Composer Michel Legrand has passed away

28.01.2019, France, RTL Group

The prolific French composer died on Saturday 26 January 2019 at the age of 86 years.

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“Roger Kreicher, who works for RTL, calls me up saying: 'I would like a jingle for all RTL radio programmes and information'," explained Michel Legrand on the microphone of RTL Radio (France) in 2009.

Few people know that this prolific French composer, three-times Oscar winner, is the creator of the famous RTL jingle used on radio and television across several countries. "He wanted it very short, he specified: 'It must last 3 seconds'. I had already made a theme, but as it was a little short, I added in the trombones to complement the trumpets. And I recorded that. It's funny because it's become like a flag, an emblem. "

He was first and foremost known as a film composer, an activity he began in the 1960s. During a career spanning more than 50 years, he worked with the greatest of the French New Wave. Ray Charles and Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra, Charles Trenet and Edith Piaf.

He wrote, among other things, the themes of Jacques Demy's cult films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, which launched French-style musicals.

Michel Legrand has won three Oscars, for the song The mills of my heart, taken from the music of The Thomas Crown Affair in 1969, then for Summer 42 (1972) and Yentl (1984).

Sources: RTL Luxembourg and RTL France 

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