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Georges Auric (15 February 1899 ‚Äď 23 July 1983) was a French composer, born in Lod√®vemarker, H√©rault, Languedoc-Roussillonmarker, Francemarker. He was a child prodigy and at age 15 he had his first compositions published. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, and under the composer Vincent D'Indy at the Schola Cantorummarker. Before he turned 20 he had orchestrated and written incidental music for several ballets and stage productions.

As a young student of at the Paris Conservatory in 1920, and, considered avant-garde, Auric became part of Satie and Cocteau‚Äôs famous group, Les Six, and was friends with the artist Jean Hugo. His participation led to writing settings of poetry and other texts as songs and musicals. During this time, he wrote his one act opera Sous le masque (1927). (An earlier opera, La Reine de coeur (1919), is lost.) It was also in 1927 that he contributed the Rondeau for the children's ballet L'√Čventail de Jeanne, a collaboration between ten French composers.

When Jean Cocteau started making motion pictures, at the beginning of the 1930s Auric began writing film scores. He wrote soundtracks for a number of French and British films, and his success led to writing the music for Hollywoodmarker movies, too. Several times, Auric’s work made it onto the hit parade, notably The Song from Moulin Rouge.

Grave of Georges Auric
notable among his film music is the lavishly impressionistic score that he wrote for Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946); other films include Passport To Pimlico (1948), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953), Roman Holiday (1953), Le Salaire de la Peur (1953), Lola Montes (1955), Rififi (1956), Notre-Dame de Parismarker (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Night Heaven Fell (1958), Goodbye Again (1961), and Therese and Isabelle (1968).

In 1962 he gave up writing for motion pictures when he became director of the Opéra National de Paris and then chairman of SACEM, the French Performing Rights Society. Auric continued to write classical chamber music, especially for winds, right up to his death.

Auric was interred at Montparnasse Cemeterymarker in Parismarker.

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