Readers React: ‘Love at first sight’: Remembering Andre Previn’s musical genius

Andre Previn dies at 89, Lucerne, Switzerland - 01 Sep 2004
Andre Previn in 2004.
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To the editor: I first saw Andre Previn at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965, and it was love at first sight. (“Andre Previn, former L.A. Phil music director and four-time Oscar winner, dies at 89,” Feb. 28)

I remember going backstage after the concert, where it was crowded with movie stars — but the autograph I wanted was Previn’s. I still have the album of his jazz variations on the “My Fair Lady” score that he signed for me so many years ago.

I saw Previn many times at the Hollywood Bowl after that, especially while he was music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the late 1980s.

I remember so well Previn conducting Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Gershwin’s Concerto in F from the keyboard. What an incredibly talented man.


The music world will miss his genius. I will miss him.

Susanne Gordon, Granada Hills

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