Marvin Makes Music by Marvin Hamlisch

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A true story from one of America's most beloved composers

Marvin loves to play the piano and compose his own songs. But performing music over and over that's composed by some old guys name Ludwig and Wolfgang just gives him knots in his stomach. When his father tells Marvin he has an audition with the most prestigious music school, how can Marvin overcome his nerves and get swept away by the music?

This endearing book is based on the true life story of composer Marvin Hamlisch, who, at the age of six, was the youngest person ever accepted into the Juilliard School.

Includes CD with original song

About Marvin Hamlisch

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Marvin Hamlisch ( is the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer–winning composer of the scores for Broadway's A Chorus Line and over 40 films, including The Way We Were. He lives in New York City. Jim Madsen has been illustrating for more than 20 years. He makes his home in Provo, Utah, with his wife and three children.
Published November 8, 2012 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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He takes note of his father’s admonition that practice and learning are required before one can compose music that “would be magic.” Madsen’s colorful paintings are suitably amusing but not necessarily evocative of mid-20th-century Manhattan.

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Hamlisch's confession that he tends toward pessimism and anxiety and his assessments of his failures ( Smile and Jean , a musical about the life of Jean Seberg) as well as his account of three years of relative inactivity--during which Hamlisch realized that his successes had been at the expense ...

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Hamlisch—the late, acclaimed composer behind A Chorus Line and The Way We Were, among many other shows and films—describes himself as a music-obsessed child who even heard music in the honking of car horns.

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