His soaring film scores embedded the images in our heart and memory

Marvin Hamlisch, to whom we owe the soundtrack for “A Chorus Line” and that of movies like “The Way We Were” and “The Sting,” died at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“He passed away on Monday in Los Angeles,” confirmed his spokesman, Ray Costa. The causes of death were not specified, but the composer had been hospitalized “last week” in Burbank.

“I am devastated,” wrote on its website the American singer Barbra Streisand, a close friend of Marvin Hamlisch. “He was a true musical genius, but above all, he was a wonderful person. He will really missed. “

“Today we lost a world-class virtuoso and a New York native whose music has given life to the stage and screen, from Broadway to Hollywood,” said for his part N.Y.C. mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Broadway theaters went dark on Wednesday night for one minute as tribute.

Born in 1944 in New York, Hamlisch studied music at Juilliard from age 7, later attending Queens College.

He first got involved on Broadway as a pianist before launching into songwriting for films and musicals.

He was 68.