Marvin Hamlisch on Film and in the WQXR Studio


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Saturday, August 11, 2012

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!

Comments [3]

Michael Stoll from Bristol Indiana, Cedarville, Michigan

Thanks for the Great Show / Discussion... very sensitive reporting!

In the '70s I worked for Crown International, Elkhart, Indiana, manufacturer of High End Audio Equipment and Reel to Reel tape recorders.

I was tasked with assembling a high end audio system for Marvin.
What a fun / learning experience!

It had to be perfect!.... and it was!

Michael Stoll, Bristol, Indiana, and Cedarville, Michigan.

Aug. 14 2012 10:22 AM
Ellen Extract from Greenwich Village, NYC

Thank you so much for this evening's broadcast celebrating the genius of Marvin Hamlisch. His music and personal commentary contributed to the warmth of the show.

Aug. 11 2012 10:18 PM
Stephanie J. Hughes from manchester, NJ

Thank you so much for having this show. The man was a gift to us all that was taken much too soon. Marvin Hamlisch, you will - are - missed already!

Aug. 11 2012 10:04 PM

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