Biography of the forgotten Oscar-winning composer, pianist and Oscar winner from Liverton, Richard Hogman

Biography of the forgotten Oscar-winning composer, pianist and Oscar winner from Liverton, Richard Hogman

Journalist Assing Waldas in the 1990s had an LP by American soprano Roberta Alexander, whose eye fell on a song that did not go unnoticed by me. It was written by Richard Hogman, who was born in Leverton.

Valdas, a journalist and co-author of Levard Currant, said: “I was intrigued, especially when I discovered that he wrote film music. Hogman won an Oscar for his John Ford film Stokecoach. “He’s a gift to share with three composers, but still. Did you know that my love is his hit? It’s still mostly sung in conservatories.”

From that moment, many years ago, Richard Hagman (1881-1966) walked into the life of the Waltows. He immersed himself in his life and work, writing a chapter about him for famous Frisians, among other things, he interacted with English pianist Nico De Villiers and American Catherine Kalinak, who received their doctorates from Hegemon. Lecturer in Film History at Rhode Island College. “The three of us thought Hogman was a forgotten composer who deserved an autobiography.” The 252-page book will be presented today, on the anniversary of Hogman’s death.

Cultural nest

Hogman Leever was born in a cultural nest in Synd Jacobstrad. His mother was a singer and father Maurice was a pianist and the lead conductor of the current NNO’s pioneer orchestra Der Verneing de Harmony. In Amsterdam, where the family moved in 1885, son Richard grew up to be an artistic pianist. He ended up in the United States via Paris; He went on his American tour with French singer Yvette Gilbert and got stuck there.

Opera theaters appeared in the United States at the turn of the century, and European composers were highly regarded.

Levert began his career as a conductor and pianist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and was the guest host of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1932 he wrote the opera Caponsachi. In addition, he grew up as a film composer, where he became very famous for his music for John Ford films. Hogman had a wave, Valdas says. “Opera theaters flourished in the United States at the turn of the century, and European composers were highly esteemed there. Also, the golden age of Hollywood began in the 1930s. ”

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Hogman emerges in biography as a talented musician who is flexible and quick to work with. “Someone who has the courage, especially as a film composer. He composed music under dialogue, which was very unusual at the time. “His operating background undoubtedly played a part in his success.

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“His musical story and prediction. He is, very subtly, preparing something for the rest of the film. ”At the same time, Hogman is not an innovator as a composer, which may explain why he has been in the snow in music history. “He’s a good musician, but he avoided experimentation.”

Hogman pretended that he had no part in it

Walt-House is intrigued by unique events, mainly about Hogman. In his sixties, he was not born in 1882, but discovered in 1881. Or the time he took the stage at a concert to host a Dutch opera when his own conductor was late. Valdas says that mild foot attitude is common to him. “He pretended to have won, he had no part in it. That carefree attitude has undoubtedly taken him to Hollywood.”

Frisian band

The connection with Hogman’s hometown of Leverton is subtle, with artist M.C. Comparable to Esher. Yet there was a moment when Frieslan came back to the film. The newly formed Friesk Orchestra, in a matter of minutes, asked to lead the band. “The director approached him personally for this, but nothing came of it.”

Father Maurice has been a strong cultural force for Leverton. He was involved in the foundations of de Harmony

Valdas is delighted to reveal a new piece of autobiographical music history. “We took Hakeman out of the dust and gave him the attention he deserved. For me personally, the completion of a lesson I accidentally stumbled upon many years ago, but now the question is whether he can leave Hakeman.” His father, Maurice Leverton, has been a strong cultural force. He was involved in the establishment of de Harmony and organized concerts. “There are no definite plans yet,” but “this is an interesting story.”

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Richard Hogman. From Holland to Hollywood. Katherine Kalinak, Nico De Villiers, Assing Waldas, Utkarij Peter Long Publishing, 40 Euros

Book launch tonight at 7 p.m. (Registration required)

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