Simon Franglen scores with James Horner’s The Magnificent Seven

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Dan Goldwasser

Earlier this spring, composer Simon Franglen paid tribute to his longtime collaborator, the late Oscar-winning composer James Horner, by finishing the score he started for The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua. Recording took place at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox, and we were honored to be able to attend the last string session that took place, and are delighted to share our exclusive photos with our readers!

After Horner died in 2015, Franglen and Simon Rhodes took the piano demos that Horner had written as a gift for Fuqua, and fully fleshed them out into a suite, which was then presented to MGM – who was then satisfied that a full score could be written for the film based on the material. When the main round of scoring sessions took place, a 76-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony was conducted by orchestrator J.A.C. Redford. We visited the last session in March, where additional conductor Carl Johnson was the one waving the baton.

Carl Johnson conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony strings on The Magnificent Seven

The violins and violas perform on The Magnificent Seven

The cellos and basses perform on The Magnificent Seven

The violins

In the booth, Simon Franglen was joined by longtime Horner scoring mixer Simon Rhodes, as well as music editors Jim Henrickson and Joe E. Rand. ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman was also in the booth to make sure was all captured.

Scoring mixer Simon Rhodes and composer Simon Franglen discuss a cue

Music editor Joe E. Rand, composer Simon Franglen and scoring mixer Simon Rhodes listen to a cue

Music editors Jim Henrickson and Joe E. Rand, and ProTools recordist Kevin Globerman

The Magnificent Seven opened in theaters on September 23rd, and a soundtrack album featuring Horner and Franglen’s score is available from Sony Masterworks.

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