Howard Fogg (composer)

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Howard Frank Fogg (born April 27, 1892 in Lewiston / Maine , † May 17, 1953 in Montreal ) was a Canadian conductor and composer.

Fogg studied violin with Gustav Haanka in Montreal. In 1915 he was drafted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force . Promoted to Temporary Lieutenant, he was wounded in the right arm in 1918, which ended his career as a violinist. On his return to Canada he studied conducting with Gaston Borsch and in the early 1920s he directed the Melody King's Dance Orchestra, with which he recorded Alexandre Luigini's Ballet Egypt .

From 1925 to 1930 he was the conductor of The Dumbells, for which he also arranged a number of songs (including Mert Plunkett's Winter Will Come) . He was also the musical director of the 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars. He organized and directed programs for CNRM Radio and the CBC radio , worked as a conductor and arranger for the Victor Talking Machine Company and composed the soundtrack for the film Rhapsody in Two Languages ​​in 1934 , which is considered the first original composition for a film in Canada. He also composed several symphonic suites (Remembrance Day, Land of Beautiful Waters, Laurentian Suite, Symphonic Suite) as well as works for smaller orchestras and for chamber music, piano pieces (Thought at Eventide, Wanatea “Indian Intermezzo”, Valse Sybil) and songs.