Maurice Jarre: Film Music Composer Of The 20th Century

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Maurice Jarre, one of the most prolific film music composers in the 20th century, can very much be the guy who the past generation can trace every single tune they find themselves humming unintentionally, to quote The New York Times: "[He was] among the most sought-after composers in the movie industry." One doesn 't get that much attention unless they wholeheartedly deserve it, at least back then. Despite Jarre mainly composing for concert works, he 's mostly known for his film scores. He had one of the earliest composer/director cooperations with director David Lean, composing for most of his movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and the last movie Lean ever directed before he died, Ghost. He also had significant…show more content…
His composition basically made the whole movie indefinitely more spiritual, and shows tremendous understanding of eastern instruments such as the Oud and the flute. The Faith of Islam, one of the main titles of the movie 's score, had, and still has, so much impact on the Islamic world, that a big chunk of Muslims still identify with it. Another one is Fight, which was mainly used for fighting scenes in the movie, is the eastern equivalent of the Then comes Jacob 's Ladder, in my opinion, the most important movie Jarre ever worked on. Jacob 's Ladder is one of the first psychological horror movies that tried to implement a no scare-jumps, no monsters policy, it rely solely on the psychological effect that the movie leaves on its viewers for days after they watched it. The score can 't come any closer to the plot itself, just like how Jacob goes back and forth between reality and his hallucinations, the main title goes back and forth from being a classical composition of strings and piano to full on electronic experimental new wave sounds. And it suits the movie so well, one might think the plot is based on the score not the other way

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