Musical Compositions of Leroy Anderson
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Written as a companion piece for Jazz Pizzicato. played with a bow in legato style.
A study in jazz rhythms played pizzicato by strings. This was Anderson's first composition and his first hit.
Contrast between a brisk walking theme on a solo trumpet and a flowing theme created by strings.
Written while Mr. Anderson was serving in the U.S. Army and assigned as Chief of the Scandinavian Desk of Military Intelligence at the Pentagon. It was chosen as the theme music for the "Late Show" a nightly showcase of vintage movies on WCBS in New York and WBBM in Chicago and remained so from 1950 to 1975. lyrics written for it by Mitchell Parish in 1950.
Anderson's only composition written for concert band.
Mr Anderson wrote this upon request by Roger Voisin who was then principal trumpeter for the Boston Pops Orchestra.
A concert piece based on a traditional American dance tune.
A modern "perpetual motion" piece written for strings.
This is the first movement of the Irish Suite and consists of a double jig.
From his Irish Suite. features a solo violin with background provided by strings and harp, reinforced only by horns and trombones.
From his Irish Suite. a slow march over a basso ostinato. distant trumpets and drums punctuate the melody.
Mr. Anderson wrote this with a Latin rhythm and Mitchell Parish added lyrics to it in 1950
Named after Robert Bradford who was Governor of Massachusetts 1947-1949.
The 18th century sarabande dance is updated with the flavor of a foxtrot in this combination of past and present.
Written during a heat wave in July 1946 and finished in February 1948. First recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mitchell Parish wrote lyrics for it in 1950.
From his Irish Suite. treated as a scherzo alternating between strings, woodwinds and brass.
A concert overture built upon traditional Christmas songs.
Based on the 50's hit "Music! Music! Music!". here is a jukebox playing only classical pieces
An actual typewriter is the solo "instrument" in this orchestral arrangement. In PBS broadcasts of Arthur Fieldler and the Boston Pops, Fiedler would don a green eyeshade, roll up his sleeves and mime typing on a typewriter while the orchestra played.
Contains the sound of a meowing cat written for stringed instruments. Mitchell Parish added lyrics to it in 1951.
A fast waltz which received lyrics from Mitchell Parish in 1953
A #1 hit with lyrics by Mitchell Parish on the Billboard charts in 1952. released as 45rpm by Decca Records with "Belle of the Ball" on the other side. other versions released by Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra, Les Baxter and his orchestra, Alma Cogan, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Amanda Lear, Bobby Wayne and Bill Black's Combo
A delicate, fragile melody, first played by the oboe, then by the entire orchestra.
Four percussion musicians create a depiction of an early form of transportation
Features the sound of trumpets signaling the approach and depature of a nameless body of soldiers.
This was used as the theme for the CBS television show "I've Got A Secret" for 1952 to 1961. The string section plays pizzicato throughout the entire piece.
The aria "Where'er You Walk", from Handel's oratorio "Semele", has been transcribed preserving the style and character of Handel's music.
Written in 1953 but withdrawn by the composer. It was released posthumously in 1988 and first recorded by Eric Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
A lovely, languorous melody in tango rhythm.
Four short humorous scenes describing life at Harvard University.
From his "Scotish Suite." based on a familiar Scotish folk melody.
Three military buglers create an unmilitary atmosphere.
Features lush strings and a pastoral oboe.
Written for the piano. lyrics were written for the composition by Mitchell Parish in 1962
Recalls the days when vaudevillian soft-shoe dancers spread sand on the stage.
Features While By My Sheep; In Dulci Jubilo: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming: I Saw Three Ships: From Heaven High I Come to You; We Three Kings of Orient are; March of the Kings.
Features Pastores a Belen; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella; Away in a Manger; Wassail Song.
Features Angels in Our Fields; O Sanctissima; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; O Come Little Children: Coventry Carol; Patapan.
Originally conceived as a duet for viola and cello.
A simple lyrical melody combined with a chromatic repeating counter melody.
Based upon a Rudyard Kipling poem
A piece written for four clarinets.
Warm romanticism with a triumphant melody.
It captures the excitement of a horse racing finish.
From Anderson's "Goldilocks". the percussionists play actual tap shoes. opening song of the show within a show.
Features timpani, snare and bongo drums.
Based upon a story by P.G. Woodhouse with the same name.
Facts contributed by:
Allan R. Matthes