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Roger Crittenden. Georges Delerue 12 March — 20 March was a French composer who composed over scores for cinema and television. The French newspaper Le Figaro named him "the Mozart of cinema. He was raised in a musical household; his grandfather led an amateur chorale group and his mother sang and played piano at family gatherings. By the age of fourteen he was playing clarinet at the local music conservatory. In he was forced to abandon his studies at the Turgot Institute in order to work at a factory to help support his family.
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He continued playing clarinet with local bands, eventually transitioning to piano under the instruction of Madame Picavet-Bacquart. Following a long convalescence after being diagnosed with scoliosis , Georges decided to become a composer. To help support himself, he took jobs playing at dances, baptisms, marriages, and funerals—even performing jazz in the piano bars near the Paris Opera.
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In he received an honorable mention for the Rome Prize, and the following year he won the Second Grand Rome Prize. In he began directing the orchestra of the Club d'Essai for French National Radio and Television, and scored his first television drama Princes du sang.
In he wrote his first compositions for historical spectacles of light and sound, Lisieux and The Liberation of Paris. During his 42 years career he put his talent to the service of nearly feature movies, short ones, 70 TV films and 35 TV serials. Delerue composed the music for five of the films made by the noted British director Jack Clayton.
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Unhappy with the sinister tone of Clayton's original cut, the studio took control of the film, and held it back from release for over a year. To Delerue's great disappointment, Disney also insisted on the removal of his original music which was considered 'too dark' , and replaced it with a new, 'lighter' score by American composer James Horner. Speaking later about the rejection of his score, Delerue said: "It was extremely painful This was issued by Universal France along with Delerue's music for the film Regarding Henry in a limited edition of CDs, as the inaugural release of its "Ecoutez le Cinema!
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Delerue made cameo appearances in La nuit americaine and Les deux anglaises et le continent. According to many testimonies he would do and redo some cues to fit the new editing of a sequence without any protestation. He insisted on being allowed to orchestrate and conduct himself in order to polish every detail.
Georges Delerue had a great talent for melody and for creating surrounding overtones which encapsulated the spirit of the movies on which he collaborated, enhancing them often beyond the expectations of their directors. Georges Delerue died on 20 March from a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 67, just after recording the last cue for the soundtrack to Rich in Love.
Georges Delerue composed the musical scores for feature films, television movies, television series, documentaries, and short films. The following is a list of feature films for which he composed the music.