Adieu au compositeur de "Love story", Francis Lai

08 Novembre, 2018, 11:55 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Le compositeur Francis Lai le 13 mars 2017 lors de la première du film Claude Lelouch

Compositeur de musique de films à succès, il avait collaboré à plusieurs reprises avec Claude Lelouch, notamment sur "Un homme et Une femme", récompensé d'une Palme d'Or à Cannes en 1966. Tout le monde est capable de fredonner l'une de ses mélodies sublimes. "C'est avec une peine immense que j'apprends la mort de Francis Lai, formidable musicien et compositeur niçois, à qui nous devons notamment les musiques d " Un homme et une femme' et de 'Love Story' pour laquelle il avait reçu un oscar.

C'est le maire de Nice, Christian Estrosi, qui a annoncé le décès de ce Niçois mercredi dans un communiqué, indiquant que la Ville allait lui rendre hommage: "je proposerai prochainement à sa famille de donner son nom à un lieu emblématique de notre cité". "Nous partagions beaucoup de temps ensemble à Isola, où il avait une maison".

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Charles-Ange Ginésy, président du Département des Alpes-Maritimes, a salué un "enfant de Nice, fils d'horticulteurs sur la corniche des Oliviers" qui a "appris l'accordéon chez ses parents dès l'âge de 6ans". Pour Edith Piaf, il écrit sa première chanson, "le droit d'aimer". Parmi ses grands succès,"La Bicyclette" qu'il compose en 1968, sur des paroles de Pierre Barouh, avec Yves Montand comme interprète. Né à Nice, il était très attaché à la ville qui l'a vu naître. "À l'heure de le voir partir, ses immortelles bandes originales résonnent dans nos cœurs", a salué sur Twitter le ministre de la Culture Franck Riester.

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