Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975

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Lowndes Maury was born in Butte, Montana, in 1911 to H. Lowndes Maury and Anne Perkins Maury. He learned piano from his mother. In 1931, he graduated from the University of Montana--Missoula and went on to study piano and composition in Chicago. He also studied with Arnold Schoenberg in Boston.

Beginning in the 1930s, he built a career in Hollywood as a pianist, composer-arranger, and conductor. For a time he worked as a composer, arranger, pianist, and organist on twelve radio shows simultaneously, including the Eddie Cantor and Jack Haley shows Life with Father and The Life of Riley . He wrote film scores for Universal Pictures studios, for U.S. Air Force training films, and for the Mr. Magoo cartoons. He was also a contract pianist for Twentieth-Century Fox studios.

He also composed considerable "serious" music. Among his major works is the cantata Proud Music of the Storm (Walt Whitman), commissioned for the dedication of the new music building at the University of Montana in 1953. Other commissioned works included "Summer of Green," a rhapsody for alto flute and string orchestra, which was premiered by the New Zealand National Orchestra; "Night Life," for Kurt Reher, principal cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; and Man is My Song, a cantata written for the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles.

In later years, he established the Lou Muary Piano School in North Hollywood. There his interest in the pedagogy of music resulted in two volumes of student and artist piano pieces called New Soundings. He also developed a new approach to music notation with Ralph Cromleigh, a computer analyst for Teledyne Systems, and brought out four volumes of Magic Lines and Spaces.

His Variations on a Beethoven Theme was commissioned and recorded by harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, and his violin sonata In Memory of the Korean War Dead was recorded by the composer with violinist Myron Sandler.

In 1964, he was cited by the Montana Territorial Centennial Committee for distinguished service in the field of original composition. In 1974, the University of Montana awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters.

He died in 1975.

From the guide to the Lowndes Maury Papers, 1933-2001, (University of Montana--Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Let the rail splitter awake : a Lincoln songs / [words by] Pablo Neruda ; [music by] Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Suite for two pianos / Lowndes Maury. University of Montana, Mansfield Library
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Six changes : for two pianos / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. [Vocal compositions] / Lowndes Maury. University of Montana, Mansfield Library
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Three songs of William Blake : for baritone or mezzo-soprano with piano accompaniment / Lowndes Maury. University of Montana, Mansfield Library
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Mid-century : three pieces for piano solo / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Concert suite for flute, two clarinets, [and] piano / [Lowndes Maury]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Lowndes Maury Papers, 1933-2001 University of Montana--Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Song without words : for clarinet & piano / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Sonnet: The world is too much with us / [words by William Wordsworth ; music by] Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Earliest suite : for keyboard instruments (harpsichord, clavichord, piano) / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Waltz rhapsody / [by Lowndes Maury]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. A waltzing fugue / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Goddesses / [words and music by] Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Of time and its passing : three songs for a cappella chorus / poems by Robert Herrick, Edmond [sic] Waller, George Herbert ; music by Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Quintet for wood winds / Lowndes Maury. University of Montana, Mansfield Library
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Christmas prayer / text by Stephen Hale Fritchman ; music by Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Passacaglia for chamber orchestra / by Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Prelude and fugue for trombone and piano / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Wind-sweep : piano / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Sonatina for violin, bassoon, and piano / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Tom Thumb and the giant / [Lowndes Maury]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Night life : for cello and piano / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Space trip / Lou Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Three essays in style : for woodwind quintet / by Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Concerto for piano and orchestra / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Three poets : piano solos / by Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Three-voice invention [for] piano / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Mountain in the mist : piano solo / Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. The birthday divertimento : for flute, violin, and viola / by Lowndes Maury . New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975. Vertue : for a cappella chorus / [words by] George Herbert ; [music by] Lowndes Maury. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Blake, William, 1757-1827 person
associatedWith Fritchman, Stephen Hale person
associatedWith Herbert, George, 1593-1633 person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 person
associatedWith Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973 person
associatedWith University of Montana corporateBody
associatedWith Wadsworth, William, 1770-1850 person
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Subject
Suites (Piano)
Christmas music--Choruses, sacred
Piano music (pianos (2)--Scores
Wind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe)--Scores
Suites (Harpsichord)
Trios (Piano, bassoon, violin)--Scores
Wind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, horn, oboe, piccolo)xScores
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) unaccompanied
Piano--Study and teaching
Songs (Medium voice) with piano--Scores
Vocal music
Concertos (Piano)--Scores
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with organ
Songs with instrumental ensemble
Piano music
Canons, fugues, etc. (Piano)
Woodwind quintets (Bassoon, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, oboe)--Scores
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with organ
Passacaglias (Chamber orchestra)--Scores
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices 4 parts) with piano
Violoncello and piano music--Scores
Suites (Pianos (2))--Scores
Songs with piano--Scores
Choruses, Secular (Women's voices, 3 parts) with piano
Suites (Flute, violin, viola)--Scores
Waltzes (Orchestra)--Scores
Canons, fugues, etc. (Trombone and piano)--Scores
Motion picture music
Performing Arts
Clarinet and piano music--Scores
Suites (Piano, clarinets (2), flute)--Scores
Sound Recordings
Occupation
Composers--United States
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Birth 1911

Death 1975

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