Michel Legrand (1932-2019)

Michel Legrand, the pianist and prolific French film composer, has died at 86.

Best-known for composing more than 200 film scores – among them, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “The Summer of ’42,” “Yentl” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” – Legrand also was a piano prodigy who went on to perform as a sideman and orchestrator for jazz artists such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane and for the cabaret singers Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Maurice Chevalier.

An obituary by Tim Greiving for The Washington Post:


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