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Michel Legrand (1932)

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Michel Jean Legrand (born 24 February 1932, in Bécon-les-Bruyères in the Paris suburbs) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. His father Raymond Legrand was a conductor and composer renowned for hits such as Irma la douce and his mother, Marcelle Der Mikaëlian (sister of conductor Jacques Hélian), who married Legrand Senior in 1929, was descended from the Armenian bourgeoisie.

Legrand is a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores in addition to many memorable songs. He is best known for his often haunting film music and scores, such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Thomas Crown Affair featuring the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" for which he won his first Academy Award.


Legrand has composed more than two hundred film and television scores and several musicals and has made well over a hundred albums. He has won three Oscars and five Grammys and has been nominated for an Emmy. He was twenty-two when his first album, I Love Paris, became one of the best-selling instrumental albums ever released. He is a virtuoso jazz and classical pianist and an accomplished arranger and conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world.

He studied music at the Paris Conservatoire from 1943-50 (ages 11–18), working with, among others, Nadia Boulanger, who also taught many other composers, including Aaron Copland and Philip Glass, and Ástor Piazzolla. Legrand graduated with top honors as both a composer and a pianist.

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Name Duration Released
Stompin' At the Savoy 02:22 1959
Paris in the Spring 03:32 1959
La Vie en rose 03:08 1959
The Jitterbug Waltz 05:16 1959
Sous les ponts de Paris 02:55 1959
Moulin Rouge 02:41 1959
Nuages 02:32 1959
The Last Time I Saw Paris 02:25 1959
Don't Get Around Much Anymore 07:15 1959
I Love Paris 02:52 1959
Blue and Sentimental 03:21 1959
Paris, je t'aime... d'amour 04:24 1959
In a Mist 04:12 1959
Paris Canaille 02:04 1959
Django 03:21 1959
Sous le ciel de Paris 01:52 1959
'Round Midnight 05:51 1959
April in Paris 05:14 1959



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