RIP: Film composer Maurice Jarre

Music News | Mar 30th, 2009

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French film composer Maurice Jarre has passed away at the age of 84. Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia were two film scores that Jarre was famous for and he’ll be missed in the film industry.

Other notable scores that Maurice Jarre has composed include: Dead Poet’s Society, A Passage to India, Witness, Top Secret, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Ghost, A Walk in the Clouds. His last film score was for the 2000 film I Dreamed of Africa starring Kim Basinger and Vincent Perez. Technically “Uprising,” a TV movie that was about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was his last project though (Thanks Chris!).

SACEM head Bernard Miyet cites Jarre’s family Monday as saying the composer died in his California villa.

Jarre penned dozens of scores for some of Hollywood’s most prominent directors.

He won Oscars for his music for “Doctor Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” and “Passage to India,” and was nominated for an additional six Academy Awards.


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