Michel Legrand – Music for Films

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Michel Legrand – Music for Films

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00:00​ – La vie en rose 02:30​ – April in Paris 06:11​ – Hymne a  l’amour 09:53​ – Aube a  Papeete 12:42​ – Chanson de lima 15:33​ – Adieu tristesse 18:04​ – Bonjour Paris 20:57​ – C’est a  Hambourg 22:29​ – A Paris 25:08​ – Danse de la chandelle 28:08​ – La mer 33:08​ – Fête des pêcheurs 36:06​ – La complainte des infidèles 39:02​ – French-Cancan 40:32​ – La danse du serpent 43:27​ – Dieu de l’amour 46:10​ – Les beaux jours

48:17​ – Comme on est bien dans tes bras 50:35​ – La goualante du pauvre 53:17​ – Fleur de mon coeur 56:01​ – Le monde est grand 59:35​ – Iguaneros 01:02:00​ – Paris 01:03:58​ – I love Paris 01:06:40​ – La seine 01:10:48​ – Paris, je t’aime… D’amour 01:12:29​ – Moulin rouge 01:15:54​ – Les lavandières du Portugal 01:18:15​ – Mademoiselle de Paris

01:20:47​ – La chanson d’Orphée 01:23:24​ – Mon homme 01:23:03​ – Vénus 01:30:33​ – Paris in the Spring 01:32:34​ – Les amoureux d’ici 01:35:20​ – Parlez-moi d’amour 01:39:08​ – Les feuilles mortes 01:42:37​ – Pour toi seule 01:45:07​ – Sous le ciel de Paris 01:47:51​ – Le troisième homme

01:50:21​ – Paradis des hommes 01:53:00​ – Sophie 01:55:17​ – The Last Time I Saw Paris 01:57:18​ – Une rose rouge 02:00:05​ – Sous les ponts de Paris 02:01:19​ – J’ai deux amours


Michel Jean Legrand (Paris, February 24, 1932-Neuilly-sur-Seine, January 26, 2019) was a French composer and singer. He composed the music for more than two hundred films and won the Academy Award in Hollywood three times.

Son of composer Raymond Legrand and Marcelle Der Mikaëlian (sister of Jacques Hélian) and brother of singer Christiane Legrand, famous soloist of Les Swingle Singers (en:The Swingle Singers).

From the ages of 10 to 21, he studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music; later he studied seven years with Nadia Boulanger.

His musical inclinations always led him to write the lyrics of his songs and even to perform them.

Following the success of his first album I Love Paris, he worked with various jazz greats such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane on his next album Legrand Jazz.

When he started working on music for films, he was very successful, as he not only composed catchy songs but composed orchestral material with a strong lyrical sense.

His best-known work is The Umbrellas of Cherbourg from 1963, a classic of European musical cinema and the first completely sung film starring the young Catherine Deneuve. Also in The young ladies of Rochefort of 1965.
Closing concert of the XX edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival, 2017.

Much of his music was destined for French films (such as those by director Jean-Luc Godard), although he was also involved in the production of American films, such as The Thomas Crown affair (with its well-known theme The Windmills of Your Mind, ‘The windmills of your thought’), Summer of 42 and Yentl.

He composed the music for the children’s franchise Once Upon a Time… except for his first series, Once Upon a Time… Man (1978).

In the 1980s and 1990s he accompanied stars such as Björk, Ray Charles, Diana Ross and others with his band, also working with opera singers such as Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa and Natalie Dessay. In 2016 he was guest of honor by BAFICI and gave a concert at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

He has received 27 Grammy Award nominations, winning it five times.

Film Music

Lola (1960)
Une femme est une femme (1961)
Vivre sa vie (1962)
Les parapluies de Cherbourg(1963)
Bande à part (1964)
Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
Pretty Polly (1967)
Ice Station Zebra  (1968)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968); his song 'The Windmills of Your Mind' was nominated for an Oscar for best song (it illustrates an infinite cycle of mental machinations) 
The Happy Ending (1969), "What are you doing the rest of your life? Theme
The Picasso summer (1969)
Pieces of dreams (1969)
Lady Oscar (1969)
Brian's song (TV, 1970).
Wuthering heights (1970)
Summer of '42 
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
The Three Musketeers (1974)
Le Sauvage (1975)
Gulliver's Travels (1975)
La flûte à six schtroumpfs ("The Smurfs and the magic flute", "La flauta de los pitufos") (1976)
Les Uns et les Autres (1980)
Falling in love again (1981)
Best friends (1982)
The gift (1982)
Yentl (1983) 
Never say never again (1983) 
Eternity (1990)
Masque de Lune (Chase The Moon) (1991).


  • I Love Paris
  • Holiday in Rome
  • Vienna Holiday
  • Castles in Spain
  • Bonjour Paris
  • Legrand in Rio
  • I Love Movies
  • Legrand Jazz
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • Legrand Piano
  • The Columbia Album of Cole Porter
  • Music from the Films
  • The New I Love Paris
  • Strings on Fire
  • Paris a la Hi-Fi
  • Violent Violins
  • Broadway is My Beat
  • Rendezvous in Paris
  • The Michel Legrand Big Band Plays Richard Rogers
  • Michel Legrand Sings
  • Plays for Dancers
  • Michel Legrand at Shelly Manne’s Hole
  • Cinema Legrand
  • Themes and Variations
  • Twenty Songs of the Century
  • Images
  • After the Rain
  • Amour, Sh-K-Boom