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31 January 2023

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Ernest Hutcheson – Australian Pianist & Julliard President – Phantom Dancer 31 January 2023

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Ernest Hutcheson is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a broadcast from 1936. He was an internationally renowned concert pianist born in Australia and was president of Juilliard, the prestigious Arts school in New York City.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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ERNEST

From his bio on the Steinway pianos’ website…

Ernest Hutcheson (1871-1951) was an Australian pianist, composer and teacher. Born in Melbourne, he toured as a child prodigy at the age of five. He later traveled to Leipzig and entered the Leipzig Conservatory at the age of fourteen to study with Carl Reinecke, Bernhard Stavenhagen, and Bruno Zwintscher. Prior to the outbreak of World War I he taught at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, but in 1914 he settled in New York, where he made his U.S. debut.

He is believed to have been the first pianist to play three concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven in a single concert: his performances of Beethoven’s third, fourth and fifth with the New York Symphony Orchestra in the Aeolian Hall in 1919.

JUILLIARD

Hutcheson had studied under Carl Reinecke (who studied with Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt), Bernhard Stavenhagen (a pupil of Liszt) and Bruno Zwintscher (who studied under Moscheles, among others). He would become Dean and then President of the Juilliard School, teaching eminent pianists that included Bruce Hungerford and Abram Chasins. He wrote two important books, “The Literature of the Piano” and “The Elements of Piano Technique,” and it is thanks to Hutcheson’s support that Gershwin was able to have the seclusion he required at Chautauqua Institution in order to meet the deadline to finish his Piano Concerto in F.

He became a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School, and successively Dean (1926–1937) and President (1937–1945) of the school. At Juilliard, he championed the use of radio musical broadcasts in education.

Hutcheson was also associated with the Chautauqua School of Music in Western New York State. Hutcheson provided a much needed refuge for George Gershwin at Chautauqua while composing and refining the Piano Concerto in F. Thanks to Ernest Hutcheson’s kind offer of seclusion for Gershwin at Chautauqua where his quarters were declared off limits to everyone until 4 p.m. daily, Gershwin was able to successfully complete his piano concerto on time.

You’ll hear him broadcasting from Chautauqua in the clip above. (I prefer his piano interpretation of the Emporer Piano Concerto to Walter Gieseking in 1944)

Ernest Hutcheson wrote concertos for piano; 2 pianos; and violin, and many solo piano works, such as a transcription of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. His music has been little heard in concert or on recordings, but his Australian compatriot Ian Munro has recorded some of his piano pieces.

Hutcheson wrote important books The Literature of the Piano, The Elements of Piano Technique, and Elektra, by Richard Strauss: a Guide to the Opera with Musical Examples from the Score, among others.

24 JANUARY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 31 January 2023
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Set 1
Les Brown
Mexican Hat Dance
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
This I Love Above All
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Gordon Drakes
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Butch Stone
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
It Had to Be You + Mush HeadLes Brown Orchestra (voc) Doris Day
‘Spotlight Bands’
Bowman Field KY
AFRS Re-broadcast
7 Oct 1945
Set 2
Charlie Barnet
Redskin Rhumba (theme)  + Charleston Alley
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
But Beautiful
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Lynn Franklyn
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
Moonglow
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
Fair and Warmer
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Dec 1959
Set 3
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Take the A-Train (theme) + Love Letters
Duke Ellington Orchestra (tb) Lawrence Brown
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Main Stem
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Fishing for the Moon + Riff’n’Drill
Duke Ellington Orchestra (tp) Rex Stewart
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
The Kissing Bug + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Joya Sherill
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 4
Ernest Hutcheson
Finale Mendelsohn Concerto in Gm
Ernest Hutcheson (piano) NBC Symphony Orchestra
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Oct 1936
Spinning Song
Ernest Hutcheson (piano)
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Oct 1936
Set 5
Bob Crosby
Summertime (theme) + Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NYC
11 Jul 1939
Reminiscin’ Time
Bob Crosby Orchestra
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
29 Apr 1940
You Turned the Tables on Me + But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day & Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Set 6
Miff Mole Trombone
Big Butter and Egg Man
Miff Mole and his Nixieland Six
‘For the Record’
WEAF NBC NYC

Keep Smilin’ at Trouble
Eddie Condon Group (tb) Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
20 Sep 1944
Peg o’ my Heart
Miff Mole and his Nixieland Six
Comm Rec
Chicago
26 Jun 1928
Impromptu Ensemble
Eddie Condon Group (tb) Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
9 Sep 1944
Set 7
Cab Calloway Records
A Minor Breakdown
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
NYC
10 Dec 1937
Vuelva
Cab Calloway OrchestraComm Rec
NYC
17 Oct 1939
Azure
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
NYC
23 Mar 1938
Fifteen Minutes Intermission
Cab Calloway Orchestra
Comm Rec
NYC
27 Jun 1940
Set 8
Modern Jazz on 1959 Radio
Open +Sid’s Ahead
Miles Davis
‘Bandstand USA’
The Spotlight
Washington DC
Mutual Network
Feb 1959
In a Prescribed MannerBuddy RichBirdland
WABC ABC NYV
7 Nov 1959
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