Brown Bread: Maurice Jarre

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From the Daily Telegraph obituary:

[Sam] Spiegel’s idea was that Jarre would write the dramatic music while two better-known composers, Aram Khatchaturian and Benjamin Britten, would handle the theme music. When neither man turned out to be available he turned to the Broadway composer Richard Rodgers. Rodgers beavered away, and eventually Spiegel summoned Lean to hear what he had produced, keeping Jarre in the background. Lean strongly disliked Rodgers’s efforts, so Spiegel asked Jarre if he had written anything.
Jarre proceeded to play what became the Lawrence of Arabia theme tune, and Lean was so impressed that he insisted that he should be given the whole job. That left Jarre with a mere six weeks to compose and, with a full 100-piece orchestra, rehearse and record more than two hours of music.

R.I.P. Maurice Jarre 1924-2009

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