The week starts with some unhappy news, as the AFP reports that Academy Award composor Maurice Jarre has passed away at the age of 84. He wrote music for over 150 films, and many of them for the great directors: John Frankenheimer, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Luchino Visconti, David Lean, and Peter Weir.
In his long career, he was nominated for an Oscar nine times, and took home three. His three Oscar wins were for what are probably his most recognizable scores: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and Passage to India. Doctor Zhivago will alwaos be one of my favorites, and despite that Lara's Theme has been much abused over the years (Roger Ebert calls it one of his least favorite pieces, and Jarre himself was annoyed at the overuse of it in the film), it's a score is just pure sweeping, tragic romance.
Here's a collection someone on YouTube put together of his "greatest hits", below the jump are two of my favorites. One is naturally Doctor Zhivago, but my favorite part is at 1:38.
Please feel free to link to some of your favorites in the comments, it'd be great to hear them.
* ETA As an astute commenter pointed out, he was not the composer for Danny Boyle's Sunshine, but the 1999 István Szabó film. I read his filmography too fast. My apologies.
* ETA Apparently, the quote was a hoax. Thanks for cheapening one man's death for a social media experiment, sir.