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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, and jazz pianist. 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 976,944 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Michel Legrand is the 139th most popular composer (up from 147th in 2019), the 616th most popular biography from France (up from 639th in 2019) and the 24th 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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Among composers, Michel Legrand ranks 139 out of 1,216Before him are Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Iannis Xenakis, César Cui, Emmerich Kálmán, Pierre Boulez, and Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach. After him are Léonin, Fanny Mendelssohn, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Gregorio Allegri, Daniel Auber, and Henry Mancini.

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Among people born in 1932, Michel Legrand ranks 28Before him are Víctor Jara, Pat Morita, Raisa Gorbacheva, Gerhard Richter, Miriam Makeba, and Camilo Cienfuegos. After him are Anthony Perkins, François Englert, Carlos Saura, Donald Rumsfeld, Ted Kennedy, and Adolfo Suárez. Among people deceased in 2019, Michel Legrand ranks 23Before him are Jeffrey Epstein, I. M. Pei, Immanuel Wallerstein, Kary Mullis, Marie Fredriksson, and Peter Fonda. After him are Doris Day, João Gilberto, Bibi Andersson, Murray Gell-Mann, Albert Finney, and Andrea Camilleri.

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In France

Among people born in France, Michel Legrand ranks 616 out of 6,011Before him are Pierre Bonnard (1867), Charles, Duke of Vendôme (1489), Francis Picabia (1879), Gérard de Nerval (1808), Albert I, Prince of Monaco (1848), and France Gall (1947). After him are Peter Waldo (1140), Bertrand du Guesclin (1320), Paul Claudel (1868), Hugh the Great (898), Léonin (1135), and Yolande de Polastron (1749).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Michel Legrand ranks 24Before him are Adolphe Adam (1803), Arthur Honegger (1892), Pérotin (1160), Paul Dukas (1865), Maurice Jarre (1924), and Pierre Boulez (1925). After him are Léonin (1135), Daniel Auber (1782), Darius Milhaud (1892), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760), Édouard Lalo (1823), and Marin Marais (1656).