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MAURICE JARRE - COMPOSER

Autographed partitur score of the French composer’s “Passacaile, a la memoire de Athur Honneger and dedicated to organist and musical gadfly Bernard Gavoty, For Bernard Gavoty, in memory of the premiere and some good Strasbourg memories.  The quarto score printed by Ricordi via their S. A. Editions Ricordi, Paris, plate R.1571, 1956., 83 pages of music.

 

Jarre’s most important musical mentor and teacher was Arthur Honegger.  After he passed away in November, 1955, Jarre composed this piece for orchestra in his memory.  The World Premiere occurred in Strasbourg, a town which had long accepted and performed Honegger’s works.  The first performance was presented on June 15, 1956 with the Strasbourg Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Ernest Bour.  Bour conducted a second performance at the Festival International de Musique d’Aix-en-Provence on July 25, 1956 and a third performance was performed with Bour leading the Studio-Orchester-Beromunster in Zurich later that year.

 

Jarre (1924-2009) was one of the most prolific and honored film composers in history.  He was born in Lyon and went to the Sorbonne to study engineering.  He left the Sorbonne and enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire to study composition against his Father’s wishes.  There he studied composition with Arthur Honegger, timpani with Felix Passerone and electronic music with cellist Maurice Martenot, the inventor of the Ondes Martenot the earliest electronic keyboard.  He joined the Theatre National Populaire in 1951 as Music Director, hired by Jean Vilar to write scores for plays and he scored 36.  His first film score was a joint effort with Louis Gaste and Philippe Gerard.  His first solo film score was with Director Georges Franju,  “La Tête contre les murs” which was released in 1959.  His career snowballed from there and eventually became his life’s work.  After scoring numerous French films, he moved to Los Angeles to score “Lawrence of Arabia in 1961, which went on to win the Academy Award for the best score in 1963.  He would go on to win two other Academy Awards, best score, “Doctor Zhivago” in 1965 and best score also for “A Passage to India” in 1985.  He also won numerous other awards including 4 Golden Globes, 2 BAFTA awards and a Grammy among the many.  IMBD gives him 174 credits as composer from 1952-2003.  Some of the other important films he scored are, “Behold a Pale Horse”, “The Night of the Generals”, “Isadora”, “Ryan’s Daughter”, “Plaza Suite”, “Pope Joan”, “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean”, “Ash Wednesday”, “Mandingo”, “The Man Who Would be King”, “The Last Tycoon”, “The Tin Drum”, “Lion of the Desert”, “Taps”, “The Year of Living Dangerously”, “Witness”, “Gorillas in the Mist”, “Dead Poets Society”, “Ghost”, “School Ties”, “Mr. Jones”, “A Walk In the Clouds” and “I Dreamed of Africa” are but a few.

 

A fine example of Jarre’s classical music compositions.