ALLEGRETTO: JAMES HORNER FILM MUSIC MAGAZINE
– For the Maestro's birthday on August 14, pull out your best pen, and we will publish your texts and tributes. Send your submissions by mail.
– We are also working on a full biography in parts.
One day, at the age of 10 years, James Horner came home from school completely bewildered. He had just heard a piece of music he already knew but that had left him baffled that particular day. In the evening he listened to it twenty times over. This musical sock he still remembers clearly today, because it marked the moment when he decided he was going to be a composer. The piece is called Allegretto, the second movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony.I would probably never have heard of James Horner’s music if my grandfather had not led me to discover the beauty of classical music. I vividly remember the moment he introduced me to his favorite piece. I can still see him humming and mimicking the conductor’s movements, his face lit up with happiness. Whenever I listen to this movement my thoughts go back to that life-changing moment. The piece is called Allegretto, the second movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony. Allegretto. I needed no further signs to settle on a name for this magazine. Moreover, the word allegretto is a tempo in a musical work that refers to the French word "allégresse", meaning elation, glee, just the kind of emotion we get time and again from James Horner’s music.Wolf Totem, Pas de Deux, Collage. An original soundtrack and two concerts works, one couldn’t ask for a better way to begin the Allegretto adventure. An adventure that I hope will be long and rewarding.The aim of this magazine, which is an extension of our website, is simple: provide clear and accurate information on maestro Horner’s current and upcoming projects. It’s not about shouting to the stars how James Horner is the greatest, it’s not about creating or addressing controversy, it’s only about supplying you with articles, interviews and background material whose sole intent is to inform the reader, to provide new details and to delve deeper, all while maintaining a tone that is neutral, objective and respectful to the musical world of the composer.This first issue is the culmination of a great deal of effort and fruitful collaborations. I would like to extend a warm thank you to all the people who are mentioned on this page and who have contributed to this crazy project. We hope to find the resources to offer you a second issue around the end of December, as we will no doubt have a full slate with plenty of exciting new stuff: Living In The Age Of Airplanes, Southpaw, The 33 … Of course, this will depend in no small measure on your response to this magazine.And finally, credit where credit is due: a particularly heart-felt thank you to James Horner for his trust, kindness, and the great many hours he has gracefully spent with us.Enjoy reading and we’re looking forward to our next rendez-vous at the end of 2015!Jean-Baptiste Martin