Deyo, Felix, American composer and pianist, second cousin of Ruth Lynda Deyo; b. Poughkeepsie, N.Y., April 21, 1888; d. Baldwin, N.Y., June 21, 1959. He studied piano with his mother, Mary Forster Deyo (1857–1947), then at the Brooklyn Cons, of Music; after graduation, he taught there (1911–39). In 1939 he became director of the Baldwin (Long Island) Cons, of Music. He wrote 3 syms.—A Lyric Symphony (Babylon, Long Island, Dec. 8,1949), An Ancient Symphony, and A Primeval Symphony—as well as 2 piano sonatas, a Violin Sonata, and numerous piano pieces of a programmatic nature (Flight of the Dodo Bird, etc.). His wife, Asta Nygren Deyo (1898–1953), was a piano teacher.
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