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Charles Previn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Previn
Born(1888-01-11)January 11, 1888
DiedNovember 21, 1973(1973-11-21) (aged 85)
OccupationFilm composer

Charles Previn (January 11, 1888 – September 21, 1973) was an American film composer who was active at Universal in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s. Before being based in Hollywood, Previn arranged music for over 100 Broadway productions.[1]

Previn was born in Brooklyn to Henrietta Giballe and the rabbi Morris Previn, who a year earlier had immigrated from Graudenz via Glasgow to the United States.[2] He graduated from Brooklyn High School and obtained a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1910. He obtained a master's degree from New York College of Music.

From 1936 to 1944, Previn was musical director at Universal, overseeing everything from horror pictures to Arabian Nights fantasies. He was a cousin of the father of German-born composer, pianist, and conductor André Previn and TV and film director Steve Previn (brothers).[3] He died in Los Angeles, aged 85.

Professional career

While at Universal, Previn composed uncredited stock music for several studio's releases.

Partial filmography

Awards

Oscar Award

Academy Award nominations

Family

Parents

Morris and Henrietta were married in about 1880. Morris Previn was a rabbi at Ascha-Shorem on 78 Ten Eyck Street in Brooklyn.

Siblings

  • Rosie (December 1882, Germany – May 1948, New York, NY)
MARRIED NAMES
Rose Meyer (married Dr. Joseph H. Meyer)
MARRIED NAMES
Bess Landau (married Saul Albert Landau 19 November 1914 Manhattan, NY)
Bess Nathanson
Bess Kurtzman

References

General references

Inline citations

  1. ^ Previn Succeeds Rapee, Stars and Stripes Newspaper, July 27, 1945
  2. ^ Charles' and his older brother Arthur's US passport applications.
  3. ^ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

External links

This page was last edited on 7 July 2021, at 04:13
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