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Image result for Cosmé McMoon'''Cosmé McMoon''' (born ''' Cosmé McMunn'''; February 22, 1901 – August 22, 1980) was a Mexican-American pianist and composer, best known as the accompanist to notably tone-deaf soprano Florence Foster Jenkins.[1][2]

McMoon was born as Cosmé McMunn in 1901 in Mapimí, Mexico, the son of Maria (Valadez) and Cosme McMunn. His paternal grandparents were Irish and his mother was of Mexican descent.[3] He moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas around 1911. He moved to New York City around 1920 to further his musical studies, and likely adopted the McMoon spelling around that time.[4] Jenkins met McMoon in the late 1920s, and knowing McMoon was a concert pianist, eventually asked him to help her prepare for her performances and accompany her.[5]

McMoon never ended up making a career in music after Jenkins' death in 1944, and instead took an interest in bodybuilding and judging bodybuilding contests. He was a master chess player and was fascinated with mathematics. He resided in New York City until shortly before his death in August 1980. McMoon was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and moved back to San Antonio, and died two days after arriving. His remains were cremated and his ashes rest at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio. McMoon never married or had any children.[6]

McMoon was portrayed by actor Donald Corren in ''Souvenir'', a play about Florence Foster Jenkins' career, which ran on Broadway in 2004 and has since been staged in many regional theaters.[7][8]

He is portrayed in a Golden Globe-nominated performance by Simon Helberg in the 2016 feature film about the life of Jenkins titled ''Florence Foster Jenkins''.


  1. ^McKinnon, George. [https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/685832561.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Aug+31%2C+1980&author=George+McKinnon+Globe+Staff&pub=Boston+Globe+%28pre-1997+Fulltext%29&desc=MARQUEE%3B+%3B+SCENE+CHANGES+FOR+TWO+STAGE+GROUPS&pqatl=google "Scene Changes for Two Stage Groups."] ''[[Boston Globe]]'', August 31, 1980. [[ProQuest]]. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^Thiollet, Jean-Pierre. [https://books.google.com/books?id=QXs2MwEACAAJ&dq=isbn:9782350353333&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiSxuGM49XOAhUK1WMKHfDoAtsQ6AEIHjAA Piano ma non solo: l'art de l'accompagnement.] Anagramme Editions, 2012. {{ISBN|9782350353333}}. p. 141. ''[[Google Books]].'' Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  3. ^[https://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60D11FF3A5C12728DDDAC0A94D0405B8084F1D3 "Deaths: Cosmé McMunn."] ''[[The New York Times]]'', August 25, 1980. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  4. ^(23 March 1936). [https://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9F00E3DA123FEE3BBC4B51DFB566838D629EDE&scp=1&sq=McMoon&st=p "Cosme McMoon's Recital."] ''[[The New York Times]]'', March 23, 1936. (Reporting on McMoon's "first New York recital at the Town Hall" the previous night, which had "an audience of moderate size" in attendance. States he was born in Texas and educated there.)
  5. ^{{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060706104426/http://listproc.ucdavis.edu/archives/mlist/log0402/0004.html |date=July 6, 2006 |title=Interview With Cosme McMoon }} (transcript from rebroadcast of interview in 1991)
  6. ^Taylor, Robert (9 September 1980). [https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/685847001.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Sep+09%2C+1980&author=Robert+Taylor&pub=Boston+Globe+%28pre-1997+Fulltext%29&desc=AT+LARGE+%2F+BY+ROBERT+TAYLOR%3B+%3B+COSME+MCMOON%3A+MAN+OF+MIRACLES&pqatl=google Cosme McMoon: Man of Miracles], ''[[Boston Globe]]''
  7. ^Brantley, Ben. [http://theater.nytimes.com/show/8845/Souvenir/overview Review of Souvenir], ''[[The New York Times]]''
  8. ^(7 May 2010). [http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/nyregion/09theaterct.html When Singing So Bad Wasn’t So Good], ''[[The New York Times]]''