William Lava

William "Bill" B. Lava (March 18, 1911, St. Paul, Minnesota - February 20, 1971, Los Angeles, California) was a musical composer and arranger who worked on the Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated cartoons from 1962 onwards, replacing the deceased Milt Franklyn, making him the last musical composer and arranger in the classic era of Warner Bros. Cartoons. Lava's music was different from that of Franklyn and previous composer Carl Stalling. It has a tendency towards atonality. A sense of tension is often created in Lava's scores using sequences based on the notes of the diminished seventh chord. Lava also sang the theme to the popular T.V. western series Cheyenne. Lava was educated at Von Humboldt Grammar School and Lane Tech. High School in Chicago, then attended Northwestern University where his major was journalism. He studied conducting with Dr. Albert Coates in Los Angeles. Lava also wrote short stories for various magazines and was the editor of Northwestern Commerce Magazine and associate editor of Purple Parrot..

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