James Newton Howard

Soundtrack Music


  • James Newton Howard was born on June 9th, 1951.
  • He is an American composer, music producer, conductor and musician.
  • At the age of four, he started studying music and started taking classical piano lessons.
  • Later, he attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California with Reginald Stewart and Leon Fleischer.
  • After that he attended the University of Southern California School of Music.
  • Six weeks later he dropped out because he wanted to do more than "practice the piano".
  • James joined a small rock band after he dropped out then quit and worked as a session musician with artists like, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson.
  • He was featured in the album Toto IV in 1982 as a strings conductor.

Film that Started his Career

James Newton Howard's won his first Best Original Score Academy Award for Barbra Streisand's drama The Prince of the Tides (1991). He was nominated for an Oscar four more times for The Fugitive (1993), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), The Village (2004) and Michael Clayton.

Top Films

  • I Am Legend
  • Dark Knight
  • Gideon's Crossing
  • Micheal Clayton
  • Charlie Wilson's War


He has won an Emmy Award for Gideons Crossing, a Grammy and Saturn award for The Dark Knight,and three World Soundtrack Awards for his films, I Am Legend, Michael Clayton, and Charlie Wilson's War.

Characteristics of Soundtrack Music

  • Soundtrack music usually goes along with the event that is happening in the movie
  • Different varieties depending on the movie
  • Soundtrack music includes themes

Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part One

In this movie, President Snow tries to get rid of all of the less-fortunate or "unwanted" people in the districts but Katniss doesn't allow this to happen. She and her friends from District 13 try to help save Peeta (who was left behind) and help save the less-fortunate from their end.

"Hanging Tree"

S- main vocals, strings, backup vocals, brass, choir

H-backup vocals, brass, choir

M- main vocals, strings,

R-slow, in 4

G-soft-moderate-loud; plateau

2 themes

soundtrack music

The Hanging Tree’ James Newton Howard ft. Jennifer Lawrence (Audio)


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