An American Organist in Paris: The Letters of Lee Orville by Michael Hix

By Michael Hix

Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, throughout the first region of the 20 th 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 until eventually 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 type and aesthetic. Upon returning to the us, Erwin started his long profession in radio and tv operating with Arthur Godfrey. In 1967, Erwin was once commissioned through 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 good American theater organs. He toured commonly, enjoying millions of live shows 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 song functionality accompanying movie. Erwin, believing that cue sheets initially compiled for those movies in the course of 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 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 reports shared by way of the multitude of yank 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 large musical occupation and effect at the silent movie track revival within the twentieth century, can also be integrated. This publication will function a different glimpse into the lifetime of one among America's so much prolific composers for the theater organ.

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He died on September 21, 2000. 13. Erwin at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. indb 31 3/15/12 2:27 PM 32 C HA P TER 2 Notes 1. Records from the Erwin family Bible. Lee Orville Erwin and Mary Estella Shaver were married 18 September 1907 in Huntsville at the residence of the bride’s parents. 2. Sara Erwin Hix, personal interview with author, Huntsville, Alabama, 13 November 2002. 3. Joseph (Joe) Erwin, Tryon, North Carolina, letter to author, 11 January 2003. 4. According to Sara Erwin Hix, this church was West Huntsville United Methodist Church.

The organist led the audience in singing a popular song, while a film projected the words onto the screen. 24. Klos, “Portrait of Lee Erwin,” 15. 25. Erwin graduated from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1936. 26. They later relocated to 291 Southern Avenue in Cincinnati. 27. John Ranck, phone interview with author, 2 February 2003. 28. Ibid. 29. Joe Erwin, letter to author, 12 January 2003. 30. Mary Cassata and Thomas Skill, Life in Daytime Television: Tuning in Daytime Serial Drama (Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1983), 108.

30. Mary Cassata and Thomas Skill, Life in Daytime Television: Tuning in Daytime Serial Drama (Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1983), 108. 31. , 102. 32. , 106. 33. Allan Hughes, “Pipe Organ Reresounds at Movies,” New York Times, 28 November 1980, C22. 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.

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