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Marvin Hamlisch Dies at 68

By on August 7, 2012
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Marvin Hamlisch, one of the most decorated composers of our time… dies at the age of 68.  Let us take the time now to look at his life, his achievements, and his legacy.

 

Early Years

Born in New York City.

At the early age of 7, he already had a promising future before him.  He entered Julliard to study music.

His Work

Once he launched his career as a pianist, his first work experience was a rehearsal pianist on Funny Girl.  Role which put him in contact with renowned actress Barbara Streisand.  This landed him other roles in Broadway plays, and further collaboration with Barbara.  It was he who in his own words: “begged” the actress to lead in her award winning role in “The Way We Were”.  Starring Robert Redford.

Hamlisch’s music soon turned heads as he released his second greatest hit: “Nobody Does it Better”.  Followed by the theme song for James Bond’s: The Spy Who Loved Me.

It was hit after hit for Hamlisch.

This Great Composer achieved what only 11 people have: winning Emmy’s, Tony’s, Grammy’s, and Oscar’s.  Not to mention his Pulitzer Prize and countless nominations.  In addition to local recognition in his home state; New York.  He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

The Ambassador of Music - a fitting title for such an accomplished  composer.

Later Years

Hamlisch spent much of his time traveling and visiting both students of music as well as making public appearances at events.

It is said that he often criticized the cuts of Arts in Education.  As a product of one of the most prestigious Performance Art schools in the country, one can only share his viewpoint.

Monday August 6th, Hamlisch collapsed due to an illness.  A certain loss to the Art world.

 

The question now: Is there another Marvin Hamlisch in our midst?

 

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