Maurice-Alexis Jarre (13 September 1924, Lyon, France – 28 March 2009, Malibu, Calif.) was a French composer and conductor.
Jarre first enrolled in the engineering school at the Sorbonne, but decided to pursue music courses instead. He left the Sorbonne against his father's will and enrolled at the Conservatoire de Paris to study composition and harmony, and chose percussion as his major instrument. He became director of the Théâtre National Populaire and recorded his first film score in France in 1951.
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), Lion of the Desert (1981), 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.
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.
Works for Winds
- Lara's Theme from "Doctor Zhivago" (arr. Whitcomb) (1965/1967)
- Lion of the Desert (1983)
- Longest Day, The (1983)
- Theme from "Lawrence of Arabia" (arr. Heide) (1962/2006)
- Theme from "Lawrence of Arabia" (arr. Reed; ed. Rogers) (1963/1963/1989)
- Themes from "Doctor Zhivago" (arr. Whitcomb) (1965/1966)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Maurice Jarre." Accessed 19 February 2016.
- Maurice Jarre, Wikipedia Accessed 19 February 2016