Monday, March 30, 2009

Maurice Jarre: 1924-2009

Maurice Jarre, the Academy Award-winning composer of such iconic film scores as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, passed away yesterday at the age of 84.

Jarre won three Oscars for his collaborations with director David Lean (Lawrence, Zhivago and A Passage to India), and was nominated another six times. He also won four Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards and a Grammy during his illustrious career, which included scores for over 150 films.

Jarre's other notable scores include the films The Longest Day, Sundays and Cybele, Grand Prix, Topaz, Ryan's Daughter, The Man Who Would Be King, The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, Fatal Attraction, Gorillas in the Mist, Dead Poets Society and Ghost, and the television mini-series Jesus of Nazareth and Shogun.

UPDATE: Here's a video montage of Jarre's most memorable scores.

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