Hans Zimmer Essay

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Hans Zimmer Hans Zimmer was born in Frankfurt, Germany in September 12, 1957. As a child, he began playing piano since he was three years old. Although he was receiving piano lessons, he quickly became uninterested after only two weeks of piano lessons. Even more astounding he decided to become a composer at age six. His father died when he was six and that is when he decided to become serious about music, because it was his refuge as he quotes, “It was my way of calming the demons in me or at the same time sometimes letting them roar, letting them rip, letting the monster out and seeing that it wasn't so scary being able to look it in the eye," (International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers 2).
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In 2000, he worked with Ridley Scott on the hit film Gladiator.
Released the same year, he made the score for Mission Impossible 2. He also performed a rare live concert with the Flemish Radio Orchestra in Ghent, Belgium to celebrate the 27th annual Flanders International Film Festival. The following year, he made scores for two more hit films, Hannibal and Pearl Harbor. Besides being a composer, he went ahead and started a business with his partner Jay Rifkin called Media Ventures in 1989 which serves as a corporation of composers who can produce or record anything related to media music. It also gives Zimmer a chance to help composers in the same way Myers helped him when he was barely started out his music career. But in the end, his heart is in film scoring, he says, “If something happened where I couldn't write music anymore, it would kill me," he told CNN Worldbeat. "It's not just a job, it's not just a hobby; it's why I get up in the morning," (Contemporary Musicians 5). He is similar to many famous composers where he cannot just stop making music; it is just in his nature.
Over the years, Zimmer has earned a reputation of maximizing the use of electronics and technological inventions in his music. As such, he has been able to produce sounds and textures that had not previously been heard in film music. Despite all of the recognition he has received for his work, Zimmer remains one of his own harshest critics. Of all the scores he has written,