Michel Legrand, composer of ‘Windmills of Your Mind,’ dies 86

Supporting Actor Streetcar Named Desire 1951

Michel Legrand (February 24, 1932 – January 26, 2019) was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand was a prolific composer, he wrote over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many memorable songs. He is best known for his often haunting, jazz-tinged film music. His celebrated scores for the films of French New Wave director Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), earned Legrand his first Academy Award nominations. Legrand won his first Oscar for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).

Legrand died in Paris on 26 January 2019 at the age of 86. Cause of death was not released. He remained active until his death and had concerts scheduled to take place in the spring.

Windmills of your Mind

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