The French composer Michel Legrand created a few of most memorable, romantically lush movie scores of the previous 50 years. For those who occur to listen to The Windmills of Your Thoughts and it lingers in your head, you’re listening to Legrand’s legacy. He received an Academy Award for that music, from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), and for the scores of Summer time of ‘42 (1971) and, in a much less romantic vein, Barbara Streisand’s Yentl (1983). Past Hollywood, he was a prolific pianist, arranger, accompanist and singer all through his lengthy profession. He started as a jazz pianist and arranger, whose acclaimed 1958 album Legrand Jazz featured performances from a number of the greats, together with Miles Davis and John Coltrane. From the 1960s on, he composed elegant scores for his mates within the French New Wave. Jacques Demy’s musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) consists of what would turn into considered one of Legrand’s most well-known songs, I Will Anticipate You. Like a lot of his music, its melody, filled with craving and heartbreak, lingers. He died on 26 January on the age of 86. (CJ)
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