Maurice Jarre – le colonne sonore

Maurice-Alexis Jarre (1924 –2009) French composer and conductor, is famous for his film scores (partiture; colonne sonore), and particularly for his collaborations with film director David Lean.  Born in Lyon, France, he left the Sorbonne and enrolled (si iscrisse) at the Conservatoire de Paris to study composition and harmony and chose percussion as his major instrument. His life turning point (svolta) was when in 1961 British film producer Sam Spiegel asked him to write the score for the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean. Jarre received his first Academy Award (Oscar) and went on to compose the scores to all of Lean’s subsequent films. He got fame and a second award for  “Lara’s Theme” in  Doctor Zhivago and for Grand Prix(1966), the  racing film (film sulle corse) for director John Frankenheimer. He worked with Alfred Hitchcock on Topaz (1969). The  song “It was a Good Time,” from Ryan’s Daughter was also recorded (registrata) by musical stars such as Liza Minnelli who used it in her acclaimed television special Liza with a Z in  the 1970s. He contributed the music for Luchino Visconti’s The Damned (1969), and John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King (1975). Other great hits were the scores for The Message (1976),  A Passage to India (1984); Witness (1985), Dead Poets Society (1989), Ghost (1990) and  the love theme from Fatal Attraction (1987). Jarre’s television work includes the score for the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977), directed by Franco Zeffirelli and  for Shōgun (1980). Composer John Williams, said of Jarre: “(He) is to be well remembered for his lasting (duraturo) contribution to film music…we all have been enriched (arricchiti) by his legacy (eredità).”