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Simon Franglen (born Westminster, London, England) is an English composer of film and classical music, record producer, and arranger. His credits include four of the list of top grossing films and six of the list of best-selling albums of all time.

Simon Franglen
Born1963 (age 55–56)
OriginWestminster, London, England
GenresFilm score, soundtrack, Pop, adult contemporary, soft rock
Occupation(s)Film composer, Classical music composer, Record producer, songwriter, arranger, musician
Years active1989–present
Associated actsDavid Foster, James Horner, Thomas Newman, Celine Dion, Alan Silvestri, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Toni Braxton, Quincy Jones

He is best known for his work on Avatar, for which he received Golden Globe[1] and Grammy nominations for the theme song, and for being the producer of "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, for which he won a Record of The Year Grammy Award.[2] Other film credits range from David Fincher's Se7en, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Magnificent Seven, to arranging music for the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.[3].

The Birth of Skies and Earth Orchestral Work Premiere 1.jpg

In 2018, he premiered a new large scale orchestral and choral work for live performance, the oratorio "The Birth of Skies and Earth", based on the great Chinese creation myths. A ninety minute work, with libretto in Mandarin Chinese, it premiered in Shanghai in December 2018, with 176 musicians on stage, featuring a 90 piece orchestra, 80 voice choir, and six soloist singers.[1]



Franglen has worked with Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Toni Braxton, The Corrs, Monica, Bee Gees, Luciano Pavarotti.[3] Currently there are over four hundred music credits to Franglen on,

Early careerEdit

After showing skill with synthesizers whilst working in London recording studios as a student, Franglen was hired by Trevor Horn as a Synclavier programmer, working on Yes, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Godley and Creme. He left Sarm West Studios to become an independent producer for acts like The Associates and a composer for commercials and TV. He composed the famous Direct Line jingle [2]

Pop workEdit

Franglen was persuaded by engineer/producer Humberto Gatica to move to the USA, where he became a top session musician and programmer.[3]. Alongside his career on film music, Franglen has been involved in a huge number of singles and albums that have charted highly, since the early 1990s.[4]. These include: Un-Break My Heart (Toni Braxton) Change The World (Eric Clapton) For You I Will (Monica) I Swear (All 4 One) I Have Nothing(Whitney Houston) No Matter What (Boyzone) He's produced a wide variety of material, from UK Grime Rappers like Ironik to Classical Tenors like Rolando Villazon.

Film score workEdit

Franglen moved into work on films when he was introduced to the composer John Barry late the production of the score for Dances with Wolves and colloborated on the soundtrack album. He continued to work with Barry for a number of years, including on Chaplin. Other long term collaborations were with the film composers Alan Silvestri, James Horner, and Howard Shore, for whom he created the trademark dystopian electronica for Se7en by David Fincher, Crash by David Cronenberg.

He worked with producer David Foster on the soundtrack for The Bodyguard and later, produced Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor's "Come What May" with Foster for Baz Lehrmann's 'Moulin Rouge!, for which he also acted as vocal producer. In 1997, he worked for the first time with James Horner on the score for Titanic.[3], for which he won a Grammy Award as producer of My Heart Will Go On. He reconnected with Horner for Avatar, spending almost 11 months working on the score; he acted as Electronic Music Arranger and also co-write and co-produced the Golden Globe and Grammy nominated theme song. Horner and Franglen continued to work closely together from 2009 on films such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Franglen initially acting as arranger, then moving to score producer.

Recent workEdit

In 2016, after the tragic death of his friend, James Horner, Franglen co-composed the score to The Magnificent Seven, which Horner had commenced. 2016 also included original music for director Terrence Malick's film Voyage of Time.

In December 2016, He premiered a new fifteen minute 3 dimensional orchestral immersive work in what CNN called 'The World's Highest Art Space'[5] - a 240 speaker immersive experience featuring four separate complete orchestral parts, Chinese Solo instruments, choir and bells on the 2000 ft high 126th floor of the Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China.

In early 2017 he worked with Pink Floyd at Abbey Road,[6] producing 3D mixes of some of their best known tracks for an immersive installation room at the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. Over 400,000 people visited the exhibition and the installation will tour around the world.

Franglen was responsible for the production and further composition of the music throughout Pandora–The World of Avatar which opened at Walt Disney World in Florida in May 2017, taking over duties from James Horner in 2015.[7].

He composed the music to 'Together' - a new film by director Terrence Malick which premiered at SXSW in late 2017 [3][4]

In 2018, he composed the scores to Peppermint (2018 film) directed by Pierre Morel, The MGM TV Series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by director Jean-Jacques Annaud.

In late 2018, he premiered the 90 minute oratorio - "The Birth of Skies and Earth".

In early 2019, he composed the score Xiaolong Zheng's Turandot, a large-budget Chinese Romantic Action Fantasy for release in late 2019.

Other workEdit

Franglen accompanied Barbra Streisand for her first live performance in 27 years at the Inauguration of President Bill Clinton in Washington DC. He also toured with her for the subsequent come-back tour.

The composer and producer Nick Franglen is his brother. The musician and writer Hans Keller was his great uncle.[3]

Film creditsEdit

Music creditsEdit

Installations and 3DEdit


  1. ^ "Browse Results – Golden Globe Awards Official Website". Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Simon Franglen | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Interview with Simon Franglen :: Film Music Magazine". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Simon Franglen | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
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