Michel Legrand—prolific French movie composer and jazz pianist—has died, Variety reviews. He was 86. Legrand gained three Oscars for his traditional movie scores, together with a Best Original Song award for the long-lasting 1968 The Thomas Crown Affair monitor “The Windmills of Your Mind.” According to a statement from his administration, Legrand handed away peacefully this Saturday (January 26). “He changed the meaning of music in films with his sense of rhythm and his absolute passion for life,” the assertion reads—see it beneath.
Since starting his profession as a jazz musician within the 1950s, Legrand composed roughly 150 movie scores, together with 1964’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1967’s The Young Girls of Rochefort, and 1971’s Summer of ’42. He additionally wrote the music for Barbra Streisand’s “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” for her position in 1983’s Yentl. Legrand’s closing rating, for the movie The Other Side of the Wind, arrived final yr.
Along together with his work in movie, Legrand scored for tv, performed orchestras in live performance, recorded over 100 albums, and extra. Legrand Jazz, his 1959 album, featured Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ben Webster, and plenty of others. Along together with his three Oscar wins, Legrand took residence 5 Grammys, together with awards for his 1975 jazz LP Images and the theme for Summer of ’42, “Brian’s Song.” He was additionally the uncle of Beach House’s Victoria Legrand.