Michel Legrand

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About Michel Legrand

In the over 250 film and TV scores he created during his six-decade career, French composer Michel Legrand made some of the most dramatic music that audiences have ever heard and some of the most romantic, too. Born in Paris in 1932, Legrand already had successful careers as a jazz pianist and arranger before he established his penchant for swoon-worthy themes with Jacques Demy’s much-loved screen musicals The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg in 1964 and The Young Girls Of Rochefort in 1967. Legrand’s equally enchanting music for 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair—for which he won the first of three Oscars—established him as a favorite of filmmakers on the other side of the Atlantic, too. In between Hollywood triumphs like his score for Barbra Streisand’s Yentl in 1983 and the dozens more he’d craft before his death in 2019, Legrand often returned to his first love of jazz, collaborating with such legends as Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, and Stan Getz.

Paris, France
February 24, 1932
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