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					                                Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents
                                  Indiana Composers sponsored by PEFCU
                                             March 21, 2010
                                       Thomas Duncan Hall, Lafayette


Inizio                                                                           Michael Schelle
                                           Regan Eckstein, violin
                                            Margot Marlatt, cello

Transfix                                                                            Zane Merritt
                                           Regan Eckstein, violin
                                            Margot Marlatt, cello

The Piano‟s Stuck (1997)                                                            Judd Danby
                                            Miho Sasaki, piano

selections from Dances (1983)                                                        Ned Rorem
         Prelude
         Valse Rappelee
                                            Margot Marlatt, cello
                                           Shellie Johnson, piano

Cloud Cradle                                                                        Miho Sasaki
                                         Amy Brandfonbrener, viola
                                           Miho Sasaki, piano

Gimme Shelter                                                                    Michael Schelle
                                          Sharilyn Spicknall, violin
                                            Miho Sasaki, piano

Early in the Morning                                                                 Ned Rorem
Ode from Poeme Pour de Paix                                                          Ned Rorem
For Poulenc                                                                          Ned Rorem

Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair                                                    Ned Rorem
Love                                                                                 Ned Rorem
                                         Beth Ann Swinson, soprano
                                           Shellie Johnson, piano

                                              INTERMISSION

selections from Santa Fe Song (1980)                                                 Ned Rorem
Opus 101                                                                    text by Witter Bynner
Sonnet
The Sowers
                                          Regan Eckstein, violin
                                         Amy Brandfonbrener, viola
                                           Margot Marlatt, cello
                                          Shellie Johnson, piano

Prayer                                                                           Michael Schelle
                                            Margot Marlatt, cello
                                           Michael Schelle, piano

The Nearness of You                                                           Hoagy Carmichael
Two Sleepy People                                                             Hoagy Carmichael
Can‟t Get Indiana Off My Mind                                                 Hoagy Carmichael
                                         Beth Ann Swinson, soprano
                                           Shellie Johnson, piano
Inizio (1988)
Commissioned by friends of the family of violinist Meredith Eggleton (1958 - 1988), Inizio ("beginnings"…)
refers to many beginnings…conceptual, musical (compositional form), spiritual, personal and
philosophical. Meredith was preparing to leave Memphis to meet with her cellist husband in New York
City when she was viciously attacked, raped and murdered in her apartment by an intruder. The piece
works through brief stages of violence, outbursts and caution, but maintains a primary level of pride,
optimism and mystical beginnings unknown to us…as the closing moments spiral to heaven.
      "How serenity, anxiety, confidence and fear paint the heavens for us…" Henry David Thoreau
Notes by Michael Schelle

Transfix, written in the summer of 2009, explores slow-moving rhythms. It attempts to thicken the sound
of a string duo through almost constant use of double-stops. The piece attempts to join with common
practice harmonic tradition, but gets stuck. It was premiered at a concert honoring Japanese composer
Hifumi Shimoyama at Butler University. Notes by Zane Merritt

The Piano’s Stuck was composed in 1995 not far outside of Indiana, when I was a graduate student in
Urbana, Illinois. [An old “friend,” long neglected, this piece comes across as at turns austere or playful,
clear or cryptic, taciturn or loquacious, frenetic or calm, truculent or warm. How did I hear it then?]

The work was composed at the behest of a colleague whose musical proclivities as both composer and
pianist ran towards minimalism. While mine did (and do) not, I began musing on one hallmark surface
trait of that style and soon became intrigued by the notion of repetition. What do/can we hear as
repeated? The piece explores a whole gamut from immediate repetition of notes on the surface (first
heralded in the opening measures) to varied repetitions of motives to the repetition of abstract patterns of
contrapuntal texture separated by large spans of time. [How far can you, old friend, stretch our perception
of repetition, of “sameness”? Where’s the line between “this-ness” and “that-ness”?]

The piece comprises two large sections of identical length, the second being a rather distorted “retelling”
[is it a repeat?] of the first. Within and across that halfway point (signaled by the appearance of octaves
and trills) various motives return often, in forms both explicit and varied, alone and in combinations
which themselves emerge as units of (repeated) musical meaning. [The piece openly celebrates the
peculiar marriage of “Sing und Ding” that is the piano in an alternation of urgent and playful polyphonic
pas de deux/trois/quatre/cinq/six/sept/huit of contrasting lyrical and fragmentary voices that try to mimic
one another’s steps but don’t always succeed in capturing the same lilt. Do I hear re-“Reflections” of
Monk and Babbitt in a curious dance?] The piece received its premier performance in 1998 by Marilyn
Nonken, and was published by the cutting-edge and now defunct online publisher Soundout Digital Press.
[It’s good to hear you again…] Notes by Judd Danby

Dances for cello and piano (1983) Ned Rorem uses characteristic devices, melded together for a light,
more occasional purpose. A commission from the Music Study Club of Metropolitan Detroit, Dances
circumscribed Rorem into using one "bowed instrument" and piano; he settled on the cello since he had
never written for such a combination before. Rorem was in the final stages of completing Picnic on the
Marne, a delicious suite of waltzes for saxophone and piano, when the Detroit commission came, and he
continued his dancing bent in a brisk but affecting suite of seven movements. It was premiered by the
cellist Jonathan Spitz and the pianist Frederick Moyer on May 6, 1984.

Cloud Cradle

Gimme Shelter (2001) for violin & piano
Many American composers have a 9/11 piece. This is mine. Notes by Michael Schelle

Prayer (2004)
Commissioned by conductor Robert Grechesky in memory of his Mom, Dorothy, Prayer was originally a
piece for cello and chamber wind ensemble and premiered by the Butler University Symphonic Wind
Ensemble. In its' original form, Prayer has been performed recently at Indiana University, the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Oklahoma, and with university wind ensembles in
Illinois, Michigan, California, Oklahoma and Ohio, and the CBDNA National Conference in Ann Arbor.
Prayer also toured with cellist Bill Grubb across Europe for five performances in March, 2005.
Notes by Michael Schelle


Performers
Amy Brandfonbrener, born and raised in the Chicago area, received a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis
Institute of Music, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. She has studied viola with
Joseph de Pasquale, Walter Trampler, and Bruno Giuranna.

Amy has performed with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Santa Fe, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the
Indianapolis Symphony and for twelve years was violist with the prize winning Harrington String Quartet in
residence at West Texas A&M University. Ms. Brandfonbrener has also served as Principal Violist and
faculty at the Brevard Summer Music Festival in North Carolina. She is presently Principal Violist with
The Northwest Indiana Symphony and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and is adjunct faculty at
Purdue teaching viola and chamber music.

Regan Eckstein has an active teaching schedule in West Lafayette. She is also Music Administrator for
the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony. Regan studied violin with Eric Rosenblith at the New England
Conservatory where she was a member of the Scholarship String Quartet coached by Rudolf
Kolisch. Subsequently, she studied with Ruggiero Ricci at Indiana University and with Shmuel Ashkenasi,
first violinist with the Vermeer Quartet.

Prior to moving back to West Lafayette, Mrs. Eckstein was a member of the Atlanta Virtuosi, a chamber
music group of thirteen musicians with whom she toured Europe and Mexico as well as performing on
their concert series in Atlanta. Regan plays regularly with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and for several
years was the Associate Concertmaster of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

Shellie Johnson has performed as solo and collaborative piano recitalist throughout the United States, in
Mexico, Argentina and Puerto Rico. She received a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from
the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and a Master of Music Degree in piano performance from the
University of Maryland at College Park, where she studied piano with Thomas Schumacher and Anne
Koscielny and accompanying with Robert McCoy.

Ms. Johnson has held accompanist positions at Eastern Kentucky University, University of Richmond,
Virginia Commonwealth University. She has collaborated with a number of arts organizations and artists
such as Actors Guild of Lexington in Kentucky; Theatre IV, Barksdale Theatre, Theatre Virginia and
Richmond Ballet in Virginia; Música de Cámara, Inc., Spanish Repertory Theatre and Thalia Spanish
Theatre in New York City; and The Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico, Ballets de San Juan, the
Interamerican Festival of the Arts and Opera de Cámara in Puerto Rico. As a rehearsal accompanist, she
has worked under the batons of Joel Sachs and Gunther Schuller, in the preparation for the premieres of
new works by Roberto Sierra and Alfonso Aponte Ledée, respectively. Collaborative recitals include
vocal and instrumental recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music and
Spanish Institute in New York. Ms. Johnson has also given solo recitals at the Ponce Art Museum
(Puerto Rico), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
(Washington, D.C.), Los Andes Auditorium (Mendoza, Argentina) and others.

Currently an accompanist for the Bach Chorale Singers and the Lafayette School Corporation, she also
serves as pianist at the Lafayette Unitarian Universalist Church, occasionally musical directs Lafayette
Civic Youth Theatre shows, and accompanies many local college and high school students in
competitions and recitals. She will join the adjunct faculty of St. Joseph‟s College Music Department in
the Fall of 2009.

Also a singer, Ms. Johnson is a current member of the Lafayette Chamber Singers and a former member
of the Bach Chorale Singers, James River Singers and St. Cecilia Choral Society. She was soprano
soloist in Handel‟s Messiah performed with Boricua College Chorus and the Bronx Arts Ensemble in New
York City. She recently performed the role of Lady Thiang in Civic Under the Stars‟ production of The
King and I.

Margot Marlatt has been playing the cello since the age of seven. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts
Academy, she went on to earn her B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Toronto under the
guidance of Denis Brott and received her Master's Degree in Cello Performance from Butler University
where she studied with Dr. William Grubb. During her studies Marlatt participated in master classes with
Janos Starker, Lorne Munroe, Gyorgy Sebok, the Cleveland Quartet and the Orford Quartet.

In her professional career, Ms. Marlatt has performed as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.
As soloist she has appeared with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony
Orchestra, Purdue University Symphony and the Bronx Symphony Orchestra in New York City. In 1992
Margot joined violinist Alfred Abel and violist Colette Abel to form Trio Amabile. Together they have
performed concerts on the Taft Museum (Cincinnati) music series, Wabash College series and the
Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. As an orchestral player Margot held the position of principal
cellist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. She continues to freelance in the Indianapolis
Symphony and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. In addition to performing, Margot is the Executive
Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society and the owner of Classical Music Agency
(www.hireclassicalmusic.com), a musical resource for weddings, corporate events & parties.

Sharilyn Spicknall (Sharry) is a freelance violinist, violist, pianist who currently holds academic
appointments at Indiana State and Purdue Universities. She sustains a long time and active performing
career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording studio artist, vocal accompanist, and orchestral
musician. Sharry is a section first violinist of the Evansville Philharmonic and also concertmaster of the
Prairie Ensemble (Champaign, Illinois). She was assistant concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony
Orchestra for more than three decades. Sharry continues to perform frequently in a substitute capacity as
violinist/violist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette, Bloomington, Columbus, Carmel,
Green Bay, Kokomo, Owensboro (Kentucky) and Indianapolis Symphonies. She was a founding member
of the Valerian (violin/piano) Duo, Sobranie Piano Trio, Estancia Piano Quartet, Pleyairs String Quartet,
and the Monet String Quartet, and is now first violinist of the ISU Faculty String Quartet, the Downstate
String Quartet (Illinois), and the Spicknall String Ensemble. She continues to be a member of the string
faculty of the Indiana University Summer Band and Orchestra Clinic, a position she has held since 1990.

Sharilyn and her husband Dr. John Spicknall, guest professor of jazz piano at DePauw University and
retired Director of Jazz Studies at ISU, live in Terre Haute. Their son, Ian, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins
University and presently working on a Doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan.

A native of West Lafayette, Beth Ann (Eikenberry) Swinson is a graduate West Lafayette High School
and the prestigious University of Kansas Music Therapy program. She continued her vocal studies in Los
Angeles and Tulsa, becoming a graduate assistant at the University of Tulsa and a member of the Tulsa
Opera Young Artists program under director Nicholas Muni. While in Oklahoma, she won the University
of Tulsa Concerto Competition and the Most Promising Young Artists Award, Metropolitan Opera National
Council Auditions, Tulsa District. Following a move to the east coast, Ms. Swinson studied extensively
with Maitland Peters, head of vocal faculty, Manhattan School of Music.

Soon after relocating to the Chicago area in 1996, Ms. Swinson joined the voice faculty of Trinity
International University in Deerfield, Illinois. In recent years, she has performed as a concert and recital
soloist at Trinity and elsewhere in the Midwest and authored and authored and performed a one-woman
music theater piece, Between the Lines. Ms. Swinson resides in the Chicago area with her husband
Timothy and their children, Eric and Maia.

Composers on today‟s program
Michael Schelle (b. 1950, Philadelphia): raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Schelle graduated from
Northern Regional High School where, as Captain of the track team, he held the all-state distance records
in javelin, shot put and hammer for 3 years running, Now 30 years running as Composer in Residence at
Butler University's School of Music, Indianapolis, he has been 2X a Pulitzer Prize nominee, a finalist for
the International Humour in Poetry Competition (Paris) and a published restaurant critic.

Schelle‟s music has been performed by over 200 orchestras and professional chamber ensembles
worldwide, including U.S. commissions / performances by the Chicago Symphony, the Detroit Symphony,
the Minnesota Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the principal orchestras of Cleveland, Milwaukee,
Cincinnati, Honolulu, Birmingham, Springfield (MA), Kansas City, Honolulu and Indianapolis, the
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and by dozens of professional chamber
groups across the U.S. including the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the New York Group for New
Music (NYC), the SONOR Ensemble (San Diego), ISIS (Dallas) and XTET (Los Angeles).

In November 2009, Schelle was the featured Guest Composer at Nagoya Imperial University in Nagoya,
Japan, and in January 2010, his Wright Flight Piano Concerto was performed seven times on tour in
China (Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hangzhou, etc.) with the South Shore Orchestra (Chicago), Miho
Sasaki, pianist.

Other recent international performances of his works have included Kammerorchester Basel
(Switzerland), the Czestochowa Symphonie (Poland), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia), Orquesta
Sinfonica Nacional (Costa Rica), Koenig Ensemble of London, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival (Cardiff,
Wales), CoMET (Contemporary Music Ensemble of Tokyo) and the 2007 Firenza International Music
Festival (Italy). His orchestral music has been performed under such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner,
Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Keith Lockhart, Tsung Yeh, William McGlaughlin, John Nelson, Maxiamo Valdes
and Michael Gielen.

He has received composition grants and awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller
Foundation, Welsh Arts Council (Cardiff UK), International Percussive Arts Society, Barlow Foundation
(Utah), American Pianists Association, New England Foundation for the Arts, Great Lakes Arts Alliance,
Arts Midwest, BMI, ASCAP & two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Recently named "Distinguished Composer
of the Year" by the Music Teachers National Association, Schelle is a frequent featured guest composer
at many leading universities, new music festivals and professional orchestras, and has 2X been
Composer in Residence at the MacDowell Artists Colony (NH), the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing
Arts (Virginia), and the Spoleto USA Festival (Charleston, SC).

Raised in northern New Jersey, in the shadows of New York City, Schelle holds degrees from Villanova
University, the Hartt School of Music (Connecticut), the University of Minnesota, and has studied with
Arnold Franchetti, Dominick Argento, and Aaron Copland. During the summers of 1994 – 2001, Schelle
lived in the Los Angeles area working with his alter-ego „part-time‟ creative passion – movie music –
composing /„ghost-writing‟ for numerous low-budget, sleazy „B-movies‟ including Bikini Prison and G-Men
from Hell. His critically acclaimed 450-page film music book, The Score (2000 - commissioned/published
                                            nd
by Silman-James Press, LA) is now in its 2 printing. Michael Schelle is Composer in Residence,
Professor of Music, and founder / director of the notorious JCFA Composers Orchestra (New Music
Ensemble) at Butler University, Indianapolis.

Zane Merritt (b. 1985) has studied composition with Michael Schelle, James Aikman, Frank Felice, and
Amy Dunker. He has studied guitar with Jaime Guiscafre and Brett Terrell. He is currently finishing his
M.M. degree in composition and guitar performance at Butler University. He has appeared in
compositional and performance capacities with Ensemble 48, Orkestra Projekt, and numerous Society of
Composers Inc. conferences. He has served as a guest composer at the University of Indianapolis and
Illinois Wesleyan University.

Judd Danby (b. 1966) is a concert music composer working in traditional and electronic media, a jazz
performer and composer/arranger, and serves as Composer-in-residence at the Arts & Communications
Academy at Jefferson High School, where he works with students in the areas of music theory,
composition, and jazz improvisation. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of jazz piano at Purdue
University, Chair of the Indiana Music Educators Association annual Composition Competition, and
serves as Artistic Director of The Jazz Club, a member-supported jazz concert series in Lafayette.
His works have been performed at venues throughout the U.S., including the Atlantic Center for the
Arts, Ball State University, Connecticut College, Indiana University, Kansas State University, Merkin
Hall, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Iowa, and Wabash College. His
Mirrors for percussion quartet is published by Media Press, and his electronic work Twelve Can Play
That Game appears on Sound Speculations (University of Illinois CD EMS 9300). His jazz works appear
on Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band‟s Receta Original (Red Pepper Records CD374). His compositions
have been featured on the radio by WILL–FM (Urbana, IL), WBAA–Purdue‟s Inside Jazz and WICR in
Indianapolis.

As a jazz pianist he performs with his quartet InterPlay, Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band, the Randy
Salman Quartet, and other jazz ensembles throughout central Indiana. As an improvising performer in
the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble he has performed with Roscoe Mitchell and recorded
Anthony Braxton‟s Composition 165 under the composer‟s direction (New Albion 050), and he toured
the former Soviet Union as a member of the University of Illinois Jazz Band.

Danby holds degrees from Rutgers University (B. Mus. in jazz performance) and the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M. Mus. and A.Mus.D. in composition-theory). He studied jazz
performance under the tutelage of Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar, William Fielder, John Garvey, Ranny
Reeve, and Sahib Shihab, jazz arranging under Mark Kirk, and composition and electronic music under
Thomas Fredrickson, John Melby, Scott Wyatt, and Paul Martin Zonn. As an Associate Artist at the
Atlantic Center for the Arts he studied with Milton Babbitt and Donald Martino.

Ned Rorem was born in Richmond, Indiana on October 23, 1923. As a child he moved to Chicago with
his family; by the age of ten his piano teacher had introduced him to Debussy and Ravel, an experience
which "changed my life forever," according to the composer. At seventeen he entered the Music School of
Northwestern University, two years later receiving a scholarship to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He
studied composition under Bernard Wagenaar at Juilliard, taking his B.A. in 1946 and his M.A. degree
(along with the $1,000 George Gershwin Memorial Prize in composition) in 1948. In New York he worked
as Virgil Thomson's copyist in return for $20 a week and orchestration lessons. He studied on fellowship
at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood in the summers of 1946 and 1947; in 1948 his song The
Lordly Hudson was voted the best published song of that year by the Music Library Association.

In 1949 Rorem moved to France, and lived there until 1958. His years as a young composer among the
leading figures of the artistic and social milieu of post-war Europe are absorbingly portrayed in The Paris
Diary and The New York Diary, 1951-1961 (reissued by Da Capo, 1998). He currently lives in New York
City.

Ned Rorem is one of America's most honored composers. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize, awarded in
1976 for his suite Air Music, Rorem has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (1951), a
Guggenheim Fellowship (1957), and an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1968). He is
a three-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award; in 1998 he was chosen Composer of the Year
by Musical America. The Atlanta Symphony recording of the String Symphony, Sunday Morning, and
Eagles received a Grammy Award for Outstanding Orchestral Recording in 1989. From 2000 to 2003 he
served as President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2003 he received ASCAP's Lifetime
Achievement Award, and in January 2004 the French government named him Chevalier of the Order of
Arts and Letters.

A native of Chiba City, Japan, Miho Sasaki came to the United States in 1999 to study English at Indiana
University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. Following additional language and collegiate course work at
Dean College (Boston), Ms. Sasaki decided to continue her musical studies in piano performance and
composition. Earning her M.M. in Music from Butler University in Indianapolis, she has studied piano with
Hiromi Iwadate (Japan), Van Cliburn Competition Silver Medalist Panyis Lyras, Prof. Anna Yow Briscoe,
and Andrew Russo of the Julliard School. She has studied composition with Michael Schelle, Paul
Chihara (UCLA), Elliott Schwartz (Maine), Stephen Gryc (Hartford, CT) and Elvis Costello.
Offered a post-graduate fellowship at the UCLA School of Music in Los Angeles, Ms. Sasaki recently
returned from an extensive tour of China (January 2010) - sponsored by the Confucius Institute for
International Exchange - as piano soloist with the South Shore Orchestra (Chicago) for Michael Schelle‟s
Wright Flight piano concerto (2002). The eleven-day tour included seven performances in the beautiful
grand theatres of Shanghai, Beijing, Ningbo, Jiaxing, Zhoushan, Yuhuan, and Hangzhu. In November
2010, Ms. Sasaki will be the featured guest artist for a recital of new piano music at Aichi Prefectural
University of Fine Arts in Yazako, Nagakute, Japan.

Miho Sasaki‟s own original compositions have recently been performed by the American Pianists
Association, the JCFA Composers Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra of New York City, and
featured during the 2008 Keuka College / Finger Lakes Summer Chamber Music Festival in upstate New
York.

In demand as an experienced translator, Ms. Sasaki was the principal translator for the 2009
Shimoyamafest sponsored by Butler University (a weeklong visit by Tokyo composer, Hifumi Shimoyama
(b. 1930) and at Nagoya Imperial University, Japan, for the 2009 International Festival of New
Technology. As a teacher, Ms. Sasaki maintains a large private piano studio in Indianapolis, and is a
critical faculty member of the Butler University Community Arts Program and the innovative Little Mozart
program.

In addition to being one of the great composers of his time, Howard "Hoagy" Charmichael (b. 1899,
Bloomington, IN) was a fine performer in his own right. His father was a laborer, who moved his family
around the midwest, eventually landing back in Indiana. In 1916 he moved the family to Indianapolis,
where Hoagland took piano lessons from a ragtime player named Reginald DuValle. His mother, who
earned money playing piano for local silent moviehouses, would tell young Howard "Music is fun, but it
don't buy you cornpone", while continuing to teach the young lad the piano. Hoagland's first love was jazz
music, although he studied law at Indiana University. Nicknamed "Hoagy" by a college sweetheart, he led
a band called "Carmichael's Collegeans" where he gained notoriety on the campus. Aside from his
studies, he was able to sing, play piano, coronet, and occasionally, the trumpet, as well as compose. The
early influence of hearing Louis Jordan's band lead him to devote more time to music and less time to
law. In 1922 he became friends with a 19 year old Bix Beiderbecke, a coronet player and bandleader who
encouraged him to write music, whom he was close with until his death in 1933. In 1924 his first
composition, "Riverboat Shuffle" was recorded by Beiderbecke and his "Wolverines". In 1927, Hoagy
finally abandoned his law studies for good. It was then onto New York, and a short period of struggle,
taking a job selling stocks with a Wall Street firm, but as a performer he led several bands playing with a
few top-notch jazz musicians. In 1929, living in New York, his tune "Star Dust" was published.

By 1935 he was in Hollywood working on music for movies, where he ended up appearing in a total of
fourteen films as an actor. In 1946 Hoagy received an Academy Award nomination for Old Buttermilk Sky
from the film "Canyon Passage" as well as publishing his first book of memoirs, "The Stardust Road."
Then in 1951, winning an Oscar for In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, sung by Bing Crosby in the
film "Here Comes The Groom". In 1965, Hoagy published "Sometimes I Wonder." A second book of
memoirs and while sitting next to Peggy Lee on an airplane she suggests the book's title.

On December 27th, 1981 Hoagy passes away at his home after suffering a heart attack. Written by
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