O death, there is thy Sting

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

One of the great masters of the smooth movie melody passed away ear­lier in the week. Marvin Ham­lisch, who was 68, com­posed the scores for such films as The Sting, So­phie’s Choice and The Way We Were.

A Cho­rus Line, for which he wrote the tunes, was the long­est-run­ning show on Broad­way un­til Cats came along. Though younger than any Bea­tle, Ham­lisch, from a New York Jewish back­ground, was very much a com­poser of the pre-rock era. Like Henry Mancini, he man­aged to com­bine melodic dex­ter­ity and cock­tail-hour slick­ness in com­po­si­tions that never seemed trite.

Steven Soder­bergh, a di­rec­tor ad­dicted to post-war Hol­ly­wood suavity, in­vei­gled him into writ­ing the whizz-bang score for The In­for­mant!, but Marvin’s high era re­mained the 1970s. He was one of only four peo­ple to have won an Os­car, an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize. No won­der so many obit­u­ar­ists, ref­er­enc­ing his theme tune to The Spy who Loved Me, se­lected “No­body Does it Bet­ter” as a head­line.

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