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Oscar-winning French-Armenian composer Michel Legrand dies at 86
2019-01-26 13:43:36

The acclaimed French-Armenian composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars and five Grammys during a career spanning more than half a century, has died in Paris aged 86, his spokesperson said Saturday, France 24 reports. 

Legrand first won an Academy Award in 1969 for the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from the film "The Thomas Crown Affair".

He would go on to win two more, for "Summer of '42" (1972) and "Yentl" (1984), along with five Grammys.

A jazz lover, he wrote more than 200 film and TV scores in a glittering career that saw him collaborate with the likes of Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.

He is best remembered at home for working with French filmmaker Jacques Demy on the musicals "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964), "The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967) and "Donkey Skin" (1970).

Michel Legrand first visited Armenia in 2004 and performed at Republic Square with the legendary Charles Aznavour.

He returned to Armenia in 2009 at the invitation of the Armenian Youth Orchestra. Within the framework of the visit the composer was awarded Armenia's Order of Honor.

Legrand next visited Armenia in 2012 to celebrate his 80th birthday and participate in the closing ceremony of the Yerevan 6th International Music Festival.