b. 1928, USA, d. 24 July 1995, New York, USA. A composer, lyricist and songwriter, Dvorkin published most of her music under the pseudonym Judy Spencer. She enjoyed a varied and prolific career, which started as one of the songwriters for the children’s television programme Captain Kangaroo. Probably her best known song was ‘Soft Summer Breeze’, which established itself as a radio standard that achieved more than one million plays in her lifetime. She wrote a musical play, Cyrano, which was performed at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music and off-Broadway. As well as her one-act opera for children, What’s In A Name, she also wrote commercially available classical pieces, such as Three Letters, John Keats To Fanny Brawne, Maurice: A Madrigal and Suite For Violin And Clarinet. Before dying of cancer at the age of 67, she guided the careers of several young composers, while her work has been included in two American song anthologies: J.T. Howard’s Our American Music and M. Stewart-Green’s Women Composers’ Work.
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