Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 10 Dec. '13, Long Island NY; d 21 Feb. '96, Orlando FL) Pianist, composer, arranger, conductor. Of Russian and Austrian extraction; first composition published at age six; about 1,000 incl. symphonies, TV soundtracks, flute concerto (for Georg Solti and Chicago SO, flautist Donald Peck), ballets Interplay, Fall River Legend, I'm Old Fashioned for Jerome Robbins, Audubon (aka Birds Of America) for George Balanchine (never staged; suite 'Apple Waltzes' was drawn from it). On Broadway: Billion Dollar Baby '46 with Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Arms And The Girl '50 with Dorothy Fields; film scores incl. Delightfully Dangerous '45 (also appeared with orchestra). Records of pop material in light classical treatment on Decca, Columbia (albums Symphonic Serenade, Starlight Serenade etc '50s); on RCA: LPs of songs from Broadway shows etc; music of Ives, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Nielsen (clarinet concerto with Benny Goodman) with CSO, also Miaskovsky's Symphony No. 21 '68, commissioned by that orchestra '40. RCA/BMG reissues on CD after his death incl. Jungle Drums, Carmen For Orchestra, Blues In The Night, Kern/Porter Favorites, others.