On this day in film history: Welcome Andre Previn!

On this day in film history, one of the most versatile musicians of the 20th century was born.

André Previn

Andre Previn is believed to have been born in 1929 (his birth records were subsequently lost when his parents fled Germany) to Jewish parents, and he began to study music from a relatively young age.

Previn came to the attention of Hollywood in 1948 when he began arranging and composing film scores.

Some of Previn’s more notable film scores include: Elmer Gantry (1960), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1961) and Inside Daisy Clover (1965). Previn also arranged Andrew Lloyd Weber’s music for the film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1973.

Besides a composer, Previn has also seen a thriving career as a jazz pianist and as a conductor (so essentially he’s had three careers all at the same time, which is an incredible feat).

Over the course of his life, Previn has received four Academy Awards and TEN Grammy Awards and at the age of 87 is still composing music to this day (though I believe he has long since retired from film scoring).

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