Malotte, Albert Hay
- Paul C. Echols
- , revised by Daniel Goldmark
(b Philadelphia, PA, May 19, 1895; d Hollywood, CA, Nov 16, 1964). American Composer, lyricist, and organist. The son of a choirmaster, he was a boy soprano and studied piano and organ at an early age, the latter with William S. Stansfield. He continued his training in Europe, working as a theater organist for motion-picture houses including the Plaza Theatre in London, and studied in Paris with Georges Jacob and Eugene Sizes. After returning to the United States he moved to Hollywood, where he opened a school in 1927 to train theater organists. However, the introduction of sound into films forced him to close his school the following year. Before turning to composing full time, Malotte was an amateur prizefighter (supposedly once facing Jack Dempsey) and worked as a cowboy on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.
In the summer of 1934 Malotte’s scores for two ballets, “Carnival in Venice” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” were performed during two separate concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. This work brought him to the attention of Walt Disney; he joined Disney’s studio in ...