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date: 08 August 2020

De Paur, Leonard locked

  • Robert Paul Kolt

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(b Summit, NJ, Nov 18, 1915, d New York, NY, Nov 7, 1998). American conductor, composer, arranger, and vocalist. He attended the State of New Jersey Manual Training School (Bordentown, NJ), the Institute of Musical Arts (now Juilliard), and Columbia University Teachers College. He also studied voice privately with Sergei Radamsky, conducting with pierre Monteux , and composition with Henry Cowell and Hall Johnson. De Paur composed and arranged music as a member of the Hall Johnson Choir, with whom he sang and served as assistant conductor (1932–6). He then became musical director of the Negro Unit of the Federal Theater Project in New York (1936–9), with which he conducted, composed, and arranged music for various Orson Welles productions, including Macbeth. In 1942 he enlisted in the US Army Air Force and became choral director of the play Winged Victory (1943–6). From this emerged the De Paur Infantry Chorus which, under contract with Columbia Artists Management and Columbia Records, toured extensively until ...

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