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Peter Matz

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An award-winning conductor, arranger, and composer for film, theater, and tv, Peter Matz could very well be most widely known for his focus on Barbra Streisand’s early albums so when musical director around the Carol Burnett Display. Given birth to in Pittsburgh, he analyzed chemical executive at UCLA and performed assorted woodwinds in regional dance rings during his free time; pursuing graduation, he journeyed to Paris for just two years to absorb the city’s music picture, and in 1954 visited New York to review piano and music theory. His 1st work was as rehearsal pianist for Harold Arlen’s musical Home of Plants; that engagement resulted in a posture as arranger/orchestrator on Arlen’s following task, Jamaica, which starred Lena Horne. Through Arlen, he fulfilled Marlene Dietrich, and through Dietrich, he fulfilled Noel Coward, who employed him to set up and accompany his well-received 1955 operate in NEVADA. Matz later caused Coward on his 1961 Broadway present Sail Away, and likewise to several various other stage musicals, he begun to branch out into tv (where he offered as musical movie director on programs just like the Jimmy Dean Present and Hullabaloo) and film (being a composer of first ratings). After conference Barbra Streisand, Matz organized and executed her 1963 debut, The Barbra Streisand Record, which produced her a superstar; he also done her following four records, like the Grammy-winning People and I AM Barbra, the last mentioned of which earned him an Emmy for the associated TV particular. Matz continued to win two even more Emmys — one for 1970’s The Noises of Burt Bacharach, and another in 1973 for his focus on The Carol Burnett Present, where he offered as musical movie director from 1971-1979. In 1975, Matz was nominated for an Academy Award for Greatest Original Rating for his focus on Barbra Streisand’s Crazy Lady. He continuing to operate in film and tv, and came back to Broadway in 1989 to orchestrate Grand Resort, later creating the cast record. In old age, he and his wife, vocalist Marilyn Lovell, often staged advantage concerts for Helps victims. Lung tumor claimed Matz’s lifestyle on August 9, 2002.

Quick Facts


Full Name Peter Matz
Died August 9, 2002, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Conductor, Music Arranger, Film Score Composer
Education University of California, Los Angeles
Nationality American
Spouse Marilyn Lovell Matz, Dolores Janet Perry
Children Jonas Christopher Matz, Peter Zachary Matz
Parents Louis N. Matz, Alice Matz
Awards Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievements In Entertainment, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Music Direction - Variety, Music or Dramatic Program
Music Songs Mama's Family, Lieb mich und tu was du willst, Es gibt keine Fremden, Not Just for Tonight, Ordinary Miracles, Du nimmst dich immer mit, Etwas ist immer, Thanks for the Memory, Opening, Ballad of Tom Jones, Lass los, Canadian Sunset, Alles kann nichts muss, Zwischen Vergehen und Wiederbeginnen, Sei geduldig mit mir, Nie hör ich auf mein Lied zu singen, Herbst, Introduction, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Wo du noch nie warst, The Chase, You Still Blow Me Away, The Sky's the Limit: One for my baby, Jersey Bounce
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction, Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score), Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations
Movies Funny Lady, Marlowe, Stepping Out, Torch Song Trilogy, Eunice, The Private Eyes, Lust in the Dust, Rivals, Bye Bye Braverman, The Great Houdini, The Prize Fighter, The Man in the Santa Claus Suit, The Ten Million Dollar Getaway, White Mama, The Muppets Go Hollywood, One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story, First, You Cry, Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry, This Can't Be Love, Laura Lansing Slept Here, The Tenth Month, As Is, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Call of the Wild, When We Were Young, Musical Comedy Tonight, You're Gonna Love It Here, The Last Hurrah


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1 The 1955 Columbia Records live album LP disk "Noël Coward in Las Vegas" is a vocal masterpiece, is without doubt the master's finest appearance on record, accompanied by Peter Matz. The tracks are as follows: (1) Noël Coward Medley - 5:19; (2) Uncle Harry - 3:45; (3) Lock Lomond (traditional) - 2:28; (4) A Bar on the Piccola Marina - 4:48; (5) World Weary - 3:11 - used in Cockran's revue 'This Year of Grace'; (6) Nina (Coward, Cole Porter) - 4:22 - for the revue 'Sigh No More'; (7) Mad Dogs and Englishmen - 3:14 - used in Cockran's revue 'Words and Music'; (8) Matelot - 4:35; (9) Alice is At it Again - 3:33; (10) A Room with a View - 3:04 - used in Cockran's revue 'This Year of Grace'; (11) Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love (Porter) - 4:30 - song from Cole Porter's "Paris"; (12) The Party's Over Now - 1:44 - used in Cockran's revue 'Words and Music'. What amazes about Noël Coward's Desert Inn Casino lounge show is his ability to convey with no detectable effort all of the nimble diction and convivial grace necessary to perform these intricate songs in a live setting - not a syllable out of place, not a line delivered but with ease and precision. Coward did in fact share much with his live audience; he leaves his audience absolutely crackling in glee at the English stuffed shirts who populate his comic pieces "Uncle Harry," "A Bar on the Piccola Marina" and his classic "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" - a vocal masterpiece. "Noël Coward in Las Vegas" is without a doubt the master's finest appearance on record.
2 Peter Matz's name and musical reputation would have been secured for posterity even if the only thing he had achieved in life had been his accompaniments and arrangements for Noël Coward's cabaret concert appearances at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas during the month of June 1955. In New York City during late April of 1955, Noël learned his English piano accompanist Norman Hackforth had been refused a work permit for the USA. Peter Matz, on his arrival in New York City in 1954 from his two year sojourn in Paris, France, returned to New York to study music theory and piano. Matz gained a job as rehearsal pianist for Harold Arlen's Broadway musical "House of Flowers" based on the celebrated Truman Capote novella about love in a brothel in the West Indies, opening 30 December 1954, running 165 performances. Peter Matz provided the vocal and dance arrangements for the Arlen/Capote Broadway musical. Matz's varied musical skills obvious, as the job expanded to writing orchestrations and vocal arrangements for Arlen's next musical, "Jamaica" starring Lena Horne. It was Arlen who introduced Peter Matz to Marlene Dietrich, who needed someone to help construct and accompany her cabaret concert act. Frantic, running out of prep time for the 3 June 1955 opening at the Wilbur Clark's Las Vegas Desert Inn Hotel and Casino concert engagement, Noël confided to Marlene Dietrich of his long time collaborator-pianist's work permit denial by the State Department. Matz had been introduced to Coward by Marlene. Marlene urged Noël to grab Peter Matz at all costs. At Idlewild Airport, after seeing Marlene off, Noël was desperate to find a replacement for Norman Hackforth. Coward called Matz from the airport and came to Matz's apartment to audition him. The test came when Coward asked Matz to play the "Trolley Song". "I had no idea with his songs or the style of that English Music Hall comedy thing" Matz recalled. Coward asked "Can you be in Los Angeles tomorrow?" The answer was "yes" and rehearsals for Las Vegas started just three weeks before Noël was to open. What followed at Clifton Webb's residence in Beverly Hills, the next ten days, was that they worked on the Las Vegas material all day every day. Matz learned from Coward not only the songs but a whole new style of performance. "He made me learn, very forcefully, that this was about comedy. A couple of times he screamed, 'Don't play when I am making a joke', (and) I gradually learned that this was a whole other kind of music". Matz was writing the orchestral arrangements for Carlton Hayes's band, a typical Las Vegas dance band with saxophones and many trumpets and trombones, which needed finesse and much discretion if Coward's lyrics were to be clearly heard. The results were impressive: Coward wrote in his diaries that Matz's "orchestral arrangements and variations are incredible - vital and imaginative. Sometimes they go too far for my personal taste, but I cannot fail to be impressed by the expert knowledge of instrumentation. Peter Matz, at the age of twenty-six, knows more about the range of various instruments and the potentialities of different combinations than anyone of any age I have ever met in England ... very exciting and stimulating". Noël's four week engagement opened the first week of June, ending July 4, 1955. At the end of the Las Vegas engagement, Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, Goddard Lieberson with his Columbia Records' recording myrmidons recorded four performances for a long-player platter release. This delighted the experts with the recorded results guaranteed an American LP album "Noël Coward at Las Vegas" on the LP market. Noël added 'Matelot' and 'A Room with a View' to the repertoire, also 'Alice is at it Again' for the recording 'performance' session.
3 Noël Coward (at age 55), his secretary-manager Cole Lesley (at age 43,1911-1980) and Peter Matz (at age 26, 1928-2002) departed Clifton Webb's residence in Beverly Hills and arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 1st to prepare for Noël's four week engagement at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn Hotel and Casino. Frank Sennes (the booking agent for the Desert Inn) negotiated Noël to perform a supper club concert and a second concert every night, during the month of June through July 4th, 1955. Opening night produced rave notices flashed around the world in newspaper headlines "The greatest attraction Las Vegas ever had proving Noël Coward was the greatest performer in the world". The opening night, from the social-theatrical point of view, was fairly sensational. Frank Sinatra chartered a special plane and brought Judy Garland, the Bogarts (Humphrey and Lauren Bacall), David and his wife "Prim" (Primula) Niven, Gordon and Sheila MacRae; then there was Jane Powell, Joan Fontaine, Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Joseph Cottens, the English stage and film director Peter Glenville, Lawrence Harvey, Rosemary Clooney, Sammy Davis Jr.. After opening night, the following Friday, June 10, Noël was driven out into the Nevada desert, photographed by Life Magazine in his black dinner-jacket, black bow tie, red carnation in his lapel, sipping a cup of tea, the temperature at 118 degrees. (Life Magazine, June 20, page 20). During the sold-out engagement, the Desert Inn was flooded by a torrential desert rain storm causing three million dollars of damage in repairs to the casino. The Las Vegas four week engagement paid Noël $35,000.00 per week out of which Noël paid his own expenses, paid Cole, Peter Matz and Noël's agent Joe Glasser's commission. In addition, the Desert Inn paid $60,000.00 for an option and some shares of Noél's TV company formed to benefit from Noël's new CBS deal for three color television spectaculars, tax free as it is capital gain. Surviving Las Vegas like a two fisted armed casino slot black jack randy bandit! Noël preferred to call his Desert Inn concert audience "his Nescafé society".
4 Studied Chemical Engineering at the University of California. Studied music in Paris and New York in the 1950's.
5 American composer and conductor for stage and screen, most famous for his work on Barbra Streisand's early albums (he conducted her 1963 debut, 'The Barbra Streisand Album' which made her a star) and as musical director on "The Carol Burnett Show".
6 Was nominated for Broadway's 1962 Tony Award as Best Conductor and Musical Director for "No Strings."
7 Married twice, with two children.
8 Gave many AIDS fund-raising concerts with wife Marilynn Lovell.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Of Thee I Sing 1972 TV Movie musical director
Liza with a Z 1972 TV Special musical arranger
Rivals 1972 conductor
The Kraft Music Hall TV Series musical director - 1 episode, 1969 arranger - 1 episode, 1967 conductor - 1 episode, 1967
ABC Stage 67 TV Series musical director - 2 episodes, 1966 - 1967 conductor - 1 episode, 1966
Color Me Barbra 1966 TV Special musical director
The Soupy Sales Hour 1966 TV Movie musical director
Hullabaloo TV Series conductor - 2 episodes, 1965 music arranger - 2 episodes, 1965
My Name Is Barbra 1965 TV Special conductor: orchestra / music arranger
The Jimmy Dean Show TV Series arranger - 2 episodes, 1963 - 1964 conductor - 2 episodes, 1963 - 1964 arranger and conductor - 1 episode, 1963
Here's Edie TV Series arranger - 1 episode, 1962 conductor - 1 episode, 1962
Here's Edie 1962 TV Movie arranger / conductor
The Secret World of Eddie Hodges 1960 TV Movie musical arranger
Ford Star Jubilee 1955 TV Series orchestrator - 1 episode
An All Dogs Christmas Carol 1998 Video orchestrator
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1998 TV Special music arranger
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 TV Special musical director
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special orchestrator
Michael Feinstein in Concert 1989 TV Movie musical arrangement
Torch Song Trilogy 1988 composer: additional music / conductor / music adaptor
Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1988 TV Special principal arranger
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special orchestrator
Plain Clothes 1987 conductor
Great Performances 1987 TV Series orchestrator - 1 episode
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special 1986 TV Special arranger / music director
Musical Comedy Tonight III 1985 TV Movie arranger / conductor
Mama's Family 1983 TV Series composer - 2 episodes
Sheena Easton... Act One 1983 TV Movie musical director
Ace Crawford, Private Eye 1983 TV Series composer: theme music
Shirley MacLaine... Illusions 1982 TV Movie music arranger / musical director
Fun and Games 1980 TV Movie conductor
Musical Comedy Tonight 1979 TV Movie documentary conductor / orchestrator
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special conductor / music arranger
The Carol Burnett Show 1971-1978 TV Series musical director - 153 episodes
World of Magic 1977 TV Special musical director
Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back 1977 TV Movie documentary conductor / music arranged by
CPO Sharkey 1976-1977 TV Series composer - 5 episodes
Ann-Margret: Rhinestone Cowgirl 1977 TV Movie musical arrangements
Doug Henning's World of Magic 1976 TV Special musical director
Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy 1976 conductor / music arranger
Sills and Burnett at the Met 1976 TV Movie musical director
A Special Olivia Newton-John 1976 TV Special musical director
Funny Lady 1975 conductor / music arranger / musical director - uncredited
Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La 1973 TV Movie conductor
Once Upon a Mattress 1972 TV Movie musical director

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Can't Be Love 1994 TV Movie
Stepping Out 1991
The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic 1991 TV Movie documentary
The 10 Million Dollar Getaway 1991 TV Movie
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 TV Special
The Gumshoe Kid 1990
When We Were Young 1989 TV Movie
Cadets 1988 TV Movie
Laura Lansing Slept Here 1988 TV Movie
Mama's Family 1983-1988 TV Series 2 episodes
Plaza Suite 1987 TV Movie
Stone Fox 1987 TV Movie
Mercy or Murder? 1987 TV Movie
You Are the Jury 1984-1986 TV Series 3 episodes
As Is 1986 TV Movie
America Votes the #1 Song 1986 TV Movie
Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry 1986 TV Movie
Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed 1985 TV Movie
Lust in the Dust 1985
The Love Boat 1984 TV Series 2 episodes
Burnett Discovers Domingo 1984 TV Special
NBC Saturday Morning Preview: The Yummy Awards 1983
Casablanca 1983 TV Series 2 episodes
Amanda's 1983 TV Series 1 episode
George Burns and Other Sex Symbols 1982 TV Special
Take Your Best Shot 1982 TV Movie
Drop-Out Father 1982 TV Movie
The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me 1982 TV Movie
Baryshnikov in Hollywood 1982 TV Movie
Crazy Times 1981 TV Movie
The Killing of Randy Webster 1981 TV Movie
Father Damien: The Leper Priest 1980 TV Movie
The Tim Conway Show 1980 TV Series 1 episode
Good Time Harry 1980 TV Series
Fun and Games 1980 TV Movie
The Cheryl Ladd Special: Souvenirs 1980 TV Movie
The Private Eyes 1980
White Mama 1980 TV Movie
Valentine Magic on Love Island 1980 TV Movie
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit 1979 TV Movie
Love for Rent 1979 TV Movie
The Prize Fighter 1979
Detective School 1979 TV Series 4 episodes
The Tenth Month 1979 TV Movie
Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze 1979 TV Movie
Operation Petticoat 1978-1979 TV Series 10 episodes
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 1979 TV Movie
Paul Lynde at the Movies 1979 TV Special
First, You Cry 1978 TV Movie
The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank 1978 TV Movie
Happily Ever After 1978 TV Movie
Murder at the Mardi Gras 1978 TV Movie
The Rita Moreno Show 1978 TV Movie
The Two-Five 1978 TV Movie
Emergency! 1978 TV Series 1 episode
Special Olympics 1978 TV Movie
That Thing on ABC 1978 TV Movie
CPO Sharkey 1977 TV Series 1 episode
The Last Hurrah 1977 TV Movie
Telethon 1977 TV Movie
Terraces 1977 TV Movie
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story 1977 TV Movie
Rosetti and Ryan 1977 TV Series 1 episode
You're Gonna Love It Here 1977 TV Movie
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years 1976 TV Movie documentary
The Great Houdini 1976 TV Movie
Just an Old Sweet Song 1976 TV Movie
The Bureau 1976 TV Movie
The Call of the Wild 1976 TV Movie
The Dark Side of Innocence 1976 TV Movie
In This House of Brede 1975 TV Movie
Mr. and Mrs. Cop 1974 TV Movie
Larry 1974 TV Movie
6 Rms Riv Vu 1974 TV Movie
I Heard the Owl Call My Name 1973 TV Movie
Acts of Love and Other Comedies 1973 TV Movie
Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking 1972 TV Special
Rivals 1972
Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center 1971 TV Movie
Sarge 1971 TV Series 1 episode
Singer Presents Burt Bacharach 1971 TV Special
Marlowe 1969
Bye Bye Braverman 1968
The Kraft Music Hall 1967 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twilight 1998 writer: "P.M. Country Blues"
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995 writer: "Gotta Move"
Lust in the Dust 1985 arranger: "Tarnished Tumbleweed", "These Lips Were Made For Kissin'", "South Of My Border" / performer: "Tarnished Tumbleweed", "These Lips Were Made For Kissin'", "South Of My Border"
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit 1979 TV Movie music: "Once a Year Night"
The Prize Fighter 1979 lyrics: "'TIL THE END" / music: "'TIL THE END"
Rivals 1972 music: "Promise Me", "Funny Face", "Uptown Downtown,"
Marlowe 1969 music: "LITTLE SISTER"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Benson 1983 TV Series Telethon Pianist
Ford Star Jubilee 1955 TV Series pianist on camera, as Himself -

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS Galaxy 1977 TV Special musical director
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series dance arranger - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 more special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special Orchestra leader
The Carol Burnett Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Cameo Appearance
Here's Edie 1963 TV Series Himself - Orchestra Leader

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction of a Variety, Musical or Dramatic Program The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction of a Variety, Musical or Dramatic Program The Kraft Music Hall (1967)
1965 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Musicians My Name Is Barbra (1965)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Direction The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) · Bill Conti (music director)
· William Kidd (arranger)
· Julie Giroux (arranger)
· Ashley Irwin (arranger)
· Morton Stevens (arranger)
· Jack Eskew (arranger)
· Billy Byers (arranger)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration (1988) · Elliot Lawrence (music director)
· Torrie Zito (principal arranger)
· Don Sebesky (principal arranger)
· Tommy Newsom (principal arranger)
· Lanny Meyers (principal arranger)
· Jamie Lawrence (principal arranger)
· Lawrence Schwartz (principal arranger)
· Larry Grossman (vocal arranger)
· Mark Hummel (dance arranger)
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin (1987)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1985) · Nick Perito (music director/principal arranger)
· Bob Alberti (principal arranger)
· Jon Charles (principal arranger)
· Allyn Ferguson (principal arranger)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special (1986)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore) Drop-Out Father (1982)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Sheena Easton... Act One (1983)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Shirley MacLaine... Illusions (1982)
1981 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore) Father Damien: The Leper Priest (1980)
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special First, You Cry (1978)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Sills and Burnett at the Met (1976)
1976 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation Funny Lady (1975)
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Music Direction of a Variety, Music or Dramatic Program The Carol Burnett Show (1967)


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