Maurice Alexis Jarre was born in September 13, 1924 in Lyon, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France. A French composer and conductor. He is the father of the electronic music composer Jean Michel Jarre [1948- ].
Although he composed several concert works, Jarre is best known for his film scores, particularly for his collaborations with film director David Lean. Jarre composed the scores to all of Lean's films from “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) on. Notable scores for other directors include “The Train” (1964), “Mohammad, Messenger of God” (1976), “Witness” (1985) and “Ghost” (1990).
Jarre was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Three of his compositions spent a total of 42 weeks on the UK singles chart; the biggest hit was "Somewhere My Love" (to his tune "Lara's Theme", with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster) by the Mike Sammes Singers, which reached Number 14 in 1966 and spent 38 weeks on the chart.
Maurice scored three Euro-westerns: “El Condor” (1969), “Villa Rides” (1968), and “Red Sun” (1971).
Jarre was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning three in the Best Original Score category for “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Doctor Zhivago” (1965), and “A Passage to India” (1984), all of which were directed by David Lean. He also won four Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards, and a Grammy Award.
Jarre died on 28 March 2009 after a battle with cancer in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Today we remember Maurice Jarre on what would have been his 90th birthday.