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 855,303 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Michel Legrand is the 147th most popular composer (down from 130th in 2019), the 640th most popular biography from France (down from 542nd in 2019) and the 28th 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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  • 46

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Among composers, Michel Legrand ranks 147 out of 1,228Before him are Philip Glass, Kurt Weill, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Scott Joplin, Darius Milhaud, and Léonin. After him are Marin Marais, Ottorino Respighi, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Édouard Lalo, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Amilcare Ponchielli.

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Among people born in 1932, Michel Legrand ranks 29Before him are Sylvia Plath, Víctor Jara, Roy Scheider, Camilo Cienfuegos, Miriam Makeba, and Ted Kennedy. After him are Roh Tae-woo, François Englert, Ellen Burstyn, Oliver E. Williamson, Louis Malle, and Carlos Saura. Among people deceased in 2019, Michel Legrand ranks 23Before him are Mohamed Morsi, Karel Gott, Bibi Andersson, I. M. Pei, Albert Finney, and João Gilberto. After him are Anna Karina, Kary Mullis, Beji Caid Essebsi, Murray Gell-Mann, Ratko Janev, and Li Peng.

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In France

Among people born in France, Michel Legrand ranks 640 out of 5,234Before him are Nicole Oresme (1323), Jean Dubuffet (1901), Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646), Lucien Febvre (1878), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), and Gaston Leroux (1868). After him are Theuderic I (485), Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), Marin Marais (1656), Oenomaus (-105), and Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Michel Legrand ranks 28Before him are Daniel Auber (1782), Maurice Jarre (1924), Paul Dukas (1865), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760), Darius Milhaud (1892), and Léonin (1135). After him are Marin Marais (1656), Édouard Lalo (1823), Philippe de Vitry (1291), Francis Lai (1932), Lili Boulanger (1893), and Pauline Viardot (1821).