The composer Michel Legrand died at the age of 86. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Composer of over 200 film and television scores, including ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ from 1964 and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ from 1968. He collaborated with such notable jazz artists as Miles Davis, who many believe influenced 20th-century music more than almost any other musician.
He was born to French composer and actor Raymond Legrand and Marcelle der Mikaelian. His father produced “Irma la Douce” and many other hits. He was married twice; he married his second wife, Macha Meril, in 2014. He had three children.
I have a very strange melodic gift: melodies come to me effortlessly.
So I write melodies – thirty, forty, fifty – then I cast them off until I have just two or three. If only one is needed, I go see the director and ask him to decide.
My father had left behind an old piano. My sister was already going to school, my mother was out working, and I stayed at home alone with my adorable grandmother who understood nothing I said. It was so boring that I stayed at the piano all day long, and that saved my life.
I would listen to something on the radio and try to tap out the melody, then the harmonies.
Here is how I work: when I think that a film needs to have a principal theme, I search for a melody.