Vernon Duke (Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky)

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Parafianovo, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vitebsk Voblast, Belarus]
Composer, songwriter ("April in Paris", "Autumn in New York", "I Can't Get Started"), author and pianist, educated at the Kiev Conservatory (which he entered at age thirteen) and a music student of Reinhold Gliere and Marian Dombrovsky. He had composed ballets for Diaghilev's Ballet Russe, but he fled Russia after the revolution. Read more...