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Name: Maurice Jarre  
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Date of Birth: 13th September 1924
Place of Birth: Lyon, Rhône, France
Profession: Composer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Maurice Jarre (born in Lyon, France, September 13, 1924) is a French composer of film scores, noted for his use of the Ondes Martenot, and for the scores of many films including a series of David Lean films, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984). These are often considered his best work and some of the most enduring movie music in the repertory.

Jarre won the 1967 Grammy Award for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special for Doctor Zhivago.

He has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, and has won three:

  • Nominated for Best Music, Original Score for: Ghost
  • Nominated for Best Music, Original Score for: Gorillas in the Mist
  • Nominated for Best Music, Original Score for: Witness
  • Won the 1984 Academy Award for Original Music Score for the film A Passage to India
  • Nominated for Best Music, Original Score for: The Message (Movie)
  • Nominated for Best Music, Song for: The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean for the song "Marmalade, Molasses & Honey"
  • Won for Best Music, Score - Substantially Original for: Doctor Zhivago
  • Nominated for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment for: Les Dimanches de ville d'Avray
  • Won for Best Music, Score - Substantially Original for: Lawrence of Arabia

Other awards:

  • British Academy Awards, 1989, Best Original Music Score for Dead Poets Society

Jarre wrote for orchestras, but largely switched to synthesized music in the 1980s, largely for practical rather than aesthetic motivations, many critics feel. The thunderous percussive opening and broad heroic theme of Lawrence of Arabia and the striking cimbalom "Lara's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago are more famous than the heartbreaking closing motif from Ghost (1990), the woodwind theme from Fatal Attraction, and the modal Irish tonality he wrote for David Lean's Ryan's Daughter as well as his Mad Max score for Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

Other notable movies scored include: Dead Poets Society (1989), Ghost (1990), Jacob's Ladder (1990), and many more.

Now officially retired, Jarre's scored his last film in 2001, a TV movie about the Holocaust entitled Uprising.

Maurice is the father of Jean Michel Jarre. His youngest son Kevin is a screenwriter, with credits on such movies as Tombstone and Glory.

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