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ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Sleigh Ride / The Typewriter / Plink, Plank, Plunk! / The Syncopated Clock

Composer(s):Anderson, LeroyGershwin, GeorgeWillson, Meredith
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category MusicalsOrchestral • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.559357
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Leroy Anderson etched out his own unique place in American music – a composer rigorously trained in the classical tradition whose records topped the pop charts, a meticulous arranger of music whose own melodies were crafted with inventive precision. Here, in the first complete cycle of Anderson’s orchestral music, the Anderson family has made available several pieces that the composer did not release, with some first recordings scattered among the familiar and not-so-familiar titles. Volume Three includes the notorious musical gem The Typewriter, in which the machine is transformed into a relentlessly busy percussion instrument, the tasteful and soul-satisfying Suite of Carols for Brass Choir, and Anderson’s biggest hit, Sleigh .

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

It was more by chance than design that Leroy Anderson became a composer, having decided on a career in the world of languages.Certainly his education lacked nothing in musical pedigree, having been a composition pupil of George Enescu and Walter Piston. But he had put all of that behind him when, by chance, Arthur Fiedler heard a score he had composed as a student, Harvard Fantasy. It was to mark the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between the conductor and the Boston Pops, Fiedler asking Anderson to provide an ongoing supply of lightweight cameos for the orchestra. But the final icing on the cake came in 1950 when he received a recording contract to conduct his own music, that success leading to Broadway shows. Strangely his last years were largely taken in

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