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Lalo Schifrin

Biography

As both a pianist and composer, Lalo Schifrin has made an indelible mark on twentieth century music. He got his start in New York playing with Dizzy Gillespie's quintet in the early 1960s, but soon moved on to front his own Bossa Nova trio. Finally, he dove into the lucrative field of Film Soundtracks, becoming one of the most prolific film composers in history. Schifrin is responsible for the world's single most famous tune in five/four: the theme from Mission: Impossible has set the standard for catchy, compelling film soundtracks, and of course, inspired countless college marching bands. His non-soundtrack work consists of elegantly orchestrated Third Stream compositions, which bridge the gaps between jazz, Afro-Brazilian rhythm, and modern classical orchestration. Few composers can boast Schifrin's gift for setting a mood, whether it be suspense, romance, terror, or exaltation.
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