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Sheet music cover for the song America, Here's My Boy (1917), with music by Arthur Lange

Arthur Lange (April 16, 1889 – December 7, 1956) was a United States bandleader and Tin Pan Alley composer of popular music. He composed music for over 120 films, including Grand Canary and Woman on the Run. Lange shared an Oscar nomination with Hugo Friedhofer for the film The Woman in the Window. He was nominated four times for Oscars, but did not win any.

Life and career

In the 1910s, Lange was active as a songwriter, collaborating frequently with lyricist Andrew B. Sterling and publishing with the Joe Morris Music Company. During the first half of the 1920s Lange recorded abundantly for Cameo Records. His 1923 orchestra, which also played the Cinderella Ballroom on Broadway and included trumpeters Earl Oliver and Tommy Gott, was at the end of that year bought by young well-to-do bandleader Roger Wolfe Kahn, and it is not known whether the recordings Lange made after this point and up to 1926 were still made by these musicians (Kahn himself did not start recording under his own name for Victor Records until March 1925) or by another group.

His 1928 recordings for Pathé Records were, however, almost certainly made by other unknown personnel. Though Lange himself played both piano and banjo he seems (with the exception of a recording by his "Lange trio" in 1922) to have acted only as conductor and arranger on his band recording dates.

Census records show that Lange shared a residence in the Hollywood Hills in 1930 with Ray Heindorf, who would go on to win three Academy Awards.[1]

Lange was a prolific arranger of dance band orchestrations during the 1920s. His "stock" orchestrations were in use by many bands of the day. Lange wrote "Arranging for the Modern Dance Orchestra" which was the definitive work of its day (published Robbins Music, 1926).

Lange also wrote the Spectrotone System of Orchestration - Book One (1943), with subtitle "A colorgraphic exposition of tone-color combinations and balanced as practiced in modern orchestration". That book was published by CO-ART. He published How to write double-stops for viola, violin and Cello, a supplement to Spectrotone, with the same publisher CO-ART. That work is available from Cambria Music. His work has recently been made more famous by Alexander Creative Media.

Selected Songs

  • with Andrew B. Sterling, A Mother's Prayer for Her Boy Out There, New York: Joe Morris Music Co, 1917. OCLC 892504792
  • with Andrew B. Sterling, America, Here's My Boy, New York: Joe Morris Music Co, 1917. OCLC 9892806

Partial filmography


Lange was nominated five times for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.


  1. ^ Fifteenth Census of the United States, United States census, 1930; Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; roll 134, page 5A, line 13-14, enumeration district 0065, Family History film 2339869. Retrieved on 2014-02-28.
  2. ^ 1940 Academy Award nominations and winners for films released in 1939 at
  3. ^ 1944 Academy Award nominations and winners for films released in 1943 at
  4. ^ 1945 Academy Award nominations and winners for films released in 1944 at
  5. ^ a b 1946 Academy Award nominations and winners for films released in 1945 at

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