Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

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Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby pljms » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:50 pm

Where do I begin to tell the story of Francis Lai?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=al8pqHSkKDQ
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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby blueonblue » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:12 pm

pljms wrote:Where do I begin?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=al8pqHSkKDQ


And the winner is....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goJh0kaW3LI

RIP Maestro.

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby steveo_1965 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:59 pm

Hi Blue,
Hope you are doing well..I was shocked to see the great Francis had passed..I dont know what I was expecting..as he lived a pretty long life..but one just kind of goes along in life, thinking our heroes are living and with us...yes, it was a shock, and I felt and still feel sadness for the loss of Francis...RIP and thanks for all the great music, Mr.Lai

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby Sara D » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:20 am

Yes, even when it may be as much as forty or fifty years since they wrote their best-loved music it still feels like a terrible loss when great composers go.

I love to hear all the sumptuous chords to perhaps Francis Lai's most famous tune played on the piano.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=izotHO8p8h4
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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby Djalma Junior » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:53 am

Another great musician who leaves us.
We're speechless. Sadness.

RIP Francis Lai.

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby blueonblue » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:53 am

steveo_1965 wrote:Hi Blue,
Hope you are doing well..I was shocked to see the great Francis had passed..I dont know what I was expecting..as he lived a pretty long life..but one just kind of goes along in life, thinking our heroes are living and with us...yes, it was a shock, and I felt and still feel sadness for the loss of Francis...RIP and thanks for all the great music, Mr.Lai


steveo
Great to hear from you !
One composer (who is still with us) celebrates his 90th birthday today...Ennio Morricone.
And like Burt he's still working !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxuvJU0MVaU

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby steveo_1965 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:14 pm

Yes Blue,
Good to know on Ennio..heres my favorite "Lai" tune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnCMTJlyaUs The bridge is breathtakingly beautiful... : )anybody that doesnt smile when they hear that part are dead or they have a tin ear!
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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby pljms » Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:05 am

I believe 'Vivre pour Vivre' was Francis Lai's second major film score after 'Un Homme et une Femme'. Here is the main title theme sung in the picture by Annie Girardot.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-zMzjaMf9i0
Paul

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby Martin Johnson » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:35 am

I remember holidaying in Nice a number of years back and finding out that Lai was a bit of a local celebrity having lived there for most if not all of his life. This most Gallic of composers strayed into Antonio Carlos Jobim territory for his theme to 'The Bobo', a film from around '67 or '68 that starred Peter Sellers:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uDmCeEDyhCc

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby pljms » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:28 am

I've just listened to BBC Radio 4's obituary show 'The Last Word' which this week featured Francis Lai (pronounced 'Lie') and they played a powerful piece of his that was originally from the soundtrack of 'Un Homme et une Femme' and which was adapted for use as the theme to BBC TV's current affairs program, 'Panorama'.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rIDEvrt6CTU
Paul

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby blueonblue » Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:46 pm

pljms wrote:I've just listened to BBC Radio 4's obituary show 'The Last Word' which this week featured Francis Lai (pronounced 'Lie') and they played a powerful piece of his that was originally from the soundtrack of 'Un Homme et une Femme' and which was adapted for use as the theme to BBC TV's current affairs program, 'Panorama'.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rIDEvrt6CTU


Pure Genius !

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby Sara D » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:38 am

I first became aware of the song 'À Bicyclette' as recorded by Yves Montand on a family holiday in France in the early 70s but it was only fairly recently that I discovered it was composed by Lai.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzbrjxqwpoo

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Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Postby pljms » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:09 am

Francis Lai's music was by far and away the best thing about 'The Bobo', which despite being a vehicle for Peter Sellers was a remarkably unfunny film. The beautiful and haunting theme entitled 'Imagine', so typical of Lai, was performed on the soundtrack by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pE-UmYCvWGk
Paul


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