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He was a musical child prodigy who, at just six years old, was allowed to study in a special program at the famous Juilliard School of Music in New York. The talent ran in the family. Marvin Hamlisch's father was an accordion virtuoso and band leader. With his wife Lilly he fled the Nazis from Vienna to New York. Marvin was born there in 1944.

prizes Not all child prodigies keep what they promise in later life. Marvin Hamlisch does. At 21, he wrote his first hit, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows for Lesley Gore. Eight years later, in 1974, the not even 30-year-old received three Oscars in one evening for the film music for The Way We Were with Barbra Streisand and The Clou with Paul Newman. Three Academy Awards in one fell swoop - only Billy Wilder had achieved that once before Hamlisch. In the same year, the young composer also won four Grammys. A year later, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize for the musical A Chorus Line were added. Hamlisch also received the Emmy television award six times. This made him one of only eleven artists to have won all four of the most important awards in the American entertainment industry: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony - EGOT for short.

An acronym that matched the winner. Hamlisch did not hold back with his ego. He liked to be the center of attention and freely admitted that the peripheral role of film composer was often difficult for him. "After all, I'm not a Jew for nothing," he quipped two years ago in an interview with the London Jewish Chronicle and said that he had complained half-jokingly to Barbra Streisand that his music in The Way We Were was so much dialogue from her could hardly be heard. For a while, Hamlisch compensated for his frustration with his own concerts, where he played his pieces and told jokes and anecdotes in between. "People say to this day that I would have made a good comedian."

classic But then Marvin Hamlisch reduced his own stage presence and concentrated on the cinema again. He wrote the music for more than 50 Hollywood films, from Woody Allen's Bananas to Sophie’s Choice and the Naked Cannon series to The Spy Who Loved Me. The song Nobody Does it Better from this 1977 Bond film made it into the top ten of the American and British charts. Hamlisch's music was most recently heard in 2009 in Steven Soderbergh's The Informant, starring Matt Damon. His very last composition, the music for Behind the Candelabra, a biopic about the American musician Liberace, will be released in cinemas next year.

Marvin Hamlisch was not just an entertainment composer. He also understood the classic subject. His Symphony Anatomy of Peace was performed in Paris in 1994 at a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy. The suite in one movement for choir and orchestra is based on the book of the same name by Emery Reeves, whose idea of ​​a federal world government after 1945 also included Albert Einstein among her followers.

Just three weeks ago, Marvin Hamlisch was on stage conducting a concert by the Pasadena Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles. The composer died on Monday of this week after a brief serious illness at the age of 68.