Lawrence of Arabia
Maurice Jarre

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Maurice Jarre was not the first choice to score this 1962 wartime desert epic.

He wasn't even the second or third choice! Jarre became involved in the film after both William Walton and Malcolm Arnold had proved unavailable. Despite this, and the brief six weeks he was given to write the score, Jarre came through with music that perfectly captures director David Lean's vast desert setting. One of cinema's most famous themes immediately whisks you off to expanses of sand and blazing heat. Jarre's mix of orchestra and exotic percussion evokes the romance of the desert. It earned him an Academy Award and ranked number three on the American Film Institute's top twenty-five American film scores.