Maury, Lowndes , American composer; b. Butte, Mont., July 7, 1911; d. Encino, Calif., Dec. 11, 1975. He earned his B.A. degree in music at the Univ. of Mont. in 1931, then went to Los Angeles, where he studied composition with Wesley La Violette and Schoenberg. He became active in Hollywood as a pianist, arranger, and teacher. He publ. Magic Lines and Spaces, a series of piano instruction books in correlated notation, a system employing a 3-line staff (1974).
In Memory of the Korean War Dead for Violin and Piano (1952); Proud Music of the Storm, cantata after Walt Whitman (1953); Passacaglia for String Orch. (1959); Springtime Digressions for Piano, Flute, and String Quintet (1961); Speculations for Piano and 3 String Instruments (1964); Summer of Green, rhapsody for Alto Flute and String Orch. (1964); Scène de ballet for Piccolo and String Quartet (1965); 11 Sketches for Piano Trio (1968); The Imprisoned Cellist, suite for Cello (1973).
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