Conductors: Almost Like Bernstein

Mellowness and maturity have come to that jack-of-all-musical-trades, Andre Previn. He is 37 years old, and it is hard to believe that he was about half that age when MGM in 1948 assigned him to compose, score and direct the music for a $3,000,000 Jeanette MacDonald movie. Since then, he has plucked four Oscars for scoring Gigi, Porgy and Bess, Irma La Douce and My Fair Lady. Now Previn is changing, and so is his career. "The boy-wonder thing is over," he mused last week. "I have decided to concentrate on conducting to the exclusion of the Hollywood thing."


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