Pada tanggal 31 Januari kemarin (tanggal Indonesia), John Barry meninggal pada usia 77 tahun akibat serangan jantung. Beliau adalah composer terkenal untuk karya-karyanya di film-film James Bond (tema James Bond bareng Monty Norman dan 12 film Bond), Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Midnight Cowboy, Mary Queen of Scots, Somewhere in Time, Out of Africa, Dances With Wolves dan Chaplin.
Berikut kutipan dari artikel Jon Burlingame di situs Film Music Society:
Earlier this week, Richard Kraft offered this startling revelation: "Jerry Goldsmith once told me that if he was ever making a movie, the composer he would choose to score it would be John Barry — because no one else was better at creating music that best captured the heart of a film." Veteran keyboard player Mike Lang, whose piano work graced many Barry scores, said "His music spoke from his heart and bonded with film as no other."
We have lost one of the true giants of the last 50 years of film music. But the legacy of John Barry — that extraordinary canon of themes, scores and sounds unique to the man and his times — remains. Future generations, just discovering Barry's music, will envy us; they will only be able to imagine how exciting it was to hear a new John Barry score for a film, a television show, a stage musical or an album. How lucky we were.
Baca lengkapnya di sini. Sad, sad news... Mr. Barry, thank you for your music...