Composer Marvin Hamlisch dead at 68
August 7th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Composer Marvin Hamlisch dead at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, a prolific composer who put together musical ensembles for an array of movies, television and theater shows, has died, his agent confirmed Tuesday.

His work over a four-decade career earned him three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards, composing more than 40 scores for films that include "The Way We Were" and "The Sting."

On Broadway, he wrote music for the Pulitzer Prize-winning show "A Chorus Line," as well as "They're Playing Our Song" and "The Goodbye Girl." Hamlisch was 68.

"Music is truly an international language," Hamlisch said on his official website. "And I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can."

Social media was abuzz Tuesday with reflections about the legendary composer and the legacy he left.

"The evenings we spent with you and the Pittsburgh Pops are memories that will last forever," Jean Elliot Boyer wrote on his official Facebook page."Your banter with the audience and your down-to-earth style will stay with me forever."

"The world will miss your gift," wrote Gail Dwyer.

The Juilliard School of Music graduate held the principal pops conductor post at various American orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Pasadena, San Diego and Seattle Symphonies.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Curiosity

    What killed the poor man? Cause of death?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kay

    He will be missed terribly in Dallas, where he had been principal Pops symphony conductor for the past two years. He was a giant among musicians and a delight to watch. We loved him dearly.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @Rascal Rabble
    I think dude is a couple fries short of a Happy Meal.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stephanie Young

    A great loss of a gifted, well known talent. Heaven will be a more melodic place now. 🙂

    August 10, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Saad Shibli Asc

    God blessed upon him. i think music is is only language which give love to all . Saad Shibli

    August 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
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