Michel Legrand

1932 - 2019

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Michel Jean Legrand (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl ləɡʁɑ̃]; 24 February 1932 – 26 January 2019) was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, jazz pianist, and singer. Legrand was a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many songs. His scores for two of the films of French New Wave director Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), earned Legrand his first Academy Award nominations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michel Legrand has received more than 1,149,461 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Michel Legrand is the 154th most popular composer (down from 139th in 2019), the 719th most popular biography from France (down from 615th in 2019) and the 29th most popular French Composer.

Michel Legrand is a French composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He is most famous for his film scores, including The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Young Girls of Rochefort.

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  • 48

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  • 3.16

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Among composers, Michel Legrand ranks 154 out of 1,451Before him are Darius Milhaud, Ottorino Respighi, Adrian Willaert, Enrique Granados, Iannis Xenakis, and Pierre Boulez. After him are Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vincenzo Galilei, Michael Haydn, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Ferruccio Busoni, and Komitas.

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Among people born in 1932, Michel Legrand ranks 33Before him are Carlos Saura, Camilo Cienfuegos, Gerhard Richter, Houari Boumédiène, Ellen Burstyn, and Melvin Schwartz. After him are Sirikit, Adolfo Suárez, Ryszard Kapuściński, Raisa Gorbacheva, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Zito. Among people deceased in 2019, Michel Legrand ranks 27Before him are Immanuel Wallerstein, Gordon Banks, Beji Caid Essebsi, Zhores Alferov, João Gilberto, and Bert Hellinger. After him are Marie Fredriksson, Mariss Jansons, Marie Laforêt, Bibi Andersson, Doris Day, and Albert Finney.

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In France

Among people born in France, Michel Legrand ranks 719 out of 6,770Before him are Charles, Duke of Vendôme (1489), Robert Hossein (1927), Gilbert Bécaud (1927), Pierre Boulez (1925), Nadia Boulanger (1887), and Samuel de Champlain (1567). After him are Robert Bresson (1901), Jean Meslier (1664), Michèle Mercier (1939), Charlotte of Savoy (1441), René Clair (1898), and Jacques Pierre Brissot (1754).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Michel Legrand ranks 29Before him are Marin Marais (1656), Édouard Lalo (1823), Paul Dukas (1865), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760), Darius Milhaud (1892), and Pierre Boulez (1925). After him are Léonin (1135), Francis Lai (1932), Philippe de Vitry (1291), Pauline Viardot (1821), Lili Boulanger (1893), and Ernest Chausson (1855).