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Michel Colombier

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Michel Colombier
Born(1939-05-23)May 23, 1939
Lyon, France
DiedNovember 14, 2004(2004-11-14) (aged 65)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor
Years active1962–2003

Michel Colombier (23 May 1939 – 14 November 2004) was a French composer, arranger, and conductor.[1][2][3]


Colombier wrote the scores of several motion pictures and TV productions. He also wrote chamber music and ballets. With composer Pierre Henry he wrote music for Messe pour le temps présent, a piece created by choreographer Maurice Béjart in 1967. He released an album on A&M Records, Wings, in 1971, which included a collaboration with Lani Hall on lead vocal, his song "We Could Be Flying", with lyrics by Paul Williams. Recorded in Paris, with Colombier on piano, it was also included on the album Sun Down Lady, Lani Hall's first solo album after her years as lead singer for Sérgio Mendes and Brazil 66, released in 1972 on A&M Records.

Colombier's piece "Emmanuel" was named after and written in memory of his young son, who died in infancy. It was used by the French television channel Antenne 2 (now known as France 2), alongside an 80-second animation known as Les Hommes volants (The Flying Men), by Jean-Michel Folon, as part of its sign-on and sign-off sequences between 1975 and 1983 in addition to the cover of the 1977 re-release of his 1971 album Wings.


Colombier died from cancer shortly after midnight on 14 November 2004.[4] He left behind a widow, Dana Colombier, with whom he fathered two children. He is interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles.

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  1. ^ "Michel Colombier, 65; Composer Was Known for His Versatility". Los Angeles Times. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Patrick (19 November 2004). "Obituary: Michel Colombier". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Michel Colombier, French Composer, Dies at 65". The New York Times. Reuters. 21 November 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Michel Colombier – The Official Site". michelcolombier.com. 14 November 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2021.

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