An American Organist in Paris: The Letters of Lee Orville - download pdf or read online

By Michael Hix

ISBN-10: 0810883384

ISBN-13: 9780810883383

Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, throughout the first sector of the 20 th 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 academics Jean Verd and Nadia Boulanger. This formative event drastically formed his compositional variety and aesthetic. Upon returning to the us, Erwin started his long occupation in radio and tv operating with Arthur Godfrey. In 1967, Erwin was once commissioned by way of the yank Theater Organ Society to compose organ track for the Gloria Swanson movie Queen Kelly. It used to be this movie that led his profession again into the consoles of the nice American theater organs. He toured generally, taking part in millions of live shows of organ track in the course of silent movie showings. He hence ushered within the silent movie revival, carrying on with the style of reside track functionality accompanying movie. Erwin, believing that cue sheets initially compiled for those movies through 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 provides Lee Orville Erwin's letters from France to his family members in 1930-1931. In those letters, Erwin recounts his day-by-day reviews and encounters with a number 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 reviews of a tender musician but additionally replicate the typical stories shared through the multitude of yank composers who studied in France in this time. those letters are greatly footnoted to supply readability and history info of the destinations and personalities mentioned. A biographical bankruptcy on Erwin, which outlines his wide musical occupation and impression at the silent movie tune revival within the twentieth century, is additionally incorporated. This e-book will function a different glimpse into the lifetime of one in every of America's such a lot prolific composers for the theater organ.

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