Composer Marvin Hamlisch. who arranged and wrote some terrific scores for some very notable 70′s films, including The Sting and The Way We Were, has passed away at the age of 68.
Hamlisch’s family announced that he collapsed after a brief illness. Although many of his most iconic scores were for work he did in the 1970′s, he had a full career spanning decades. In addition to scores for “Sophie’s Choice,” “Ordinary People,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “Ice Castles,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Bananas,” “Save the Tiger,” “The Informant!” he also did stirring Broadway work with ‘A Chorus Line’, which won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony.
Most recently, Steven Soderbergh had collaborated with Hamlisch on the score to ‘The Informant!’ and the two were working on the upcoming HBO project ‘Behind the Candlelabra’, about the life of pianist Liberace.
Hamlisch was an unquestionable talent–winning nearly every kind of award possible–and our thoughts and condolensces to his family during this time. Of all of his work, I was most fond of his Scott Joplin inspired score for The Sting. Below you will find excerpts from that film’s scure and many others Hamlish was responsible for.