WASHINGTON POST: Hamlisch’s High and Low Notes. PBS scores with Marvin Hamlisch documentary

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Marvin Hamlisch was one of the most successful composers of our time. He could sit down at the piano and rattle off a tune in a nanosecond. Or he could labor over a melody for days.

REDEFINING HAPPINESS: Hamlisch, at 17 and in 2012, won several major awards by age 31. But he came to value his relationships, especially with his wife, more than musical success.

REDEFINING HAPPINESS: Hamlisch, at 17 and in 2012, won several major awards by age 31. But he came to value his relationships, especially with his wife, more than musical success.

When he died at 68, he left evergreen songs such as “The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and “Through the Eyes of Love.” He scored countless films, Broadway shows and TV themes. What he did and how he did it is the subject of “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love,” Dori Berinstein’s documentary for PBS’s “American Masters,” airing Friday Dec. 27 9/8c.

He heard music in everything, said his wife of 23 years, Terre Blair Hamlisch. “If he heard the wind or a breeze in the trees, he could tell you what note it was. He could tell you the screech of a tire. He didn’t hear like we would hear a screech of a tire. He would hear it with the note, the exact note of it. ‘It’s an E flat. It’s this. It’s that.’ He could hear a fly like a 747,” she said

READ MORE… PBS scores with Marvin Hamlisch Documentary. The Washington Post. Published Dec. 21

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Source: The Washington Post - 12/21.


 

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  1. Thanks for this! This documentary tells about this man since his childhood. What a genius. Thanks to PBS for showing these biographies about American Composers…VM

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