Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, through 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, frolicked 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 adventure drastically formed his compositional variety and aesthetic. Upon returning to the us, Erwin started his long profession in radio and tv operating with Arthur Godfrey. In 1967, Erwin used to be commissioned through 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 nice American theater organs. He toured broadly, 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 dwell tune 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 rankings to over a hundred silent films.
An American Organist in Paris offers Lee Orville Erwin's letters from France to his relatives in 1930-1931. In those letters, Erwin recounts his day-by-day stories 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 additionally replicate the typical studies shared by means of the multitude of yank 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 wide musical profession and influence at the silent movie song revival within the twentieth century, is usually incorporated. This booklet will function a special glimpse into the lifetime of certainly one of America's such a lot prolific composers for the theater organ.
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