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Raymond Scott

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Biography

Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, 10 September 1908 – 8 February 1994), was an American composer, orchestra leader, pianist, engineer, electronic instrument inventor and electronic music pioneer. He was born in Brooklyn to a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants. Though Scott never scored cartoon soundtracks, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Warner Bros. In 1936, Scott formed the "Raymond Scott Quintette", hoping to revitalise swing music through tight, busy arrangements and reduced reliance on improvisation. He called this musical style "descriptive jazz," and gave his works titles like "New Year's Eve in a Haunted House," and "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" (recorded by the Kronos Quartet in 1993). It was these compositions that were sold to Warner Bros. in 1943.

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