Throughout his life he composed a large range of works, but in particular, he composed many ballets – around 15 in fact – and any film scores, seeing particular success with the film Moulin Rouge (dir. J. Huston, 1952). Auric’s early style was characterised by its brilliant and often aggressive sound, with many of his best works being described as having a ‘certain unpretentious charm’. His later output shows a certain expressionism and seriousness with his much later works evincing his interest in the avant garde in a brief flirtation with serialism. He is a source of much interest – although a significant public figure, Auric was a very private and secretive person, about whom very little is actually known. There is not even a complete list of his works. In the words of Jeremy Drake, ‘though he is most at ease in stage and film music, Auric has a delicate sense of poetry that comes out particularly in his songs and instrumental slow movements’. He died on July 23rd 1983, having established himself as a significant force within twentieth century French music.