Irwin Kostal: Mastermind of Many 20th Century Musicals

January 14, 2014

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The AHC has recently processed the papers of Irwin Kostal, an American composer, orchestrator and arranger in the 20th century. Kostal’s most well-known projects include work on The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Sail Away  and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Kostal was also involved with the orchestration of the original stage show for West Side Story in 1957 and he shared an Academy Award for his work on the score of the 1961 movie version.  Kostal also won an Academy Award in 1965 for his work on The Sound of Music and was nominated for Academy Awards three other times. In addition, Kostal conducted the digital re-recording of Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia.

Kostal’s papers at the AHC focus mainly on Kostal’s work on Broadway, with original and copy scores from the musicals Tenderloin, Fiorello!, Sail Away and A Funny Thing Happened on the…

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