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

By Michael Hix

ISBN-10: 0810883384

ISBN-13: 9780810883383

Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, in the course of the first region of the twentieth century, Alabama-born organist and composer Lee Orville Erwin, like some of the twentieth century’s nice American composers, frolicked learning in Paris. From 1930 until eventually 1931 Erwin studied in France with organist André Marchal and the concord lecturers Jean Verd and Nadia Boulanger. This formative event tremendously formed his compositional kind and aesthetic. Upon returning to the USA, Erwin begun his long profession in radio and tv operating with Arthur Godfrey. In 1967, Erwin used to be 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 occupation again into the consoles of the nice American theater organs. He toured greatly, enjoying hundreds of thousands of live shows of organ tune in the course of silent movie showings. He therefore ushered within the silent movie revival, carrying on with the style of dwell track functionality accompanying movie. Erwin, believing that cue sheets initially compiled for those motion pictures in the course of 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 kinfolk in 1930-1931. In those letters, Erwin recounts his day-by-day stories 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 reports of a tender musician but additionally mirror the typical stories shared via the multitude of yankee composers who studied in France in this time. those letters are commonly footnoted to supply readability and historical past info of the destinations and personalities mentioned. A biographical bankruptcy on Erwin, which outlines his broad musical profession and effect at the silent movie track revival within the twentieth century, is usually integrated. This publication will function a distinct glimpse into the lifetime of one in every of America's so much prolific composers for the theater organ.

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This event, with music composed by Erwin, was similar in many ways to the 1967 Queen Kelly performance. Moore made a personal appearance (similar to the Gloria Swanson appearance) and her 1926 film Irene was shown. This production at the Redford Theatre in Detroit was sponsored by the Motor City Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Enthusiasts. 67 From the 1970s until 2000, Erwin toured the world as an ambassador of the theater organ and silent films. The numbers of concerts and venues he played are staggering.

Was the performer, and he was great. Mr. Erwin composed the score he played for The Eagle, which is a 70-minute film. It employs leitmotifs and includes appropriate sound effects. The nationwide theatre organ revival is resulting in the establishment of a concert circuit which includes Rochester, Detroit, San Francisco, and Dunedin in Florida. . C. ” Erwin replied: “Come to think of it, I’m finally doing the one thing which I always wanted to do more than anything else—playing a theatre organ in a theatre.

63. Ibid. 64. Allen Hughes, “Organist Evokes Silent-Film Days,” New York Times, 29 October 1968, L52. 65. Ibid. 66. Quoted in Klos, “Portrait of Lee Erwin,” 11. 67. A “Colleen Moore Show” poster describing these events was found among Lee Erwin’s collection of concert programs. 68. Lee Erwin, “A List of Theatres, Concert Halls, Churches, Recording Studios, Radio Stations, and Television Studios Where Lee Erwin Has Performed,” personal document found among Erwin’s personal belongings and programs.

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