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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

We close this hour with a remembrance of a man who needs no further introduction than this.

(Soundbite of film score "Lawrence of Arabia")

BLOCK: That, of course, is the soundtrack to "Lawrence of Arabia," one of the three Oscar-winning film scores written by Maurice Jarre.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

The French-born composer and conductor wrote music for more than 150 films over five decades. His orchestral scores have been described as majestic, full-bodied, soaring, rich and lyrical.

In addition to "Lawrence of Arabia," Jarre's two other Oscars were for "A Passage to India" and "Doctor Zhivago." All three were collaborations with British film director David Lean.

(Soundbite of music)

BLOCK: Maurice Jarre believed that music should be a central part of any film, and he wanted to be brought into the production process as early as possible. That didn't happen with "Lawrence of Arabia."

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said he had just six weeks to compose and record two hours of music. Jarre called it a real panic time.

Later with "Doctor Zhivago," he was involved from the beginning, and he said that was much better.

NORRIS: Jarre's work continued through the '80s and '90s writing music for films as varied as "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome," "Gorillas in the Mist," "Dead Poets Society" and the supernatural thriller, "Ghost," starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

(Soundbite of music)

BLOCK: Maurice Jarre made one of his last public appearances last month, when he was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival. He died of cancer in Los Angeles yesterday. He was 84 years old.

(Soundbite of music)

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