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Robert Armbruster

Robert Armbruster (October 9, 1897 – June 20, 1994) was born John Robert Sommers Armbruster in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American composer, conductor, pianist and songwriter, he also recorded piano rolls under the pseudonyms of: Henri Bergman, Edwin Gabriel, Robert Romayne, Robert Summers.

After studying with Constantin von Sternberg he became a concert pianist, then branched out into conducting and a composing for radio, then television and film. He debuted as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eight. In his teenage years, he started recording piano rolls for the Aeolian Company's Duo-Art reproducing pianos and turned out hundreds of classical and salon-type performances for them. He attracted particular notice as orchestra leader of The Voice of Firestone, the songs "Cuddle Up" and "High Barbaree" and his compositions "Western Ballet" and "Variations in Miniature on Chopsticks".

During the 1940s, Armbruster was the conductor of the NBC Hollywood Orchestra for many charitable specials.

In 1948, Armbruster was musical director, conductor and solo pianist for the Kraft Music Hall program starring Nelson Eddy. A fine pianist, he was featured each week in classical piano solos. The program had an excellent orchestra of about 35. Regular arrangers included Billy May and Nelson Riddle. In the sixties, Armbruster was head of the music department at MGM Studios.

He died in Santa Monica, California on June 20, 1994.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 9, 1896 (Philadelphia), Died June 20, 1994 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7RB-2733 10-in. 12/22/1947 God bless America Robert Armbruster ; Lotte Lehmann ; St. Luke Choristers Soprano vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra conductor  
Victor D7RB-2734 10-in. 12/22/1947 The Kerry dance Robert Armbruster ; Lotte Lehmann Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor D7RB-2735 10-in. 12/22/1947 Träumerei Robert Armbruster ; Lotte Lehmann Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Victor D7RB-2736 10-in. 12/22/1947 Lullaby Robert Armbruster ; Lotte Lehmann Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia H31 10-in. approximately 1940 Dear little café Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia H32 10-in. approximately 1940 Tokay Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia H33 10-in. approximately 1940 I'll see you again Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia H34 10-in. approximately 1940 The call of life Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia H120 10-in. approximately 1940 Adeste fideles Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia H121 10-in. approximately 1940 Silent night, holy night Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia H149 10-in. approximately 1940 Major general's song Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia H150 10-in. approximately 1940 My object all sublime Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia H151 10-in. approximately 1940 I am monarch of the sea Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia H153 10-in. approximately 1940 Oh! A private buffoon Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO534 10-in. approximately 1941 Forgive Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy ; Risë Stevens Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO535 10-in. approximately 1941 The chocolate soldier Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy ; Risë Stevens Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO536 10-in. approximately 1941 Ti-ra-la-la Robert Armbruster ; Risë Stevens Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with female chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO537 10-in. approximately 1941 Sympathy Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy ; Risë Stevens Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO541 10-in. approximately 1941 My hero Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy ; Risë Stevens Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO542 10-in. approximately 1941 While my lady sleeps Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with male chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO634 10-in. approximately 1942 Good King Wenceslas Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO635 10-in. approximately 1942 The first Nowell Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO647 10-in. approximately 1942 Little work-a-day world Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO648 10-in. approximately 1942 Spring is here Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra conductor  
Columbia HCO649 10-in. approximately 1942 I married an angel Robert Armbruster ; Nelson Eddy Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
(Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Armbruster, Robert," accessed March 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106517.

Armbruster, Robert. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106517.

"Armbruster, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 March 2023.

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