In this episode, I focus my "Listening To.." series towards the incomparable and distinctive French composer, Maurice Jarre. Born in 1924, Jarre studied composition and percussion at the Paris Conservatory, beginning his film scoring career in his native France during the 1950's through short films and documentaries. It was then his peerless, epic music for 1962's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, one of the most highly honored and well-remembered movies, that introduced him to English-speaking audiences, who immediately embraced him. His subsequent career continually flourished until his passing in 2009, chock-a-block with additional musical highlights in films such as DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, IS PARIS BURNING?, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, WITNESS, MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME and GHOST. His uniquely melodic and often idiosyncratic style and approach remains a memorable component in all projects he scored.
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