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Oscar-winning composer Andre Previn dies aged 89

Andre Previn, conducts the 15th symphony concert during the Lucerne Festival (Urs Flueeler/AP)
Andre Previn, conducts the 15th symphony concert during the Lucerne Festival (Urs Flueeler/AP)

Andre Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, has died aged 89.

His manager Linda Petrikova says Previn passed away on Thursday at his Manhattan home in New York.

Previn was a child prodigy whose family fled Nazi Germany.

As a teenager, he found work as a composer and arranger in the musical sweatshops of Hollywood, mostly at MGM, winning four Oscars for his orchestrations of such stylish musicals as 1964’s My Fair Lady.

He then abandoned Hollywood for a career as a classical conductor.

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