Composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Monday in Los Angeles at age 68. He was most famous as the composer of the musical "A Chorus Line" and for his arrangements of Scott Joplin's rags for the 1973 film "The Sting." But Hamlisch also wrote powerful and interesting dramatic scores for movies, and occasionally said he wished that side of his work were better known.
David Garland presents some of Hamlisch's first film score, composed for 1968's "The Swimmer," based on a John Cheever story, and starring Burt Lancaster. Plus selections from Hamlisch's scores for "Sophie's Choice," "The Mirror Has Two Faces," and "The Spy Who Loved Me."
Also featured is something very special from the WQXR archives: highlights from Marvin Hamlisch's 1998 visit to our studios, during which he played piano and discussed his film scores with WQXR's Midge Woolsey!