Michel Legrand is dead : the famous composer died at the age of 86

Michel Legrand est mort : le célèbre compositeur est décédé à 86 ans

Michel Legrand, to whom we owe the soundtracks of the films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The young girls of Rochefort, died the night of 25 to 26 January.

It is his press secretary who announced the sad news : the famous composer, singer and French pianist Michel Legrand died in the night of Friday 25 to Saturday 26 January in Paris, at the age of 86 years.

Son of composer Raymond Legrand, Michel Legrand, born in Paris in 1932, began his career in music by writing arrangements for his father. He then worked for the biggest stars including Henri Salvador, Zizi Jeanmaire and Maurice Chevalier, and Charles Aznavour, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Nana Mouskouri, Mireille Mathieu, Claude Nougaro, but also Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Bill Evans, who played on the album Legrand Jazz.

But it is above all as a composer for films, Michel Legrand has acquired a worldwide reputation. In fifty years of career, he has received three Oscars for his film music (best original song for “The Windmills of Your Mind in The Thomas Crown Affair in 1969, best film music for A summer 42 in 1972 and best musical adaptation for Yentl in 1984).

Among the more than two hundred songs that he created for the film and television include the air cults of the films of Jacques Demy, such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort or peau d’âne.

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