music (in 2 Parts) (in German, with subtitles)

Zimmer on Zimmer: Interview w/Alex Billington of

Hans Zimmer Interview from on Vimeo.

Zimmer on Zimmer: On Composing for Films and Animated Movies (see  here  at YouTube)


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