Maurice-Alexis Jarre was a French composer and conductor, \"one of the giants of 20th century film music\" who was \"among the most sought-after composers in the movie industry\" and \"a creator of both subtle underscoring and grand, sweeping themes, not only writing for conventional orchestras... but also experimenting with electronic sounds later in his career. \"\nAlthough he composed several concert works, Jarre is best known for his film scores, particularly for his collaborations with film director David Lean. Jarre composed the scores to all of Lean's films from Lawrence of Arabia on. Notable scores for other directors include The Train, Mohammad, Messenger of God, Lion of the Desert, Witness and Ghost.
Jarre was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Three of his compositions spent a total of 42 weeks on the UK singles chart; the biggest hit was \"Somewhere My Love\" by the Mike Sammes Singers, which reached Number 14 in 1966 and spent 38 weeks on the chart.
Jarre was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning three in the Best Original Score category for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India, all of which were directed by David Lean.