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Lalo Schifrin is the composer of music scores for Mission: Impossible, Bullitt, Dirty Harry and Enter The Dragon. Listen to the multi-Oscar nominee, film score composer and pianist talk about his colourful career in this Fireside Chat on Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

Albeit the term 'living legend' is as clichéd as a romance in Paris, Lalo Schifrin (*1932) is precisely that and much more besides: pianist, composer, conductor, multi-Grammy winner, multi-Oscar nominee, film score genius; the list goes on...



Schifrin started his musical career - while studying law and music - in 1955 in Paris. After having played the piano with Astor Piazolla, he returned to his native city of Buenos Aires to form a 16-piece jazz orchestra that performed regularly on Argentinian television. A meeting with Dizzy Gillespie resulted in a move to New York with Lalo Schifrin becoming the pianist and musical director for Gillespie's quintet.

Schifrin continued his work in TV, winning an Emmy for his radical re-arrangement of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. theme tune, headed to Hollywood to compose the unforgettable theme tune to the Mission: Impossible TV series, and scored classic Clint Eastwood films such as Coogan’s Bluff and Dirty Harry, not to mention Steve McQueen’s ultimate car chase movie, Bullitt.


Lalo has since had an incredible career and over the last 50 years has provided music for over 100 movies, including classics like The Cincinnati Kid, Cool Hand Luke, Che!, Kelly’s Heroes, The Eagle Has Landed, Enter The Dragon, The Amityville Horror, The Fourth Protocol - the list goes on and on.

Still composing and widely sampled by many of today’s producers (check Portishead’s Sour Times, for which producer Geoff Barrow recycled Schifrin’s The Danube Incident), the legend of Lalo Schifrin is still being written.

Schifrin: “Stravinsky said that music has no purpose but to express itself. I think that's a little bit too extreme. For me, the purpose of music is to get to the emotions of people.”

Listen to the maestro taking you through his career in a Fireside Chat on Red Bull Music Academy Radio:



Astor Piazzolla feat. Lalo Schifrin - Preparense - Lakeside
Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra - Toccata - Verve
Lalo Schifrin - Bossa Nova Em Nova York - Audio Fidelity
Lalo Schifrin - Prelude No. 2 - Verve
Paul Horn - Interludium - RCA Victor
Lalo Schifrin - The Cincinnati Kid - MGM Records
Lalo Schifrin feat. Shirley Bassey - The Liquidator - MGM Records
Lalo Schifrin - Mission: Impossible - Hip-O
Lalo Schifrin - Secret Code - DOT Records
Lalo Schifrin - Hunt Down - Paramount Records
Lalo Schifrin - Bullitt (Main Title) - Warner
Lalo Schifrin - Che! - Polydor
Lalo Schifrin - Battle Hymn Of The Republic - MGM Records
Lalo Schifrin - Dirty Harry’s Creed - WEA International
Lalo Schifrin - Danube Incident - Paramount Records
Lalo Schifrin - Enter The Dragon (Main Theme) - Warner
Lalo Schifrin - Jaws - CTI
Lalo Schifrin - The Eagle Has Landed (Main Title) - Warner
Lalo Schifrin - Tango Del Atardecer - Deutsche Grammophon

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