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Date of Birth 1 October 1911Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 23 November 1994Studio City, California, USA  (heart attack)

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Irwin Kostal was born on October 1, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on The Sound of Music (1965), Mary Poppins (1964) and West Side Story (1961). He died on November 23, 1994 in Studio City, California, USA.

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Named a Disney Legend.
Started as arranger for the Chicago-based NBC radio show "Design for Listening", followed by Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" on television. From 1957, worked on Broadway, notably as orchestrator of the original stage version of "West Side Story". He followed this with "The Music Man" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Becoming one of the preeminent Broadway conductors led, in turn, to a contract with Disney in Hollywood.
He was essentially self-taught: eschewing college , he picked up the art of music arranging from his local library, studying symphonic scores of the great composers.
At the time of his death served as President of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers.
In 1982, the soundtrack for Disney's "Fantasia" (1940) was famously re-orchestrated and re-released in digital stereo, conducted by Irwin Kostal.

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