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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 a few of the twentieth century’s nice American composers, hung out learning in Paris. From 1930 until eventually 1931 Erwin studied in France with organist André Marchal and the concord academics Jean Verd and Nadia Boulanger. This formative adventure tremendously formed his compositional type and aesthetic. Upon returning to the USA, Erwin begun his long occupation in radio and tv operating with Arthur Godfrey. In 1967, Erwin used to be commissioned via the yankee Theater Organ Society to compose organ song for the Gloria Swanson movie Queen Kelly. It was once this movie that led his occupation again into the consoles of the nice American theater organs. He toured commonly, enjoying millions of concert events of organ song in the course of silent movie showings. He therefore 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 motion pictures through the silent movie period have been “full of the musical cliché’s of the 1920s,” composed new rankings to over a hundred silent films.

An American Organist in Paris provides Lee Orville Erwin's letters from France to his kin in 1930-1931. In those letters, Erwin recounts his day-by-day reports 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 studies of a tender musician but additionally replicate the typical reviews shared by means of the multitude of yankee composers who studied in France in this time. those letters are greatly footnoted to supply readability and historical past details of the destinations and personalities mentioned. A biographical bankruptcy on Erwin, which outlines his vast musical occupation and effect at the silent movie track revival within the twentieth century, is usually integrated. This e-book will function a distinct glimpse into the lifetime of one among America's so much prolific composers for the theater organ.

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As Godfrey’s importance as a broadcaster grew, so did Erwin’s responsibilities to the numerous Godfrey programs. At one point in his career, Erwin was conducting, arranging, composing, and performing (organ and piano) for CBS. 49 When reminiscing about his days at CBS, Erwin recalled, “Mr. ”50 These songs were sung by Godfrey and “all the little Godfreys”: Janette Davis, Julius La Rosa, Bill Lawrence, Marion Marlowe, Frank Parker, Johnny Nash, Lu Ann Simms, Carmel Quinn, Pat Boone, the Chordettes, the Mariners, and the McGuire Sisters.

34. com/wlw. 35. Dick Perry, Not Just a Sound: The Story of WLW (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1971), 3. 36. com/ ohio/wlw. S. Highway 27 in Millville, Ohio. 37. ” 38. Perry, Not Just a Sound, 3. 39. , 38. 40. , 43. 41. ” For unknown reasons, Waller was fired from WLW by Crosley. One legend cites his excessive drinking, while another states that Crosley felt the jazz music Waller played was disrespectful to the organ that was dedicated to the memory of his mother. 42. John Ranck, phone interview with author, 2 February 2003.

It includes many details concerning the performance, including Swanson’s role as emcee. Y. Chapter Member Lee Erwin at the console of the mighty, better-than-new Beacon Wurlitzer. This great event stems directly from Miss Swanson’s thrilling surprise appearance at our memorable Gaylord Carter “Flicker Fingers” Beacon show in February. In addition to his program of traditional organ novelties and songtime favorites, Lee Erwin has composed a special score to accompany Gloria Swanson’s last silent Von Stroheim feature length classic, Queen Kelly on the magnificent, 4 manual Beacon organ.

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