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Leo Arnaud

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Leo Arnaud


Leo Arnaud (24 July 1904, Lyon, France – 26 April 1991, Hamptonville, N.C.) was a French-American composer.

The composer studied composition at conservatories in Lyon and Paris with Maurice Ravel and Vincent d'Indy. After playing as a jazz trombonist in France using the name Leo Vauchant and arranging for the Jack Hylton band in England from 1928 to 1930, he immigrated to the United States in 1931. He worked in Hollywood as an arranger for Fred Waring before joining Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as an arranger, composer, and orchestrator from 1936 to 1966.

During World War II, he served as a commander in the United States Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific.

Arnaud received an academy Award nomination in 1966 for his score to The Unsinkable Molly Brown. He was knighted by Spain in 1956 and by Finland in 1965.

Of his film scores, best known is Bugler's Dream, which is used as the theme by television networks presenting the Olympic Games in the United States.

In 1980, Arnaud left Hollywood and retired to Yadkin County, North Carolina. His wife, Faye Brooks Arnaud, was a native of the area.

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