Dukelsky, Vladimir

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Dukelsky, Vladimir (b Parfianovka, 1903; d Santa Monica, Calif., 1969). Russ.-born composer (Amer. cit. 1936). Settled in NY 1922. Ballet Zéphyr et Flore prod. Diaghilev, 1925. Wrote several other ballets; operas; 4 syms.; oratorio; pf. conc.; vn. conc.; vc. conc.; pf. sonata; hpd. sonata. Changed name (at Gershwin's suggestion), and as Vernon Duke wrote mus. for musical comedies (notably Cabin in the Sky, 1940), films, etc. Best-known song is April in Paris.