Moonlight Serenade

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composition date
1939
genre
Pop
songwriter(s)
Glenn Miller
Mitchell Parish
related performer(s)
Glenn Miller

Math problem

In 1935, while a student of Joseph Schillinger, Glenn Miller wrote a simple composition as a mathematical exercise. Miller picked up the piece years later when he was a member of Ray Noble’s Orchestra and Edward Heyman supplied a lyric titled, “Now I Lay Me Down to Weep.” A new lyric was subsequently written by historian George T. Simon titled “Gone with the Dawn,” and yet another was tossed on the pile by Mitchell Parish (who specialized in new lyrics to old songs) called “Wind on the Trees.” He finally came up with the winner, “Moonlight Serenade.” That title was inspired by Miller’s recording of Frankie Carle’s “Sunrise Serenade.”

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