Peter Matz

Composers

Biography

Died: August 9, 2002   Country: United States of America  
An award-winning conductor, arranger, and composer for film, theater, and television, Peter Matz is perhaps best known for his work on Barbra Streisand's early albums and as musical director on The Carol Burnett Show. Born in Pittsburgh, he studied chemical engineering at UCLA and played assorted woodwinds in local dance bands during his spare time; following graduation, he traveled to Paris for two years to soak up the city's music scene, and in Read more 1954 went to New York to study piano and music theory. His first job was as rehearsal pianist for Harold Arlen's musical House of Flowers; that engagement led to a position as arranger/orchestrator on Arlen's next project, Jamaica, which starred Lena Horne. Through Arlen, he met Marlene Dietrich, and through Dietrich, he met Noel Coward, who hired him to arrange and accompany his well-received 1955 run in Las Vegas. Matz later worked with Coward on his 1961 Broadway show Sail Away, and in addition to several other stage musicals, he began to branch out into television (where he served as musical director on programs like The Jimmy Dean Show and Hullabaloo) and film (as a composer of original scores). After meeting Barbra Streisand, Matz arranged and conducted her 1963 debut, The Barbra Streisand Album, which made her a star; he also worked on her next four records, including the Grammy-winning People and My Name Is Barbra, the latter of which won him an Emmy for the accompanying TV special. Matz went on to win two more Emmys -- one for 1970's The Sounds of Burt Bacharach, and another in 1973 for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, where he served as musical director from 1971-1979. In 1975, Matz was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Barbra Streisand's Funny Lady. He continued to work in film and television, and returned to Broadway in 1989 to orchestrate Grand Hotel, later producing the cast album. In later years, he and his wife, singer Marilyn Lovell, frequently staged benefit concerts for AIDS victims. Lung cancer claimed Matz's life on August 9, 2002. Read less
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  • 1.
    50 Best Songs From The Musicals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27375 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers,  Richard M. Sherman,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Bayless,  Barbara Hendricks,  Kim Criswell,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Lee,  Robert Lowe,  Jonathan Tunick,  John McGlinn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
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    The Very Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85111 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Kim Gannon,  Georges Bizet,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Laurie Holloway,  Jeremy Budd,  Frank Ricotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Jonathan Tunick,  Jeffrey Tate,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Abbey Road Ensemble,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Kiri Sings Porter / Te Kanawa, Matz, New World Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55050 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter
    Performer:  Jim Hughes,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Don Lusher,  John Harle  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Matz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Philharmonic
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