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Legendary Composer John Barry Dies

Posted in News on February 1, 2011

Iconic composer John Barry died Sunday in New York. He was 77 years old.

Barry created lush scores for 11 James Bond films, including “From Russia With Love” and “Goldfinger.” His instinct shaped culture and re-imagined the scope of cinematic sounds. The moody musical atmospheres of “Born Free,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Out of Africa,” and “The Lion in Winter” all earned him Academy Awards. In addition to winning five Oscars, numerous industry accolades, and multiple BMI Film/TV Awards, Barry received BMI’s prestigious Richard Kirk Award honoring lifetime achievement in 1990.

In a 2000 interview with the The New York Times, he reflected on his approach: “I like to score the inner feelings of a character — get into their shoes in an imaginative way and take the audience there and enlighten them in a poetic rather than realistic way.”