The three-time Oscar-winning French film composer Michel Legrand is dead. Legrand died in the night on Saturday at the age of 86 in Paris, as his spokesman said. In his more than 50-year-long career, Legrand is a world renown won. He was known for, among other things, by the film music to “The umbrellas of Cherbourg” and “Yentl”.
Legrand has worked with music stars such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf and numerous film sizes, among them Jean-Luc Godard, Orson Welles and Robert Altman. His first Oscar he won in 1969 for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind”, which he composed for the Film “the Thomas Crown is not believe”.
It was followed by two more Oscars for the music of the movies “summer of ’42” (1972) and “Yentl” with Barbra Streisand (1984). Legrand was also a 17-time Grammy nominated and took the American music award five times home.
Legrand was born in Paris in 1932 in a family of musicians. At the age of ten years he began his training at the Conservatory of music in the French capital. “Since I was a kid, it was my goal to live completely surrounded by music. My dream was to never miss out on something, so I chose to focus on a specific musical discipline,” said Legrand.
After a trip into the world of the chanson and Jazz Legrand was dedicated in the sixties, the film music amplified. In 1966, he made the jump to Hollywood. The move to the United States at that time was a “real risk”, recalled Legrand in his 2013 published autobiography. However, the success gave him law.
France’s Minister of culture, Franck Riester paid tribute to Legrand on Saturday as a “brilliant composer”. The singer Mireille Mathieu recalled her collaboration with the musician who had written several songs. Legrands musical ideas “enchanted the whole world,” said the 72-Year-old. “For me, he is because of his music and his personality is immortal,” said the composer Vladimir Cosma for the death of his colleagues.