The delightfully wistful The Girl from Corsica was inspired by a real-life Corsican girl he met on holiday one year. He has pursued a varied musical career as organist, composer, arranger and conductor, making many radio and television appearances.
His most successful composition, Little Serenade , began life in a musical play The Story of Cinderella After being extracted as an independent piece, it became widely familiar, not least as signature tune for various radio and television programmes. All the music featured here dates from the first two thirds of the twentieth century, which may be considered the golden age of the genre.
Of the composers featured, some have already been encountered in the first three volumes, but others are new to the series. The earliest composer represented is Frederick Rosse — He was active mostly in the London musical theatre—as singer, musical director and composer.
It was the incidental music he later composed while musical director at various London theatres that proved most lasting. He studied piano, organ, cello, clarinet, oboe and horn at Trinity College, London, and had an extensive career as church organist, music editor and theatre conductor. Contrary to popular belief, the name under which he became famous was—give or take the accent added to get the stress right—his own. As one of the outstanding names of British light music, he has featured regularly in this series.
After Bells Across the Meadows recorded in volume one of this series , Sanctuary of the Heart volume 2 and In a Persian Market volume 3 , we have here what is perhaps his very best known composition, In a Monastery Garden He went on to complete a Hiawatha trilogy, as well as much other vocal, chamber and orchestral music, including a violin concerto.
Besides more ambitious works, he composed lighter compositions, of which the most enduring was the Petite Suite de Concert , a work that set a standard for many subsequent four-movement suites. Its grace, charm and polish are such as to merit the inclusion here of all four movements.
He later taught for a time at Winchester College but, having private means, was able to devote himself to composition and to promoting works not only by himself but also by Bax, Holst, Grainger, Quilter and others. Composed for large orchestra, it is dedicated to Henry J Wood. Percy Fletcher — was born in Derby, and played the violin, piano and organ. He became musical director for various London theatres and, as such, conducted and orchestrated the long-running Chu Chin Chow.
Here we can enjoy its playful companion, Demoiselle Chic. Like Percy Fletcher, Charles Ancliffe — also remains best known for a waltz—in his case the swirling Nights of Gladness volume 1.
The waltz Smiles, then Kisses was included on volume 3, and here we have another once-popular example, Thrills Himself the son of a British army bandmaster, Ancliffe was born in Kildare, Ireland. John Herbert Foulds — is another of the newcomers to this series. Rather more lasting is his Keltic Suite , which he dedicated to his friend the actor Lewis Casson. Best known of the three movements is the second, the plaintive and imposing Keltic Lament.
Eric Coates — scarcely needs any introduction, since his is altogether the most distinguished name in British light music.
Born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, he was educated at The Royal Academy of Music and was an orchestral violist before injury forced him to give up playing and concentrate on composition. This series has already featured three of his marches— Calling All Workers volume 1 , Knightsbridge volume 2 and Music Everywhere volume 3.
Here, by way of contrast, we have the gentle serenade By the sleepy lagoon Like so many of his compositions, this achieved wide familiarity as a BBC radio signature tune—in this case for the long-running Desert Island Discs.
Coates composed the piece originally for small orchestra, but later produced the version for larger orchestra used here. The clear melodic lines that typify British light music are no less apparent in the music of east-London-born Charles Williams — Yet he was born Isaac Cozerbreit, of central European Jewish parents.
His subsequent experience as musical director in cinemas led to involvement with film scores for Gaumont—British at Lime Grove Studios. Now we hear a further two pieces whose titles admirably sum up their nature.
He returned briefly to Sydney as a piano teacher but soon found he preferred the musical stimulus of London. He composed a vast range of music including operas and other vocal music, orchestral and chamber music, and film music. His taste for American and Latin American sounds was developed during travels as an adjudicator and examiner for the Associated Examining Board, and in he achieved his most popular success with his Jamaican Rumba.
Composed originally for two pianos, it was later arranged for orchestra including piano. Frederic Curzon — was another stalwart of British light music and a fine craftsman. London-born, he studied violin, cello, piano and organ, became pianist in a London theatre orchestra, and by the age of twenty was conducting and composing for silent films. Later he was active as a cinema organist but concentrated increasingly on composition. This series has already featured The Boulevardier volume 1 and March of the Bowmen volume 2 , and now we hear his wittily titled and whimsically conceived Dance of an Ostracised Imp Whatever the title means, it seems to capture the spirit of the piece admirably!
Jack Beaver — was, like Charles Williams, a member of the Gaumont—British Pictures composing team in the s, and as such he often contributed music to British films anonymously. His best known composition is this Elizabethan Masque , which early in the second Elizabethan era sought to recapture the ceremony and etiquette of the first.
Ray Martin — was born in Vienna where he studied violin and composition at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts before moving to England in After performing in variety as a solo violin act, he enlisted in the British Army when war broke out. Being fluent in French, German and English, he was recruited for Army intelligence, and later he became a composer, arranger and musical director with the British Forces Network in Hamburg.
John's Wood called Abbey Lodge. He wrote one song each for the musicals Sergeant Brue , with lyrics by P. Wodehouse , and King of Cadonia , with lyrics by Arthur Wimperis In , he and Edith formally separated.
She continued to live in the Abbey Lodge with Gregory, but not in an intimate relationship. On 15 September , Edith died suddenly after refusing Gregory's request for a loan.
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. British Light Music. Sailing By- 25 British Light Classics. New London Orchestra. British Light Music Classics 4. Track Listings Disc: 1. London London Every Day , suite for orchestra: Knightbridge, march. The Grasshopper's Dance, characteristic piece. Rouge et Noir. Peanut Polka for orchestra. Carriage and Pair. Little Suite: March. Portuguese Party. In the Shadows. Sanctuary of the Heart, Meditation religieuse.
Westminster Waltz. Carissima, for small orchestra or piano. Examples here include the two pieces by Jack Strachey - the bouncy In Party Mood , which served as the signature tune of Housewives' Choice , and the rousing march Theatreland.
There is also a gratifying whiff of mountain air and cowbells in Vivian Ellis's Alpine Pastures , which was for many years the signature tune of My Word.Jul 08, · Ronald Corp, The New London Orchestra - British Light Music Classics, Disc NM, Case NM, Format: Music CD, Hyperion Records. Classical music CD release from Ronald Corp, The New London Orchestra with the album British Light Music Classics. Released on the label Hyperion Records. Classical music CD.5/5(6).