Remembering Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012)

Mr. Marvin Hamlisch (June 2nd, 1944 — Aug 6th, 2012)

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We will miss Marvin’s smile and his genuine gift in the world.   It was so special.

To Make Contributions to the Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship Fund at Juilliard:

Please send donations to the following:

Juilliard School Development Office.

Attention: Riccardo Salmona

60 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023

He will continue to be remembered, as the music he created lives on and is shared with future generations.

 Truly a great in the music world — he will be sorely missed. — D&D



In Memoriam:



  1. The world has lost one of the most remarkable individuals it will ever encounter; Marvin was a true spirit, both inside and out and no soul will ever come close to comparing to such a brilliant man. I will forever remember the amazing lessons he taught me about life, music, and the beauty of the city. Marvin, play that big piano in the sky and know how many lives you touched while you were here. Terre, you are always on my mind and constantly in my prayers. All of my love and hugs go to you. From this point on, we’ll always remember, when we remember, the way we were. <3

  2. I have loved Marvin Hamlisch’s music for many years. He wrote some true tear jerkers. Notable music that makes me cry — The Way We Were, Looking Through The Eyes of Love and What I did for Love.
    This year I was privileged to direct a production of “A Chorus Line” in Adelaide, South Australia with the invaluable assistance of Baayork Lee. This musical has held an extremely special place in my heart for many years.
    Thank you for some wonderful music and memories.

  3. I met Mr. Hamlisch at Dulles Airport about two years ago. He was getting onto an L.A.-bound flight, I was going to Chicago. I saw him on line at Starbucks, and told him that I was a fan. He could not have been more gracious, or kind. He put down his bags, and his coffee, and asked me where I was going and what I did. I was so taken aback that such a well known person would be so gracious to think about me, and not himself. I mentioned that I loved the “Kander and Ebb” medley that he arranged for Liza at Carnegie Hall, and without missing a beat, he smiled and said “Yeah. That wasn’t bad, was it?” What a nice man. Much sympathy and condolences to the family.

  4. Donna and I were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Marvin’s passing. Knowing him was a privilege, a joy, and, indeed, a blessing. His legions of devoted friends surely feel the same. He touched so many people he knew, and so many more who he didn’t know. We will always cherish our memories of times in Marvin’s company. Marvin had the gifts of a genius, but the kindness and ease of a friend. His work will be remembered forever, from “A Chorus Line” to “The Way We Were” to the dozens upon dozens of other classic, beautiful scores and melodies that will charm and enthrall generations to come. And Marvin was a kind and decent man, and a true friend. He was as good as he was great. Most of all, as he put it best, it’s the laughter we will remember. We will miss him dearly.

  5. I’ve enjoyed his music for the past 50 yrs and Marvin Hamlisch will live on through his melodies. Mr. Hamlisch was a genius and stands alone as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. We’ll all miss his wit, smile and compositions for the rest of our lives. His loss is incalculable, we rejoice in knowing him if only for a short time. May he rest in peace.

  6. I had the supreme honor of performing in concerts with Mr. Hamlisch just this past May 2012 in an Armed Forces Tribute and for the the first time in 2011 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Will always cherish those memories. He will be greatly missed.

  7. I loved your talented music. It was a gift for everyone’s heart and soul. You will be sorly missed. You were such a wonderful mensch and not to be forgotten today, tomorrow and always. Thank you! Yetta Schwartz

  8. I well miss the one who made the music
    this world has lost someone special
    The kindness of his Heart
    we’ll always remember
    Each time his song plays,
    his music will be loved.
    Steven wilhelm

  9. A great composer — a marvelous contribution to film and theatre music. Great respect to this man.

  10. The first time I saw A Chorus Line, I fell in love with Marvin Hamlisch both the music and the man. He was a genius as a composer and musician and entertainer. You couldn’t help not love him. We have lost one of the greatest. I am sad and feel a part of my life was taken.

  11. I first saw you when I was 6 years old at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. My family sat about 4 rows back, center stage and each year you would have something funny to say to me during the show. As time went by, you spoke of more interesting things to me. I was always embarrassed, but I loved your music. I am now 15, and don’t worry Mr. H, as long as I am alive, you music will be with my generation. I pray for your family during this time.

  12. They say you can’t take it with you, but I say that they are wrong, as all I know is something big is gone…the world has lost a genius; the Yankees have lost one of their biggest fans; and we have all lost the background music that carrie us from scene to scene in our lives. It hurts. And I am very sad.

  13. mr. hamlisch will be sorely missed. his musical genius, his manner of being personable and humorous, will never be matched. he left the world too soon.

  14. I’m a composer who has always loved Mr Hamlisch’s music. His wonderful songs inspired and influenced me. Very sad to hear of his passing.

  15. Marvin was one of the most amazing musicians I have ever met and worked with. He was brilliant, and at a point in his career when many would have sat back and relaxed, he continued to work tirelessly to keep creating great music. He was generous — with his time and his talent helping both people and organizations who needed it.

    The world is a better place for his having been here and a lot emptier for his leaving.

  16. My Marvin Hamlisch Moment:

    Late 80’s NYC Time Square area rain storm I duck under a canopy to catch a cab at a hotel. Rushing out the door is a tall guy as I hail the cab he grabs the cab before I can make a further move. Next thing they begin to take off rain is coming down in buckets the cab pulls back in the guy invites me to share the cab apologies for running off. I look at him say hello and realize who it is be fore I could say another word he says I am Marvin Marvin Hamlisch and shakes my hand. He then says were are you headed my treat the cab fare we chatted briefly about my visit to NYC for the short cab ride he shook my hand as I got out of the cab and we wished each other a good day.

  17. At, our mission is to highlight the artists who define LA and NY. Of course, Marvin was at the top of the list. He was a global sensation. I was honored to have met him. I will truly miss his great talent. There is a profound sense of loss. Where we do we go from here? Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  18. Thank you Mr. Hamlisch for the most melodious music you have given all of us. You will be heard for many generations to come. The world will miss you. Rest in peace and our heartfelt condolences to his family on this untimely passing of Mr. Hamlisch.

  19. Such a loss for the industry and the world! Gone far too soon, he leaves a void that will not soon be filled. We were lucky to have him in our midst. He really was a singular sensation…

  20. Thank you, Mr Hamlisch for sharing your tremendous gifts. My appreciation for ragtime music started with hearing your orchestration of The Entertainer. Your contributions are milestones in American music, theater and film history. I’m grateful to have been part of your audience.

  21. The music will always be the “memories” to remind us of a great composer. Thank you!

  22. What a sad loss for the world now that Marvin has passed on. But the legacy and memories he leaves behind will be cherished forever. Thank you Marvin for all the joy you brought to us.

  23. Totally cried the minute I heard. I had the pleasure of enjoying Mr. Hamlisch’s talents over the years from his contributions on Broadway to film and the honor of seeing him lead the National Symphony Orchestra. His on stage persona was as magical as his musical talents engaging the audience as if we were friends enjoying a private concert and specifically addressing the youngest memember of the audience to promote their continued interest in the arts. On a personal note, I adopted the “Way we Were” as my son’s lullaby 27 years ago and continue using it for my grandchildren. He will be greatly missed; I just know he had so much more to give us.

  24. His music has been a part of my life since I was 3 years old and I held the soundtrack album of “The Sting” in my hands. I listened to it a thousand times. I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy his talents. So many gifts he brought to this world.

  25. Marvin…it was an honor to know you during all your years in Pittsburgh. As a musical genius, you were unique, as a person, you were as sincere and approachable as the guy next door. As others have said, knowing you, it was easy to forget that you were “THE” Marvin Hamlisch. Pittsburgh has lost an adopted son, and those associated with the Pittsburgh Symphony, a true friend.

  26. Your ballads were the soundtrack to a great portion of my youth. Thanks for your sweet contributions to this world.

  27. CON GRAN PESAR Y TRISTEZA, en México nos hemos enterado de la muerte del maestro MARVIN HAMLISCH. Hoy, en el NOTICIARIO que conduzco le he rendido un homenaje, recordando pasajes de THE WAY WE WERE, A CHORUS LINE, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE STING y… ICE CASTLES. WOOOW! Especialmente lo recuerdo por haber dirigido los conciertos de BARBRA STREISAND. Un genio musical.
    GRACIAS, MARVIN. Tú música llenó de felicidad muchos momentos de nuestras vidas.

  28. What an emotional day and evening as I remember The great Marvin Hamlisch! Upon hearing his music several times today on various television networks, as they pay tribute, my tears flowed as I remember how moved I always was by his wonderful songs. God Bless You, Mr Hamlisch.

  29. Whether beautiful ballads such as “What I did for love” or the brilliant adaptation of Scott Joplin for “Sting”, Marvin demonstrated warmth and a deep love of all music and an appreciation for his audience. Heaven is a much happier place tonight. God bless you!

  30. I have a short wonderful story about how nice of a man Mr. Hamlisch was. Last year my wife, my 4 year old daughter and I went to see Mr. Hamlisch with the Milwaukee Symphony. We were lucky enough to get front row seats. The first thing Mr. Hamlisch did when he walked out on stage is notice my daughter Sabrina and went right over to her as he told the audience we have my youngest fan ever in the audience this afternoon; what is your name and how old are you? Well, throughout the rest of the show he often talked to my daughter asking if his music “sounded Okay” and really made her feel very welcome and comfortable at his performance. My wife and I were just over joyed at how wonderful he was to her. The Stelmach Family along with millions of others around the world will miss you Mr. Hamlisch. We thank you for all of the wonderful music you wrote which made our lives just a little bit better!

  31. To Mr. Hamlisch’s family:

    Your music inspired us ! Your music lifted us ! Your music made us whistle along and tap our toes ! Your music made us swoon ! Your music made us cry !
    Your music made us laugh ! Your music brought us peace !

    God bless you and your music. It will live in our hearts forever.

  32. I had the truly privilege of exchanging a couple of words with Mr Hamlish at the Colonial Stadium in Melbourne on my very first Barbra Concert and he wasnt not only tremendously kind but also a great musician on that profound experience of my life! I will always remember that day and his music.

  33. Thank you, Mr. Hamlisch for the beautiful legacy of music you leave behind for future generations. With your passing, Earth will never be the same, and surely Heavens’ music will never be same with with you conducting. God Bless and keep you.

  34. Marvin Hamlisch was the consumate musician, composer, arranger, and conductor. He leaves behind a legacy of wonderful music that will last through the ages. R.I.P.

  35. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Marvin’s passing. His sparkling and unique talent created the soundtrack of my life; I cannot imagine a time without his Music. Thank-you, dear Marvin, for sharing your very precious gift and love of Music with us all. “Baruch dayan ha’emet”.……My heartfelt sympathy to his family.…May he Rest-In-Peace with the great source of all loving

  36. I am so terribly sad to learn of this loss. He was a remarkable talent who gave us so many beautiful, lasting gifts. And, he was such a warm, classy human being.
    God bless Marvin. And God ease his family’s suffering.

  37. I loved everything you did and most recently with the Seattle Symphony. Your music lives on…thank you for all your amazing creativity.

  38. You gave us wings in our thoughts with your music. Thank you for your brilliant contribution.

  39. A Chorus Line was the first Broadway musical I ever saw. It was kind of life-changing. I met Marvin, many years later, on 20th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan, and I walked up to him, (reluctantly- I hate bugging famous people!) after having been a fan for most of my life, said, “Mr. Hamlisch, I’m so sorry to bug you, and there are too many things I’d love to tell you, but the best I can come up with right now is just ‘thank you for everything’!” Marvin looked at me, smiled, and said, “You’re so sweet. Thank YOU.” That was it. Thank you for everything, Mr. Hamlisch.

  40. I saw him in concert on my 21st birthday. He has a segment where he asks for a song title and composes a song on the spot. He composed a song based on a title I called out. It made for a very special 21st birthday. I met him after the show and he was a very kind person.I will never forget that day. He was a musical genius. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  41. Marvin set a benchmark for me from the moment I arrived to New York City. Seeing “A Chorus Line” for the first time changed my life and aspirations. Though his legacy is tremendous, the world is so sorry to lose his talent so soon. Om. Om.

  42. Thank you for your generosity and kindness. Met you once in Toledo ohio, you kindly stopped and spoke with me and signed an autograph. God Bless. You truly are ONE SINGULAR SENSATION!!

  43. I saw Marvin with Idina Menzel at the Greek last year. What a treat. The playful banter between Idina and Marvin was such a delight to see. I grew up listening to his music and without him, I wouldn’t be the Broadway geek I am today. Thank you Marvin for the profound impact you had on my life. The great band in the sky got one helluva composer/conductor today and I cant wait to get to heaven so I can hear the newest arrangements!! RIP Marvin. You will be sorely missed

  44. I was stunned when I heard of Mr. Hamlisch’s passing. Every aspect of Music, as well as the Arts has lost a wonderful man. I was always amazed by his musical ability, and how he made such wonderful music. Rest In Peace, Maestro. You will be missed dearly.

  45. I was 7 years old when i went to see this legend for the first time. Mr. Hamlisch was the first person my mom took me to see at The Bergen Performing arts center (Back then it was called The john harms center theater for the performing arts). And he really was someone who showed me what I can do with my life with music and my gifts that I have to inspire others. I am deeply saddened that he left this world. His life is a life that was WELL Lead by example! Good night Mr. H. Take your last bow and know that you have the thanks of every single fan all over the world.

  46. We are so very sad to hear of the passing of this wonderful and inspiring musician and man who was such a great mentor to our daughter Rachel. I was at a loss for words when I heard about his passing this morning. We will miss him so much.

  47. i was fortunate to have seen marvin perform several times. we shall miss him. his music will live on.

  48. Marvin Hamlisch’s artistic contributions to the world have been profound and immeasurable. Maestro, we will miss you terribly — and we thank you for your countless gifts.