Composer, conductor, pianist and songwriter, educated at West Philadelphia High School. He studied music with Constantin von Sternberg. He was first a concert pianist, and then a conductor, composing for radio, television and film. He joined ASCAP in 1955, and his songs include "Cuddle Up", and "High Barbaree". His works include "Western Ballet" and "Variations in Miniature on Chopsticks".--------------
Miniature" (a.k.a. "Chopsticks Variations") for piano
30 April 2005
(The following appears in THE AMICA, May 1970)
Thanks to AMICAns Phil Hill and
Reporter Sam Thompson of the Southern California Chapter, I was provided with
the address of Robert Armbruster, an exclusive Duo-Art recording artist whose
rolls are so exquisitely smooth and polished that .... they bring some of
the highest prices in today’s auctions, despite their extreme popularity at the
time of their issue and the resulting current, comparative abundance. I had
asked a former AMICAn for Armbruster s address last year, but in its stead I
received the intelligence that Mr. Armbruster was ashamed of the fact that he
made “piano rolls"
(A surprising allegation from a dealer in rolls, especially considering
that live since learned Mr. Armbruster doesn’t even know the dealer in
question!) I mentioned this when I wrote to ask that he accept an Honorary
Membership, and received the following reply:
I have since called Mr. Armbruster, and have been down to Brentwoodd to interview him. The resulting biography and account of the Duo-Art recording procedure will appear in a subsequent bulletin. As an example of Mr. Armbruster's friendliness, kindness and good humor, I had an appointment at 1:00 o'clock. When I arrived, my watch read 1:15. I offered as casual an apology as 15 minutes warranted, and Mr. Armbruster accepted it graciously and expressed concern lest I had difficulty finding the address. About an hour later, during the interview, I read the comment he had written on a roll. I'd asked him to autograph: "To Jim Elfers, on the first day of Daylight Saving, 1970". It was only then that I realized I had been an HOUR and fifteen minutes late!
We are extremely pleased to have located Mr , Armbruster at last, and proud to number him among our distinguished Honoraries.
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