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Oscar-winning composer, pianist and conductor André Previn dies at 89




André George Previn, (born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929) was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. Previn is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings.
André George Previn, (born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929) was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. Previn is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings.
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André Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, always rejecting suggestions that his bop ‘n’ blues moonlighting lessened his stature, died Thursday. He was 89.

Previn was a child prodigy whose family fled Nazi Germany. As a teenager, he found work as a composer and arranger in the musical sweatshops of Hollywood, mostly at MGM, winning four Oscars for his orchestrations of such stylish musicals as 1964′s “My Fair Lady.”

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Tim Page, professor of journalism and music at the University of Southern California and Pulitzer Prize-winning former music critic



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