Michel Legrand

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Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand Cabourg 2015.jpg
Legrand in 2015 at the Cabourg Film Festival
Born
Michel Jean Legrand

(1932-02-24)24 February 1932
Paris, France
Died26 January 2019(2019-01-26) (aged 86)
OccupationFilm score composer
Jazz pianist
Years active1952–2019
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Original Song
1968 The Thomas Crown Affair
Academy Award for Best Original Score
1971 Summer of '42
1983 Yentl
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
1971 Summer of '42
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
1968 The Thomas Crown Affair
AFI Award Best Original Score
1991 Dingo

Michel Jean Legrand (French pronunciation: ​[miʃɛl ʒɑ̃ ləɡʁɑ̃]; born 24 February 1932 in the 20th arrondissement of Paris – died 26 January 2019 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist.[1] Legrand was a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many songs.[2] His scores for the films of French New Wave director Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), earned Legrand his first Academy Award nominations. Legrand won his first Oscar for the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).[3]

Life and career[edit]

Legrand, who was of Armenian descent,[4] was born in Paris[5] to his father, Raymond Legrand, who was himself a conductor and composer,[6] and his mother, Marcelle Ter-Mikaëlian, who was the sister of conductor Jacques Hélian.[7] Raymond and Marcelle were married in 1929.[7]

Legrand composed more than two hundred film and television scores.[8] He won three Oscars[9] and five Grammys.[10] He studied music at the Conservatoire de Paris from age 11, working with, among others, Nadia Boulanger[10] and graduated with top honors as both a composer and a pianist.[8] He established his name in the United States by working with such jazz stars as Miles Davis and Stan Getz.[1] His sister Christiane Legrand was a member of the Swingle Singers and his niece Victoria Legrand is a member of the indie rock duo Beach House.[11]

Legrand composed music for Jacques Demy's films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1966), and appeared and performed in Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961). He also composed music for The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) (which features "The Windmills of Your Mind"), The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1970), The Go-Between (1971), Summer of '42 (1971), Orson Welles's last-completed film F for Fake (1974) and would later compose the score for Welles's posthumously-released movie The Other Side of the Wind (2018). He also composed the score for Yentl (1983), as well as the film score for Louis Malle's film Atlantic City (1980). His instrumental version of the theme from Brian's Song charted 56th in 1972 on the Billboard's pop chart.[12]

Legrand died of sepsis,[13][14] during the night of 25 to 26 January 2019, at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine,[13] where he had been hospitalized for two weeks for a pulmonary infection. His funeral was held in Paris at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on 1 February 2019.[15] He was interred at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.[16] He remained active until his death and had concerts scheduled to take place in the spring.[17]

Musical theatre[edit]

In 1997, Legrand composed the score for the musical "Le Passe-Muraille", with a book by Didier van Cauwelaert. It premiered on Broadway in 2002 as Amour and was translated into English by Jeremy Sams and was directed by James Lapine.[18] This musical was his Broadway debut[19] and he was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003 for Best Score[20]. Later he recorded Legrand Affair with Melissa Errico[20], a 100-piece symphony orchestra that included songs with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman.[21]

The world premiere of the new musical Marguerite from Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creators of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, included music by Michel Legrand and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Marguerite is set during World War II in occupied Paris, and was inspired by the romantic novel La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils. It premiered in May 2008 at the Haymarket Theatre, London and was directed by Jonathan Kent.[22]

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Legrand has won three Oscars (out of 13 nominations), five Grammys, and was nominated for an Emmy. His first Academy Award win was in 1969 for the song "The Windmills of Your Mind", followed with the Academy Award for his music for Summer of ’42 in 1972 and for Yentl in 1984.[9]

Following are a selection of the awards and nominations with which Legrand's works have been honored:

Academy Award awards and nominations[edit]

Source: All Movie[23]

Golden Globe awards and nominations[edit]

Source: All Movie[23]

Grammy Award awards and nominations[edit]

Source: Grammy.com[29]

  • Best Instrumental Composition: "Theme From Summer Of '42" (1971) - win
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement: "Theme From Summer Of '42" (1971) - nomination
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance: "Theme From Summer Of '42" (1971) - nomination
  • Best arrangement accompanying vocalist: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Sarah Vaughan) (1972) - win[30]
  • Song of the year: "The Summer Knows" from Summer of '42 (1972) - nomination
  • Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "The Summer Knows" (1972) - nomination
  • Best instrumental composition: "Brian's Song" [TV] (1972) - win
  • Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special: The Three Musketeers (1974) - nomination
  • Best Instrumental Composition: "Images" (1975) win
  • Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band: "Images" (1975) win
  • Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special: Yentl (1984) - nomination
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: Yentl (Barbra Streisand) (1984) - nomination
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: "Nature Boy" (track from "Unforgettable") (1991) - nomination[31]
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement: "Where Or When" (Track from: "Happy Radio Days", Erato Records) (1998) - nomination[32]

Theatre nominations[edit]

Emmy Award nominations[edit]

  • Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore): A Woman Called Golda [TV] (1982)[34]

Fennecus nominations[edit]

  • Song score, original or adaptation: Yentl (1983)
  • Original song: "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from Yentl (1983)

Apex nominations[edit]

  • Original score, comedy: Best Friends (1982)
  • Original song, drama: "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from Yentl (1983)
  • Original song score/adaptation/compilation, drama: Yentl (1983)

Australian Film Institute Award[edit]

  • Best Original Music Score: Dingo (1991) win[35]

Prix Moliere Award[edit]

ASCAP[edit]

  • Henry Mancini Award, awarded by ASCAP, for Le Passe-Muraille (1998)[38][39]

Golden Eagle Award[edit]

Others[edit]

References[edit]

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