Andre Previn, who obscured the boundaries between pop, jazz, and classical music died at his home in New York. He is also known for bridging the gap between composing, performing and conducting music in an extraordinarily diverse way. Andre Previn’s manager Linda Petrikova told that Previn was 89 years of age and he confirmed his death.
Previn was known for making a great career in Hollywood. He has written as well as organized the music for many dozen movies. In fact, he is regarded as one of the important people in the history of the Academy Awards to have received three nominations in one year. He won four Academy Awards in total. However, music lovers also knew him as a jazz pianist.
Andre Previn even tried to perform Grieg’s piano concerto with Morecambe and Wise. He even organized the London Symphony Orchestra. In fact, he was also the music director or principal conductor of a half-dozen orchestras.
Previn married five times and his first wife was jazz singer Betty Bennett. After divorcing from Betty, Previn married lyricist Dory Langdon. Langdon was also his partner for songwriting. Together, they wrote for Oscar-nominated numbers for films like Pepe (1960) and Two For the Seesaw (1962). Previn won Oscars for Gigi, Irma La Douce, Porgy and Bess, and My Fair Lady.
One of Previn’s most famous marriages was to actress and activist Mia Farrow, former wife of Frank Sinatra. On learning about his death, Farrow shared their picture on Twitter and wished him that he rests in glorious symphonies.
Previn was referred to as “Mickey Mouse maestro’ by critics and he was often compared to Leonard Bernstein, who was also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and composer. In fact, Previn regarded Bernstein as his idol. He used to say that Bernstein has made it possible for not to specialize in one area of music.
In the 1960s Previn appeared in sold-out classical and jazz concerts. He even used to combine genres, by playing a concerto before recess and jazz with a trio after that.