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Ampico Artist Wilbur Chenoweth
By Peter Phillips

In response to Bob Stewart (021114 MMDigest), first let me say that
Chenoweth is one of my favorite Ampico artists.  He was apparently
a friend of Charles Stoddard, which could be a reason for his inclusion
in the Ampico line-up.  But regardless of this, his performances and
compositions speak for themselves.  My especial favorite is Dreams,
which he wrote and performed (roll number 2783F).

According to the Obenchain rollography, "Complete Catalog of Ampico
Reproducing Piano Rolls", 1977, page 123, Chenoweth was born in 1899
in Nebraska, and was still running his own music studio in Los Angeles
at the time of printing.  I don't know when he died.

Obenchain states that Chenoweth studied with Silber at the University
of Nebraska, and later with Stojowski, Lambert and Yon in New York.
Returning to Nebraska, he became professor of piano, organ and
composition at his alma mater.  He moved to Los Angeles in 1938, where
he was appointed head of Occidental College, remaining there until
1944.  He appeared as soloist with various symphony orchestras, and
is mainly known today through his compositions.

He recorded 11 Ampico rolls, including the delicious Tschaikovsky
Melodies.  I don't have all his rolls, but am ever on the look out.
His playing is virtuosic yet highly expressive and gentle.  I try
and include at least one Chenoweth e-roll when I have a musical evening.

An Ampico catalog signed by Chenoweth would be a wonderful thing to
own, so my congratulations, Bob.  And I'll bet this is not the only
reply you get, as Chenoweth is generally admired and loved, certainly
amongst my circle of friends.

Peter Phillips
New South Wales, Australia


(Message sent Mon 18 Nov 2002, 04:00:40 GMT, from time zone GMT+1000.)

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