He also wrote symphonic music for theatre, ballet and television, including the 1970s mini-series Jesus of Nazarath. Jarre, who moved to the US in the 1960s, was married four times and is the father of Jean-Michel Jarre, a pioneer of electronic music. One of his final public appearances was at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where he received a lifetime achievement award.
At the time, festival director Dieter Kosslick paid tribute to Jarre saying: “Film composers often are in the shadows of great directors and acting stars. “It’s different with Maurice Jarre – the music of Doctor Zhivago, like much of his work, is world-famous and remains unforgettable in cinema history.”