Very talented man, wrote many soundtracks for films, one of the most highly accomplished conductors and arrangers in the world. But if you're British, there's only one phrase going through your mind right now.... "I'm playing all the right notes..."
The sketch long predates Mr. Preview's appearance on the show. It can be heard in its original form on the Morcambe & Wise 1963 LP, which sold very few copies at full price. Reissued about 1967 on Music For Pleasure, it sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
Previn made the transition from jazz pianist to orchestral conductor - growing up in Hollywood, where musicians were expected to be versatile, eased that transition. Critics expected him to have an edgy and instinctive way with orchestral music but Previn was essentially a technician, his classics often careful and over-rehearsed. In the UK, he fitted a position that Malcolm Sargent had vacated: the popular face of classical music. In the 1970s, his television shows had a wide appeal - hence his Morcambe & Wise moment.
He was a very fine musican, though his original compositions - he wrote two operas, significantly with librettos drawn from famous films - seem unlikely to be revived much. Bigphoot2 is right, I'm sure, to think he will be remembered best for his actual film scores.
RIP Mr. Previn. The notes were always in the right order!
A small aside, my father and I once had lunch with him by the pool at the hotel we were all staying at in Bali. Actress Paula Duncan was also there and we just happened to be the only Australians by the pool at the time (hard to believe in Bali , I know) and we all got chatting. A nice guy, though I'm sure he'll be remembered for all eternity for the time he presented his show as drunk as a skunk. Great viewing it was. He was a hard hitting journo and reporter, who sometimes got it wrong and will be hugely missed by the Aussie t.v community. Another giant down.
Shit .. I used to watch Keith Flint hard stepping at Shelly's in Stoke .. the only person raving harder than him was Mark E.G. who I once watched knee himself in the face, we used to dance floor battle them ... true hardcore ravers
So did we .. Mark E.G. was ****ing crazy! .. Keith Flint was a brilliant dancer though, he combined hard step, cross step and Kinetic 2 step .. I could start a thread about what those were and where they came from. To cut a very long story short, those steps you can see him doing in the vid I've posted were a spin off of the breakdance years which were a spin off of the Lindy Hop years.