Michel Legrand 1932-2019

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Michel Legrand 1932-2019

Post by jserraglio » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:09 pm

QTD from the Presto Classical Website
Chris O'Reilly wrote:Michel Legrand, the French composer, jazz pianist, conductor and arranger, has died in Paris aged 86.

Born on 24th February 1932, Legrand trained with Nadia Boulanger at the Paris Conservatoire and began his career as an arranger and accompanist, working regularly with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf and Ray Charles. His score for the through-composed romantic comedy The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (directed by Jacques Demy and starring Catherine Deneuve) in 1964 launched a relationship with Hollywood that would last for over half a century; he went on to compose well over a hundred film-scores, winning Academy Awards for The Thomas Crown Affair (1969), Summer of ‘42 (1972), and Yentl (1984).

Though perhaps best known for his cinematic scores, Legrand also composed numerous classical concert works (including a Cello Concerto and Violin Concerto); in addition to his work with jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, John Coltrane and Stephane Grappelli, he regularly collaborated with classical performers such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Natalie Dessay, and the French period-instrument orchestra Les Siècles (with whom he gave a concert in Paris only last month).


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