LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE:
“Marvin would be in traffic and a car would screech. He would hear the exact note.”
On New Year’s Eve 2012, the New York Philharmonic held a concert called One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch. The composer had been scheduled to conduct the event but he died in August of that year. As 2013 comes to a close, Hamlisch’s work is being explored by PBS’ American Masters in a new documentary called Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love. While artists such as Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Quincy Jones, and Steven Soderbergh offer their comments, the most personal insights come from his widow, Terre Blair Hamlisch.
Hamlisch was the rarest of all birds, a PEGOT: Someone who has won a Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. He wrote the music for A Chorus Line, Sophie’s Choice, and The Sting as well as such songs as “The Way We Were” and “Nobody Does It Better.”
“To him, the world was a symphony of sound,” Terre says during a very emotional conversation. “He heard the note and the pitch in everything. His ears were so finely tuned. It was going on 24/7. So if we were to play music outside the music in his head, it would conflict.”
In watching the documentary Terre was surprised to learn the level of his generosity. “I knew that music was in his veins. I knew most of his childhood stories.
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Source: Craig Byrd, Los Angeles Magazine