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 Otto Cesana

Otto Cesana

Birth
Brescia, Provincia di Brescia, Lombardia, Italy
Death 1 Dec 1980 (aged 81)
Bronx County, New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 117033581 · View Source
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Composer, arranger, conductor and inventor. Otto Cesana arranged and orchestrated music for network radio, the screen and the Radio City Music Hall in New York, and conducted a noted 1941 Town Hall concert of his own works.

Otto Cesana was the grandson of Rome newspaper publisher Gian Cesana, and with his wife Anna resided at 620 Fort Washington Avenue in New York. Otto arrived in the United States in 1908 and became a naturalized citizen on May 19, 1933. His brother, actor and composer Renzo Cesana, preceded him in death in 1970.

He recorded several orchestral albums with his own orchestra for Columbia Records and Modern Records, and held patents on a specialized mechanical roll-player piano, on which he recorded several works including "Negro Heaven", one of his six symphonic works including "Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra", "Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra", "Three Moods", the ballet opera "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, a symphonic poem, and "Serenade in Rhythm". He alco composed four overtures, and numerous sonatas, short pieces, suites, trios and songs, among them "Adorable", "All My Todays are Tomorrows", "Allegretto", "Alone With You", "Always You", "Am I Wasting My Time?", "As Long as Love Remembers", "Ask Your Heart", "At the Races", "Autumn Reverie", "Autumn Song", "Blackout", "Blossoms in the Moonlight", "Blue Tango", "Breezing Along", "Brief Interlude (Suite)", "C'est Paris", "Candlelight and Wine", "Candles and Heartbreak", "Carriage in the Park", "Chiquita, Chiquita", "Chocolate Ice Cream", "Colosseum by Moonlight", "Come to Me", "Comme Ci, Comme Ca", "A Country Lane", "Dancing in the Rain", "Dark Night", "Dawning Desire", "Dear Little Girl", "Devotion", "Dirge for Dotty", "Dreams", "Drifting", "Ecstasy", "Enchantment", "Entre Nous", "Fading Flowers", "The Fan", "Fancy and Free", "Fancy Pants", "First Love", "Flowers on the Spanish Steps", "Flying High", "Fond Remembrance", "For My Love", "Forever My Love", "Forget Me Not", "Freeway", "Elosia", "Good Night, My Love", "Growing Warmer", "Haunting Regret", "Heart Throb", "Heavenly", "Hey, Hey", "Hey, Professor", "Hey, You", "Hi", "Hi Tune", "How Long", "I Adore You", "I Can't Run Away From You", "I Dream", "I Fear the Night", "I Remember The Night", "If You Should Care", "Illusion", "In Your Arms", "Interlude", "Lazy Day", "Lento Molto Espressivo", "Let's Beguine", "Lingering Doubts", "Little Restaurant", "Longing", "Love Tale", "Lovers on the Appian Way", "Lua", "Marionette", "Matador", "Memories in Time", "Merry Go Round", "Midnight Tryst", "Mighty Close to Heaven", "Mine at Last", "Moonlight in Marrakesh", "Music at the Baths of Caracalla", "My Beloved", "My Only Love", "Mystic Night", "Negro Heaven", "Nice Pickings", "Nicolette", "Night Life on the Via Veneto", "Night Train", "The Night Was Filled With Stars", "No More", "No Stars", "Nostalgia", "Notte d'Amore", "Now and Then", "Omar the Tent Maker", "Once Over Brightly", "Orient Express", "Our Romance is Over", "Pantheon in the Rain", "Parfum d'Amour", "Parting", "Pensive Mood", "Presto", "Punch and Judy", "Rebound", "Reconciliation", "Reflection", "Remembrance", "Return to Me", "Reverie in 'A'", "Ridin' Wild", "Roses at Springtime", "Rush Hour", "Secret Dreams", "Sei Tu", "Serenade", "Serenade in Rhythm", "Serenata", "Sheer Ecstasy", "Shootin' the Breeze", "Silent Wish", "Sky Flight to Rome", "Smooth Sailing", "Snow Scene", "Soft and Tender", "Spring in the Borghege Gardens", "Starlight", "Starlit Sky", "Stepping Out", "Spring Frolics", "Strolling Along", "Students at the Medici Fountain", "Sugar and Spice", "Summer Breeze", "Sunset West", "Supplication", "Symphony in Jazz", "Tally Ho", "Tender Sunrise", "Tender Surrender", "Tenderly With Love", "Torch Song", "Tranquil Nights", "Twenty Days", "Twilight Waltz", "Unrequited", "Velvet Love", "Voices of Venus", "Walk in the Forum", "Weeping Willow", "When Will It End?", "Where Are You Now?", "Whirlwind", "White Cloud", "The Wine of Frascati", "Wishes and Coins in the Fountain", "With a Song", "Yester Thoughts", "Yesterday's Love", "Yesteryear", "You Haunt Me", "You'll Never Know", "You're On", "You're So Wonderful", "You've Got Me", and "Your Love Alone".

Otto Cesana also authored several scholarly journals on modern music, including "Modern Counterpoint", "The Modern Dance Orchestra", "Modern Harmony", "Voicing the Modern Dance Orchestra", and "Piano and Organ Theory".

Otto Cesana once said "From jazz, and from that I mean jazz as it's played by small groups, I derived sincere sentiment; in fact, it is this naive but deep and honest feeling that is the lifeblood of all real jazz."

Otto Cesana also operated a studio at 29 West 57th Street in New York where he taught the art of music arranging to musical luminaries including Van Alexander, Marty Matleck, Herb Quigley, Alvino Rey, Turk Van Lake and Buddy Weed.


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