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Lang, Philip (Emil) J(oseph)

George J. Ferencz

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b April 17, 1911; d Feb 22, 1986). American orchestrator, arranger and composer. He studied at Ithaca College (1931) and then the Juilliard Graduate School. At WOR radio Lang worked under the music director Alfred Wallenstein and as arranger and assistant conductor for Morton Gould’s radio programmes. During World War II he was an ensign in charge of music for the US Maritime Service. Lang’s earliest theatre orchestrations include those for Gould’s Billion Dollar Baby (1945) and Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun (1946). The following two decades were divided between the specialized craft of theatre scoring and his composing or arranging for America’s educational market. Among the most successful of his dozens of Broadway credits are High Button Shoes (composer: Styne, 1947), Can-Can (Porter, 1953), My Fair Lady (Loewe, 1956), Camelot (Loewe, 1960), Hello Dolly! (Herman, 1964) and ...

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