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Josef Marais Edit Profile

composer , guitarist , singer

Josef Marais, South African guitarist, singer, composer. Member American Guild Musical Artists, American Federation television and Radio Artists, American Federation Musicians, Am Camping Association (honorary). Lion (honorary).

Background

Marais, Josef was born on November 17, 1905 in South Africa. Son of Max and Annie (Highman) Pessach.

Education

Student South African College of Music, 1923, Royal Academy Music, London, 1928. Violin studies with Otokar Sevcik, Jeno Hubay, 1930.

Career

Came to the United States, 1939, naturalized, 1945. Radio program African Trek, Blue Network, 1939-1941. Head Afrikaans and Dutch broadcasts, O.W.I., 1941-1945.

Partner Marais and Miranda, folk ballad singers, from 1945. President Fideree Music Corporation. Appeared in Hollywood Bowl.

Recordings Decca, Kapp, Motivation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer records. Writer music Africana Suite for Broadway play Too Late the Phalarope. Composer opera Tony Beaver, Paul Gauguin Suite for art film The Noble Savage, Hebraic Rhapsody for film Land of the Book.

Creator popular songs Sugarbush, Around the Corner, Marching to Pretoria. First symphonic appearance with Franz Allers, Lewisohn Stadium, New York, also Grant Park, Chicago, 1957. Faculty, adviser Idyllwild Arts Foundation, University of Southern California Idyllwild School Music and Arts, Idyllwild, California.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: (with wife) Folk Songs Jamboree, 1960. World Folk Songs, 1964. (with Miranda Marais) Long Live The Bruegel People.

Membership

Member American Guild Musical Artists, American Federation television and Radio Artists, American Federation Musicians, Am Camping Association (honorary). Lion (honorary).

Connections

Married Rosa Lily Odette Baruch, July 18, 1947.

father:
Max Pessach

mother:
Annie (Highman) Pessach

spouse:
Rosa Lily Odette Baruch