The Romance and Whimsy of Michel Legrand

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

French composer Michel Legrand writes unforgettable melodies. His 1960 collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard, "A Woman Is a Woman," cheerfully experimented with soundtrack conventions. His 1964 jazz-opera movie "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" excelled at blending genres and breaking hearts. Throughout his long and continuing career, Legrand has used his gift for melody and his inventiveness as a composer to enhance many films.

Host David Garland presents selections from some of Legrand's famous scores, such as "Summer of '42" and "The Thomas Crown Affair," as well as obscure gems like "Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?" and "The Happy Ending."

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Opening Credits to "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"

Love theme from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" 

Comments [5]

Tom General from Dallas, TX

I enjoyed the video links and music tease. Hopefully the audio from this show will be posted soon?

Thanks!

Sep. 19 2011 08:18 AM
Tom General from Dallas, TX

I enjoyed the video links and music tease. Hopefully the audio from this show will be posted soon?

Thanks!

Sep. 19 2011 08:15 AM
David

If you loved The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, check out the beautiful songs in that film's sequel, The Young Girls of Rochefort:

http://www.amazon.com/Young-Rochefort-Original-Soundtrack-Tracks/dp/B0008191GK/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1316302970&sr=1-2

Sep. 17 2011 07:44 PM
Adam Smith from Tron

Can't wait. Michael Legrand's score to Ice Station Zebra is great and his theme to The Thomas Crown Affair is unmatched. Stings version was terrible and took the complexity out of it to make it sound like some flimsy elevator music.

Sep. 17 2011 05:01 PM

ML wrote some really lovely melodies, and while sometimes rendered somewhat schmaltzy, I enjoy hearing them from time to time. Interesting to compare here the "Umbrellas" title music to the theme. I much prefer the simplicity of the credit music to the what strikes me as the overproduced scene version. BTW, I loved that film.

I also think the "Summer of 42" theme very lovely.

Thanks again for a fun show!

Sep. 17 2011 11:58 AM

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