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Robert Armbruster, Duo-Art Artist & Arranger
By V. Austin

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I wonder if anyone knows if Robert Armbruster is still alive?
I am working on a dissertation on Meredith Willson and Armbruster
arranged one of Willson's earliest works, an Intermezzo for Piano
entitled 'Skyline.'  My question is exactly what did Armbruster
arrange?  I would also like to know if he worked further with Willson.

V. Austin

 [ Tom Lear wrote in 020922 MMDigest:
 [ "Robert Armbruster, contemporary of Edgar Fairchild, was Orchestral
 [ Conductor for the Lux Radio Theatre, for a portion of, or the entire
 [ duration of 1934-1955.  This was one of few sixty-minute broadcasts
 [ and was the most important dramatic show in radio.  The 931 episodes
 [ broadcast were all based on popular films with the biggest stars of
 [ Hollywood playing the parts and during its heyday the audience was
 [ estimated as high as forty million."
 [ In his Duo-Art rollography, historian Charles Davis Smith says that
 [ Armbruster, born in Philadelphia in 1896, was "second only to Frank
 [ Milne in the total of Duo-Art issues recorded under his own name and
 [ three others, performing classic, popular salon, ballads, arrangements
 [ and transcriptions from 1915 into the 1930s."
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 29 Apr 2005, 22:06:30 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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