Michel Legrand – Summer Of ’42 Piano Sheet Music Michel Legrand Michel Michel Michel Michel Michel Michel Michel Michel Michel Schindler’s List
M ost people know the Hollywood classic film “The Pianist” about a young Jewish pianist’s struggles during the early stages of World War II. Few people know that Michel Legrand was actually born in a concentration camp; his family were Jewish refugees who had fled Poland to escape the advancing German soldiers. Michel’s father was an inventor and engineer, but Michel always felt like he needed to do something else with his life. He studied law school and accounting, but he found it boring and unchallenging. Michel Legrand wanted to have a job that involved performing in front of people! Michel decided to become a composer at the age of 19. Michel’s father suggested that Michel go to Paris. He did and was accepted into the Paris Conservatory (a music school). His teachers there strongly encouraged Michel to study classical music. Michel followed their advice, but he never found the composers of the past particularly interesting or inspiring. Michel wrote songs for singers, including famous French singers Johnny Hallyday and Edith Piaf. Michel Legrand did not want to write what was expected of him; instead he wanted to create his own unique style of music. Michel even began to experiment with jazz for a while, but Michel felt very constrained by the rules and traditions of this music genre. Michel Legrand decided to make his own rules! Michel’s earliest songs were written about love and other topics that Michel thought were “safe”. The songs became popular in France at the time.