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ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 5 – Goldilocks / Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds)

Composer(s):Anderson, Leroy
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Musicals • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.559382
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Praised by composer John Williams as ‘one of the great American masters of light orchestral music’, Leroy Anderson was a meticulous craftsman, a composer and arranger of many popular tunes that, once heard, are never forgotten. Volume 5 in Naxos’ complete edition of his orchestral works presents highlights from his charming 1958 musical Goldilocks, which ran for 161 performances on Broadway and won two Tony awards. His Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble, written three years earlier, includes both well known and less familiar Christmas tunes, each given the magical Anderson touch.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,November 2008

Though Leroy Anderson had become America’s best known and most prolific composer of light music, his only score to reach the Broadway stage was to be the ill-fated Goldilocks. The Anderson story is strange, for after time spent studying composition with George Enescu and Walter Piston, his early career was in the world of languages, and it was only by pure chance that Arthur Fiedler, conductor of the Boston Pops, heard one of his student compositions and recognised the genius of attractive melodies. It was to mark the beginning of his long association with Anderson who produced a steady flow of light music cameos. Maybe the fact that he had never written a work of length was not a good omen for the composition of a full-scale musical, though it was the



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