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He wrote the score for The Sting and music for the Broadway version
of Goodbye Girl, amongst others.
I don't think The Sting score was original.
"The Entertainer" was a Scott Joplin piece, but the adaptation of the
piece and the score for the movie was Hamlisch.
The Entertainer is by far the most high profile music of the movie. I
think original music is worth more acclaim than an adaptation. Now
that they're both deceased I hope Joplin gets remembered more for the
music than Hamlisch.
I think it is a misnomer to refer to Hamlisch's work w/ The Entertainer
as adaptation. The amount of true adapation he did was minimal. He
orchestrated it. Joplin wrote a piano piece. Hamlisch transformed it into
something for full orchestra by assigning the different notes played by
the two hands to different instruments and different sections of the
orchestra. There is some artistry involved in creating texture and
Not as much as, say Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, where
Rachmaninoff takes the simple theme and expounds and develops it.
Hamlisch's orchestration didn't really develop the musical thoughts
further, whereas Rachmaninoff, well, rhapsodized.