American Masters

Concert Pianist vs. Pop Composer

Clip: Season 28 Episode 1 | 2m 9s

Marvin Hamlisch was a child prodigy at the piano and was expected to become the next Vladimir Horowitz. But as Hamlisch explains, "at a very early age it became very clear that that would drive me crazy because every time I would go to the concert to play something I would get so nervous."

Aired: 12/27/13

Rating: NR

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