- Duncan J. Cumming
(b Township of Chester, WI, Feb 19, 1915; d Topsham, Maine, January 13, 2015).
American pianist and composer. The sixth of nine children, he grew up in a musical family and began studying the piano at the age of three. By 12, Glazer played in a weekly vaudeville act; by 17 he had played Rhapsody in Blue with an orchestra 28 times in a single week. He studied in Berlin with Artur Schnabel, and also met arnold Schoenberg who gave him lessons the following year. Hitler’s rise to power shortened his stay in Europe. Glazer returned to America and gave critically acclaimed debuts, both as a soloist at Town Hall and with with Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During the 1930s and 1940s he composed songs (many published by BMI) and studied piano technique and technology. His approach to technique, and his emphasis on the economy of motion, has no doubt contributed to his incredible longevity as a pianist. In the 1950s he wrote and performed in his own weekly television show, first in Milwaukee and later on national TV. In ...