By Michael Hix
Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, in the course of the first sector 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 adventure 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 was once commissioned by means of the yankee Theater Organ Society to compose organ tune for the Gloria Swanson movie Queen Kelly. It used to be this movie that led his occupation again into the consoles of the nice American theater organs. He toured commonly, taking part in hundreds of thousands of live shows of organ track in the course of silent movie showings. He therefore 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 motion pictures throughout 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 kinfolk in 1930-1931. In those letters, Erwin recounts his day-by-day studies and encounters with a number of the twentieth century's maximum musicians and lecturers. 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 in addition replicate the typical reviews 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 history info of the destinations and personalities mentioned. A biographical bankruptcy on Erwin, which outlines his large musical occupation and impression at the silent movie song revival within the twentieth century, can be integrated. This e-book will function a special glimpse into the lifetime of one in every of America's so much prolific composers for the theater organ.
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Extra resources for An American Organist in Paris: The Letters of Lee Orville Erwin, 1930-1931
Whatever my lessons are will be added to that, but teachers are not expensive. I shall not be connected with the conservatory at all but get everything privately. And I think I shall get everything from two teachers and they are the very best. Just what I do I’ll write you. Of course what progress I make will be entirely up to me, but you can be sure that I’m working plenty! Mr. Titus being here to get me started off on the right foot is worth more than you can possibly imagine. Between the two of us we will keep this piano going all day long and half the night I expect.
Indb 33 3/15/12 2:27 PM 34 C HA P TER 2 48. Robert Slater, This Is CBS: A Chronicle of 60 Years (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988), 148. 49. Jeff Weiler, “Lee Erwin: A Tribute,” Theatre Organ (January–February 2001), 13. The same sort of camaraderie that is seen between modern television host David Letterman and his music director Paul Shaffer seems to have existed between Erwin and Godfrey. 50. ” 51. Klos, “Portrait of Lee Erwin,” 10. 52. Jane Kampf was a wealthy jewelry store owner from Cincinnati.
It is quite big, arriving in an entirely strange country than going to a place like Cincinnati, or the like. Mr. Titus can hold his own in a conversation with one of those Frenchmen, but as I have been here only 36 hours I have some difficulty in making myself understood and a lot more in trying to understand someone else. I would have had a lot of trouble if I had been entirely alone, but then it would have been a lot of fun if I had. Tomorrow I have to visit the American Counsel [Consul] and register and then I have to go to the police department and get a card of identity and I don’t [know] what all.