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1938
   Leroy released   
Jazz Legato
Written as a companion piece for Jazz Pizzicato. played with a bow in legato style.
1938
   Leroy released   
Jazz Pizzicato
A study in jazz rhythms played pizzicato by strings. This was Anderson's first composition and his first hit.
1945
   Leroy released   
Promenade
Contrast between a brisk walking theme on a solo trumpet and a flowing theme created by strings.
1945
   Leroy released   
The Syncopated Clock
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.
1945
   Leroy released   
Ticonderoga March
Anderson's only composition written for concert band.
1945
   Leroy released   
A Trumpeter's Lullaby
Mr Anderson wrote this upon request by Roger Voisin who was then principal trumpeter for the Boston Pops Orchestra.
1946
   Leroy released   
Chicken Reel
A concert piece based on a traditional American dance tune.
1947
   Leroy released   
Fiddle-Faddle
A modern "perpetual motion" piece written for strings.
1947
   Leroy released   
The Irish Washerwoman
This is the first movement of the Irish Suite and consists of a double jig.
1947
   Leroy released   
The Last Rose of Summer
From his Irish Suite. features a solo violin with background provided by strings and harp, reinforced only by horns and trombones.
1947
   Leroy released   
The Minstrel Boy
From his Irish Suite. a slow march over a basso ostinato. distant trumpets and drums punctuate the melody.
1947
   Leroy released   
The Rakes of Mallow
From his Irish Suite
1947
   Leroy released   
Serenata
Mr. Anderson wrote this with a Latin rhythm and Mitchell Parish added lyrics to it in 1950
1948
   Leroy released   
Governor Bradford March
Named after Robert Bradford who was Governor of Massachusetts 1947-1949.
1948
   Leroy released   
Saraband
The 18th century sarabande dance is updated with the flavor of a foxtrot in this combination of past and present.
1948
   Leroy released   
Sleigh Ride
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.
1949
   Leroy released   
The Girl I Left Behind
From his Irish Suite
1949
   Leroy released   
The Wearing of the Green
From his Irish Suite. treated as a scherzo alternating between strings, woodwinds and brass.
1950
   Leroy released   
A Christmas Festival
A concert overture built upon traditional Christmas songs.
1950
   Leroy released   
Classical Jukebox
Based on the 50's hit "Music! Music! Music!". here is a jukebox playing only classical pieces
1950
   Leroy released   
The Typewriter
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.
1950
   Leroy released   
The Waltzing Cat
Contains the sound of a meowing cat written for stringed instruments. Mitchell Parish added lyrics to it in 1951.
1951
   Leroy released   
Belle Of The Ball
A fast waltz which received lyrics from Mitchell Parish in 1953
1951
   Leroy released   
Blue Tango
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
1951
   Leroy released   
China Doll
A delicate, fragile melody, first played by the oboe, then by the entire orchestra.
1951
   Leroy released   
Horse and Buggy
Four percussion musicians create a depiction of an early form of transportation
1951
   Leroy released   
The Penny-Whistle Song
Features three flutes
1951
   Leroy released   
The Phantom Regiment
Features the sound of trumpets signaling the approach and depature of a nameless body of soldiers.
1951
   Leroy released   
Plink, Plank, Plunk
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.
1951
   Leroy released   
Song of Jupiter
The aria "Where'er You Walk", from Handel's oratorio "Semele", has been transcribed preserving the style and character of Handel's music.
1953
   Leroy released   
Concerto in C for Piano
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.
1953
   Leroy released   
Girl in Satin
A lovely, languorous melody in tango rhythm.
1954
   Leroy released   
Alma Mater
Four short humorous scenes describing life at Harvard University.
1954
   Leroy released   
The Bluebells of Scotland
From his "Scotish Suite." based on a familiar Scotish folk melody.
1954
   Leroy released   
Bugler's Holiday
Three military buglers create an unmilitary atmosphere.
1954
   Leroy released   
The First Day of Spring
Features lush strings and a pastoral oboe.
1954
   Leroy released   
Forgotten Dreams
Written for the piano. lyrics were written for the composition by Mitchell Parish in 1962
1954
   Leroy released   
Sandpaper Ballet
Recalls the days when vaudevillian soft-shoe dancers spread sand on the stage.
1955
   Leroy released   
Suite of Carols for Brass Choir
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.
1955
   Leroy released   
Suite of Carols for String Orchestra
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.
1955
   Leroy released   
Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble
Features Angels in Our Fields; O Sanctissima; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; O Come Little Children: Coventry Carol; Patapan.
1962
   Leroy released   
Arietta
Originally conceived as a duet for viola and cello.
1962
   Leroy released   
Balladette
A simple lyrical melody combined with a chromatic repeating counter melody.
1962
   Leroy released   
The Captains and the Kings
Based upon a Rudyard Kipling poem
1962
   Leroy released   
Clarinet Candy
A piece written for four clarinets.
1962
   Leroy released   
The Golden Years
Warm romanticism with a triumphant melody.
1962
   Leroy released   
Home Stretch
It captures the excitement of a horse racing finish.
1962
   Leroy released   
Lazy Moon
From Anderson's "Goldilocks". the percussionists play actual tap shoes. opening song of the show within a show.
1970
   Leroy released   
Lullaby of Drums
Features timpani, snare and bongo drums.
1970
   Leroy released   
March of the Two Left Feet
Based upon a story by P.G. Woodhouse with the same name.


Facts contributed by:


Allan R. Matthes








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