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composer , pianist

Oscar Levant, American composer, pianist.

Background

Levant, Oscar was born on December 27, 1906 in Pittsburgh. Son of Max and Annie (Radin) Levant.

Education

Educated grades and high school, Pittsburgh, studied music under Sigismund Stojowski. Studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg, 1935-1937.

Career

Composer and assistant to producer of motion pictures. Appeared as soloist with New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Rochester, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Montreal, Detroit, Minneapolis and NBC orchs. Conducted original composition with three of above orchs.

Composer: (songs) Blame It on My Youth, Lady Play Your Mandolin. Music Expert” on Information Please” radio program. Appeared in pictures, Rhythm on the River, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, Rhapsody in Blue, Humoresque, Barkley’s of Broadway, An American in Paris.

The Bandwagon, Recorded album of modern piano music and Gershwin Concerto in F with New York Philharmonic Society for Columbia, Rhapsody in Blue with Philadelphia Orchestra for Columbia. Original compositions played by Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Brooklyn and NBC symphony orchs. Author: A Smattering of Ignorance, 1940.

Memoirs of An Amnesiac, 1965. The Unimportance of Being Oscar, 1968. Contributor to Good Housekeeping, Harpers, Town and Country, Vogue.

Home: Beverly Hills California.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer and assistant to producer of motion pictures. Appeared as soloist with New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Rochester, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Montreal, Detroit, Minneapolis and NBC orchs. Conducted original composition with three of above orchs.

      Composer: (songs) Blame It on My Youth, Lady Play Your Mandolin. Music Expert” on Information Please” radio program. Appeared in pictures, Rhythm on the River, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, Rhapsody in Blue, Humoresque, Barkley’s of Broadway, An American in Paris.

      The Bandwagon, Recorded album of modern piano music and Gershwin Concerto in F with New York Philharmonic Society for Columbia, Rhapsody in Blue with Philadelphia Orchestra for Columbia. Original compositions played by Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Brooklyn and NBC symphony orchs. Author: A Smattering of Ignorance, 1940.

      Memoirs of An Amnesiac, 1965. The Unimportance of Being Oscar, 1968. Contributor to Good Housekeeping, Harpers, Town and Country, Vogue.

Connections

Married Barbara Smith, January 5, 1932. Married second, June Gale, December, 1939. Children: Marcia Ann, Lorna, Amanda.

father:
Max Levant

mother:
Annie (Radin) Levant

spouses:
Barbara Smith

June Gale

children:
Marcia Ann Levant

Lorna Levant

Amanda Levant