12 March 1925, Roubaix, France, d. 20 March 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA. An important composer of film music for well over 150 features, from the early 50s through to the 90s. Delerue won a scholarship to the prestigious Paris Conservatoire, where he was encouraged to develop his interest in music for the screen. In 1952 Delerue composed new scores for two early 20s silent films, Le Chapeau De Paille DeItalie and Les Deux Timides, and, in 1956, he served as musical director for a series of short films by Alain Resnais, and then for Raymond Rouleaus The Witches Of Salem (1957). Two years later he co-composed the scores for Le Bel Age (with Alain Goraguer), and Hiroshima Mon Amour (with Giovanni Fusco). In 1960 Delerue made Shoot The Piano Player, the first of a celebrated series of films with Francois Truffaut, one of Frances premier new wave directors. Their other collaborations included Jules And Jim; Love At Twenty; The Soft...
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