Awesome Music / Maurice Jarre

  • Jarre's most successful works were collaborations with director David Lean. All three earned him Oscars.
  • The Longest Day theme (together with Beethoven's DA DA DA DAA!!! DA DA DA DAA!!!)
  • Just as notable are his collaborations with Peter Weir. The films on which the composer collaborated would not have been even half as good without his music.
    • Conceptually speaking, Jarre's score to Witness shouldn't work as it's played entirely on synthesisers (particularly the New England Digital Synclavier) and the Amish wouldn't go near a synth, and yet it's uplifting without being sentimental.
    • The final scene of Dead Poets Society is epic, in no small part thanks to the music.
  • There's a particular piece of heroic fanfare in Ghost that plays up as the scene where he hounds his murderer to an early grave. Kind of gives that extra righteous kick to it.
  • The composer's score to No Way Out, featuring heavy use of the Roland D-50 synthesizer, is one of his greatest achievements. For a sample, here's the main theme.
  • The score to Enemy Mine is one of Jarre's best.
  • The score to Firefox, most notably when Gant is walking towards the hangar; the camera pans down and a Scare Chord plays as we get our first look at the titular aircraft.
  • Jarre's haunting score to Jacob's Ladder was sadly not nominated for an Oscar despite all the praise it recieved.


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