An American Organist in Paris: The Letters of Lee Orville by Michael Hix PDF

By Michael Hix

Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, throughout the first area of the twentieth century, Alabama-born organist and composer Lee Orville Erwin, like some of the twentieth century’s nice American composers, hung out learning in Paris. From 1930 till 1931 Erwin studied in France with organist André Marchal and the concord lecturers Jean Verd and Nadia Boulanger. This formative event enormously formed his compositional sort and aesthetic. Upon returning to the USA, Erwin begun his long occupation in radio and tv operating with Arthur Godfrey. In 1967, Erwin was once commissioned via the yank Theater Organ Society to compose organ song for the Gloria Swanson movie Queen Kelly. It was once this movie that led his profession again into the consoles of the good American theater organs. He toured generally, enjoying millions of concert events of organ tune in the course of silent movie showings. He hence ushered within the silent movie revival, carrying on with the style of stay tune functionality accompanying movie. Erwin, believing that cue sheets initially compiled for those movies throughout the silent movie period have been “full of the musical cliché’s of the 1920s,” composed new ratings to over a hundred silent films.

An American Organist in Paris offers Lee Orville Erwin's letters from France to his kinfolk in 1930-1931. In those letters, Erwin recounts his day-by-day reviews and encounters with many of the twentieth century's maximum musicians and academics. He writes of his classes with Marchal, Verd, and Boulanger and dinner events with Olivier Messiaen. Erwin's letters not just give you the singular stories of a tender musician but in addition replicate the typical reports shared by means of the multitude of yankee composers who studied in France in this time. those letters are commonly footnoted to supply readability and heritage info of the destinations and personalities mentioned. A biographical bankruptcy on Erwin, which outlines his wide musical occupation and effect at the silent movie track revival within the twentieth century, is additionally incorporated. This publication will function a special glimpse into the lifetime of one in all America's so much prolific composers for the theater organ.

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