The death has just been announced on Radio France of André Hodeir, a French jazz composer who had his greatest hit with Bitter Ending, a setting of the finale of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, recorded by the Swingles.
Hodeir founded the Jazz Groupe de Paris in 1954 and wrote scores for many films, among them Autour d’un récif (Jean-Yves Cousteau, 1949), Saint-Tropez. Devoirs de vacances (Paul Paviot, 1953), Une Parisienne (Michel Boisrond, 1957) and Les Tripes au Soleil (Claude Bernard-Aubert, 1958).
He was also a close associate of Pierre Boulez and the serialist avant-garde. Here‘s the Radio France obit.