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JOHN DUKE  

(1899 - 1984)

John Duke (1899-1984) was one of America’s foremost composers of song. His Bee! I’m expecting you! is a sprightly and virtuosic account of an imaginary correspondence between a bee and a fly. Asked why, as a pianist, his compositions included so few piano works and so many songs, Duke replied: “I think it is because of my belief that vocal utterance is the basis of music’s mystery.”

Role: Classical Composer 
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