Georges Auric

1899 (Lodève, France) – 1983 (Paris)

The precocious Auric wrote the first ever film-score, and is still perhaps under-appreciated as a composer. As a teenager he wrote about and befriended Satie, conversed intellectually with Maritan and Bloy, had his critical opinion sought by Apollinaire and a manifesto dedicated to him by Cocteau, and got to know Picasso, Jacob, Laurencin, Stravinsky and Braque. Poulenc was an inseparable lifelong friend. Auric had Ravel as page-turner at his first Paris concert, formed a so-called jazz-band with Milhaud on violin and Cocteau on percussion, was commissioned by Diaghilev, and set words by his friends Tzara and Radiguet.