Josh Larson

Hans Zimmer Is a Mozart Fan

I’m kind of obsessed with film composers. Here’s a reason why Hans Zimmer and Mozart are awesome.

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I was reading a Buzzfeed article about Hans Zimmer (one of my favorite composers) recently.

The article mentioned that a Mozart piece adorned his elaborate recording studio:

There are loads of art books and a small library of classical composers. There’s a framed copy of Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” which Zimmer calls “the perfect piece of music.” The room is basically engineered for creativity.

My first instinct, of course was to listen to this piece of music Zimmer considers to be perfect. Hopping over to Spotify, I pulled up the track:

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But something seemed really familiar. And this it hit me: Hans Zimmer referenced Mozart in his score for The Lion King.

“No way!” I’m sure you’re thinking. But seriously. Go to 1:42 in “Ave verum corpus in D Major” above. Let it sink in.

Now, listen to the haunting air from The Lion King when Simba realizes his father has died and is exiled from his hometown/kingdom/pride (around 2:12):

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Nuts, right? That’s totally what I thought.

The above photograph by Jessica Chou for BuzzFeed