Lenzberg's Riverside Orchestra - Why Don't You


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Composer and bandleader Julius Lenzberg hailed from Baltimore and began his career accompanying dancing lessons at the piano; his first composition, Ball's Academy March (1894), was dedicated to his employer. Lenzberg had already published a few pieces by 1903 when he married and moved to New York City; thereafter, he began a long round of jobs serving as an orchestra leader at various vaudeville houses in Manhattan and in the summer, he led a band out on Long Island. After settling in Queens in about 1910, Lenzberg resumed his interest in composition and in short order produced his two masterpieces: Hungarian Rag (1913) and Operatic Rag (1914). Both were fashioned after pre-existing classical compositions, although Lenzberg's transformations of them were suitably original and very well done. Many other composers who tried to mine a similar vein, at least within the context of ragtime, were not nearly as successful artistically.
In 1919, Lenzberg served as director of the George White Scandals of 1919 and also led the house band at the Riverside Theater in New York. That year, Lenzberg and the Riverside Orchestra began to make records for Edison, and though Lenzberg's recording activity ended in 1922, he was prolific, ultimately producing more than 50 sides for Edison, Standard Roll's Bell imprint, NYRL, Okeh, and Banner. Ironically, of his own compositions Lenzberg recorded only one work, Razzle Dazzle (1919), which was his next-to-last publishe d piece. Lenzberg continued to lead a band and appear on radio once it emerged, into the 1930s, but the depression knocked him out of the performing end of the business. By the last time Lenzberg is heard from in the early 1940s, he was working as a booking agent. This lovely 1920 record features a Harry Tierney tune, excerpt from the 1919 musical 'Afgar' after Charles Cuvillier's homonymous 1909 operetta. Indeed, songwriter Harry Tierney did the scoring work for the musical version of "Afgar" and managed to get one of his own songs included in it. The musical premiered on the London stage, and was a respectable hit. It starred Lupino Lane, and ran for two years on Broadway.

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I am now reading a book about the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893. Perfectly styled music to listen to while reading!
Par Boston Blackie Il y a 3 ans
Thanks a lot, Jack! This is a typical tune of the ragtime era and even today this composition is oozing charm and sparkling energy isn't it :-)
Par kspm0220s Il y a 3 ans
Excellent example of the ragtime era during which Lenzberg did most of his musical composing and performing.
Par Boston Blackie Il y a 3 ans
Thank you Ginny for your warm reception of this upload. So glad you took interest in the information about this song... you are right this work had a remarkable history! I'm delighted the song and its visual presentation uplifted you in these dreadful climatic circumstances :-)
Par kspm0220s Il y a 3 ans
I like it! I love the old musicals and related music. It is all so interesting!
The sheet music covers are great too!!!
Thank you for sharing this uplifting post at this time of stress on the US East side.
It helped to cheer me!
Par Ginny Karyn (gigi129) Il y a 3 ans