▶ Audio Flashback: 1980 Interview by WQXR New York Public Radio: Marvin Hamlisch “This Is My Music”

Audio Flashback 1980: Radio interview: Marvin Hamlisch at the WQXR — New York Public Radio.

Lloyd Moss WQXR Radio

Lloyd Moss WQXR Radio

In November 1980 edition of This is My Music, Lloyd Moss interviews composer Marvin Hamlisch about his musical career. Hamlisch talks about the creative process involved in producing a Broadway show, his student years at Juilliard, his admiration for Leonard Bernstein, and more.


Lloyd Moss Interviews Marvin Hamlisch. (1980)

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Composer Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012)

Hamlisch discusses several favorite works including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad,” in a performance by the New York Philharmonic, “Who will buy,” from the musical Oliver!; an excerpt from Leonard Bernstein’s On the Waterfront; and an etude by Alexander Scriabin, performed by Vladimir Horowitz.


When you are working on a show, you do a lot of work in your mind. the actual sitting down and writing the melody, writing the score, can be probably the least amount of actual time spent. There is so much thinking that goes on way before sitting down at the piano  and writing it. For instance, when writing for A Chorus Line … ” Marvin Hamlisch during interview.   — Listen to this interesting 1980 flashback interview…


LISTEN! (Watch Videos at the end of this article! (Shostakovich, Bernstein, Oliver! )



This is My Music was a long-running WQXR program that featured interviews with well-known celebrities, artists, writers, performers, academics and politicians who also shared their favorite pieces of music. Among the shows guests were Gore Vidal, Benny Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Bella Abzug, Rudolph Giuliani, Tony Bennett, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marcel Marceau and Barbara Cook, to name just a few

LISTEN: Leningrad: Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” 1st Movement part 1:


Video: “Who Will Buy” from Oliver!


AUDIO:  Symphonic Suite from ‘On the Waterfront’ — Leonard Bernstein:


Audio: Symphonic Suite —   ANATOMY OF PEACE — The Music of Marvin Hamlisch.




Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch