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Albert Hay Malotte papers, 1945-1960 PASC-M 40
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Albert Hay Malotte (1895-1964) was most well known as a songwriter and composer. Some of his more popular works include scores for Academy Award-winning Walt Disney animation shorts Ferdinand the Bull (1938) and The Ugly Duckling (1939) and a musical setting of The Lord’s Prayer (1935). During the 1940s and 1950s, Malotte wrote scores for comedic musical plays, some of which are included in this collection. Scores and written scripts for the musicals Fanfare, Limbo (also known as Once upon a Dream), The Big Tree (later renamed California Story), and Lo’loma make up the bulk of the materials, but an autographed photograph of Malotte and sheet music for his song I am Proud to be an American, are also included.
Albert Hay Malotte was born May 19, 1895 in Philadelphia, PA. Malotte developed an interest in music at an early age and was a choir boy at Saint James Episcopal Church (Philadelphia) under the direction of his father, Charles Malotte, who served as a choirmaster there. Later in life, Malotte studied under Victor Herbert, a composer and founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He received further training in organ, voice, and composition abroad and worked as a concert organist for several years. His interest in the American West eventually took him to Hollywood, CA, where he worked for Walt Disney Studios. While at Disney, Malotte composed the scores for several of the company’s Silly Symphonies, including the Academy Award-winning Ferdinand the Bull (1938) and The Ugly Duckling (1939). Malotte’s most popular work was a musical setting of The Lord’s Prayer (1935), but he also wrote numerous songs and composed multiple movie and musical scores during the course of his career. In addition to scoring musicals written by others, Malotte wrote and scored his own musical, Lo’loma, in the early 1950s. Lo’loma tells the story of Sergeant Eddie Kwaihoya, a Hopi man who returns to his village in Arizona to marry his sweetheart after serving as a Marine in World War II. Albert Hay Malotte died on November 16, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA.
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