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Legend film composer Maurice Jarre dies, 84

OSCAR-WINNING composer Maurice Jarre, who captured the majesty of the desert in his music for "Lawrence of Arabia" and wrote the haunting "Lara's Theme" in his score for "Doctor Zhivago," has died. He was 84.

Jarre died in his villa in California, where he had lived for decades, said friend Bernard Miyet yesterday. No cause of death was given.

"The world of film music is mourning one of its last great figures," Miyet said.

Born in 1924 in Lyon, France, Jarre studied music at the Conservatoire de Paris, training initially as a kettledrum player.

In 1961 he worked on director David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia," for which he won his first Oscar. He won another two Oscars on Lean films, "Doctor Zhivago" and "A Passage to India." Jarre's musical style was noted for his use of ethnic instruments and later synthetic sounds. In 1989 he layered Celtic harp and flute over synthesizers in the soundtrack for "Dead Poet's Society."

Jarre is survived by two sons, screenwriter Kevin and electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel, as well as a daughter, Stefanie.


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