Albert Hay Malotte

Albert Hay Malotte ( born May 19, 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, † November 16, 1964 in Los Angeles, California ) was an American pianist, organist, composer and educator.

Malotte studied with WS Stansfield, and later in Paris with Gordon Jacob. He began as an organist, but then turned to Hollywood, where he spent most of his time. He wrote the music for over 50 films in the 1930s and early 1940s.

However, his best-known work is a setting of the Lord's Prayer ( " The Lord's Prayer " ) from the year 1935. The work, which is taken today by classical singers and pop singers alike and is present in many recordings, was initially rejected by publishers Malottes. Finally, it took the baritone John Charles Thomas in his music, which made it famous. In recent years it has been listed in numerous charity concerts to commemorate the September 11th.

In many ways the musical version of "The Lord's Prayer " is a unique masterpiece. It is kept fairly simple, melodic, easy to sing and focuses on the religious content setting. The composition belongs next to " The Beatitudes " and the " 23 Psalm " to the sacred works Malottes.

The secular songs Malottes such as " Ferdinand the Bull " ( from the eponymous Disney film from 1938, directed by Dick Rickard ), " For My Mother" (after a poem by a twelve year old boy ) and "I am proud to be an American " are less known today. Some of his works are collected in the library of the University of California at Los Angeles. The grave Malottes is located on the hill cemetery in Hollywood.

Filmography (selection)

  • Such men are dangerous (1930 )
  • Born Reckless (Andrew Bennison and John Ford, 1930)
  • The Girl from Calgary ( Phil Whitman, 1932)
  • Hi Gaucho ( Thomas Atkins, 1935)
  • The Brave Little Tailor (1938 )
  • Dr. Cyclops ( Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1940)
  • Mystery Sea Raider ( Edward Dmytryk, 1940)
  • Pirates on Horseback ( Lesley Selander, 1941)
  • The Enchanted Forest ( Lew Landers, 1945)
  • The fisherman of Galilee ( Frank Borzage, 1959)