Acclaimed conductor and pianist Andre Previn dies at 89

Cristina Cross
March 3, 2019

Almost four decades after he had appeared on the Morecambe and Wise Show, the celebrated composer and conductor André Previn was still not allowed to forget the brilliant send-up sketch in which he kept being mistakenly called "Mr Andrew Preview".

His manager told the BBC he died at his home in NY on Thursday morning.

Previn - who was married to Farrow for nine years - was best known for his work on films such as Gigi, Porgy And Bess and My Fair Lady.

Previn won four Oscars and 10 Grammy Awards for his recordings (plus a Lifetime Achievement Grammy).

When he arrived in Los Angeles, an uncle was providing music to Universal Studios.

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Previn also wrote songs and scores for such popular 50s films as Bad Day at Black Rock, Designing Women and Hot Summer Nights.

His career flourished in the late 1950s and early 1960s with musical hits he adapted from the theatrical stage for films and original scores he composed and conducted.

He and Farrow adopted a Korean orphan, Soon-Yi, who in the 1990s became involved with Farrow's then boyfriend Woody Allen.

Though a prolific composer for film and an accomplished jazz musician, Mr. Previn's sole Broadway score was with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner for 1969's Coco, the musical about Coco Chanel starring Katharine Hepburn.

He was also music director of a number of major United States orchestras, including the Houston Symphony, LA Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra.

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"See you in the morning beloved friend", tweeted Farrow, who posted several photos of the pair together.

André Previn was born Andreas Ludwig Prewin on April 6, 1929, in Berlin.

Mia Farrow has paid tribute to her ex-husband Andre Previn, after his death at the age of 89.

Previn served as music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphonies, and frequently guest conducted worldwide. His first wife was singer Betty Bennett, and they had two daughters, Claudia and Alicia, before divorcing in 1958. He had previously written her a violin concerto in 1999, but they did not marry until 2002.

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