A former music student of Dr. Rogosinski wrote to ask us why we may have included
him on this web site. It's not the first time we've been asked such a question
about someone listed that perhaps may not be the truest country music performer,
but due to some aspect of their career, did have a part in it. Dr. Curt Rogosinski
was such a person.
Mr. Rogosinski gave piano lessons to students at his home on 35th Street
on the west side of Des Moines, Iowa. His students would also give recitals
at Hoyt Sherman Place, which was also the home of the WHO Iowa Barn Dance Frolic.
Mr. Rogosinski was also a staff musician for WHO.
Mr. George Hamlin writes to let us know that Curt was born in Poland and immigrated
to the United States in 1936, perhaps in advance of the changing scene in Europe
at the time prior to World War II.
Dr. Rogosinski loved his newly adopted homeland. When students had completed
their weekly lesson from the John W. Schaum piano lessons, he would paste
a U.S. flag sticker on the lesson before assigning the next week's lesson.
Mr. Hamlin's mother also took piano lessons with Mr. Rogosinski during this time
and with Speck Redd. She learned that Curt had studied with Claude Debussy in Paris
for a time. Mr. Debussy was a French composer who achieved quite a bit of fame
for his music in the latter part of the 1800's to the early 1900's. A WHO booklet
from 1938 indicates that Curt also a pupil of Max Reger, who was a German
composer, organist, pianist and teacher.
Mr. Hamlin notes he could not imagine him playing country music; but then, he also
notes, he could just about play anything.
Dr. Curt Rogosinski passed away in October or November 1972 and was a member
of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 75, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to express its appreciation
to George Hamlin, a former music student of Dr. Curt Rogosinski for sending
us his recollections.
- WHO Des Moines 1938 Picture Book; Des Moines, IA