Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific and celebrated film composers of our time. But in recent years he’s also branched outside of film. He scored a handful of video games—Call of Duty and Crysis 2—as well as the boxing reality series The Contender. Now, the Academy Award-winning composer is making a foray into the sports world. Zimmer composed the Major League Soccer 25th Season Celebration Anthem.
You can have a listen to Zimmer’s latest epic composition in the video down below:
After hearing that, I’d nominate Zimmer to do an Olympics theme. If John Williams hadn’t already scored the perfect one, that is. But should they ever decide to retire the Williams theme for something new, this composition for the MLS proves he is the perfect person for the job.
Zimmer has become quite a legend in his field in his three decades of composing scores for major Hollywood films. He began his career scoring films in his native Germany. But his breakthrough was his Oscar-nominated score for 1988’s Rain Man. A few years later, he won his first Academy Award for his work on The Lion King. And from there, it was off to the races. I think it’s fair to say he is to big blockbuster films today what John Williams was for these same types of films in the ’70s and ’80s.
In three decades, Zimmer has created a truly epic body of work. Among his more notable film scores are Gladiator, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Christoper Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Man of Steel, Hidden Figures, and Blade Runnner 2049. He swore off doing any more superhero movies after Batman v Superman, but changed his mind recently and decided to return to the genre. In 2020 alone, Zimmer is set to score several high profile films, including No Time to Die, Wonder Woman 1984, Top Gun: Maverick, and Dune. Oh, and let’s not forget the new SpongeBob movie, Sponge on the Run. Because he scored that one too! When does this guy sleep?
Zimmer has developed such a devoted following, that he’s actually been able to draw huge crowds at events like the Coachella music festival in California, a massive outdoor concert usually reserved for pop and rock acts.
But in April of 2017, Zimmer took the stage and performed several pieces of music at the festival, and was treated like he was a rock star himself.
He played several of the pieces that he’d written for some of his most well known films, all accompanied by a live orchestra. Of course, Zimmer performed perhaps his most famous piece of music, the Joker them from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. He later remarked at the concert “It takes a special kind of crazy person to bring an orchestra out into the desert… But it had to be done, didn’t it?” I’m not entirely sure, but I doubt that Zimmer played anything from his most important film work, Muppet Treasure Island. Well, maybe for the next concert series.
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