Michel Legrand dies at the age of 86

Oscar-winning French musician’s work included score for ‘Umbrellas of Cherbourg’

File photograph of French composer Michel Legrand in Lyon, France. File photograph: AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

File photograph of French composer Michel Legrand in Lyon, France. File photograph: AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

 

Oscar-winning French composer and pianist Michel Legrand, whose work included the song Windmills of Your Mind and the score for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, has died at the age of 86.

Legrand last performed on stage just two months ago, and practised piano for an hour a day even as fatigue increasingly forced him to preserve his energy, said Claire de Castellane, who organised a recent series of solo piano concerts by Legrand.

Ms Castellane confirmed his death on Saturday, without giving any details.

Legrand was born on February 24th, 1932, and went on to win three Academy Awards, five Grammys and two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, among other honours, according to his official website.

He worked with famed lyricists in Hollywood and on Broadway, as well as with French New Wave directors. – AP