Albert Hay Malotte

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Albert Hay Malotte was an American pianist, organist, composer and educator. He was born in Philadelphia on May 19, 1895, and died in Los Angeles on November 16, 1964. He is buried in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

Malotte studied with W. S. Stansfield, and later in Paris with Gordon Jacob before moving to Hollywood, where he spent most of his career.

Malotte composed a number of film scores, including the music for animations from the Disney studios (most of this work was uncredited). However he is best remembered for a setting of the Lord's Prayer, written in 1935, which was recorded by the baritone John Charles Thomas, and remained highly popular for use as a solo in churches and at weddings in the US for some decades. He composed a number of other religious pieces, including settings of the Beatitudes and of the Twenty-third Psalm which have also remained popular as solos. His secular songs, such as "Ferdinand the bull" (from the Disney animated short of the same name), "For my mother" (a setting of a poem by a 12-year-old boy) and "I am proud to be an American" are less well remembered. Some of his works are collected in the library of the University of California Los Angeles.

List of film credits (may be incomplete):

In addition, Malotte wrote uncredited stock music for many other films in the 1930s and early 1940s, including some of the Disney Silly Symphonies and other shorts such Little Hiawatha as well as Ferdinand the Bull.

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