Antoine Fuqua’s remake of “The Magnificent Seven” is only receiving lukewarm praise, but seven themes composed by the late James Horner for the film have been exceptionally well received. The composer, who died last year at the age of 61, had a storied career that included two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes; in addition to Fuqua, he worked with James Cameron, Walter Hill and Ron Howard multiple times.
Horner composed his pieces without seeing any footage, working instead from the script and conversations with Fuqua (with whom he also collaborated on “Southpaw”). Simon Franglen, the producer/composer/arranger who helped complete the score, recently told Indiewire that, after Horner’s death, “it was important that Antoine hear the themes as a suite. We hired an orchestra and went to Louisiana and presented Antoine with his score and told him this is how James would’ve liked it to have sounded. And Antoine and MGM took a risk.”
“Obviously, where we ended up was different if James had completed the score, but I think it does him justice and the film justice,” Franglen adds. “Ultimately, we’re still writing music for a cowboy film.” Listen to the “Magnificent Seven” score below.