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Started by uranrising on May 6, 2021 5:29:09 PM
Another music niche

Just been enjoying this part 2 (nearly an hour) of a two-parter about the history of British Light Music, something that began to fade after the 50s, and nearly completely disappeared by '67. It has its followers.

Peacock - 30 May 2021 16:10:59 (#1 of 64)

nice link thanks, uran

uranrising - 30 May 2021 17:58:38 (#2 of 64)

Plezh, Peacock. Glad there's someone else hereabouts for whom this genre has some appeal.

Shadrack22 - 30 May 2021 18:13:00 (#3 of 64)

Eric Coates?

browserbutton - 30 May 2021 18:49:59 (#4 of 64)

I like a bit of rich creamy Butterworth -- you could spread it on Hovis!

uranrising - 30 May 2021 19:38:26 (#5 of 64)

Coates, certainly.

uranrising - 31 May 2021 11:35:43 (#6 of 64)

Here's one of the most famous compositions of Light Music, so famous it was used in The Mitchell and Webb programmes

I would place Butterworth in the Classical Music world, but anyone wants to see him as a L.M. contributor, I will not complain, and still sleep easy.

ReverendBlueJeans - 31 May 2021 12:16:09 (#7 of 64)

I remember a lot of light music from the radio before the corraling into Radios 1-4 in '67. I got a double CD of Coates' stuff a couple of years ago and some of the choons came back to me from 50-odd years ago.

RosyLovelady - 03 Jun 2021 11:58:06 (#8 of 64)

I suppose this is the wrong thread to register a fondness for the works of US composer Leroy Anderson.

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 Jun 2021 12:01:21 (#9 of 64)

Had never heard of him but as the Internets describe him as 'an American composer of short, light concert pieces' this seems like the ideal thread.

I did wonder if everyone hated me for having a Coates CD and that was why the thread had gone quiet.

RosyLovelady - 03 Jun 2021 12:03:20 (#10 of 64)

You probably know more of Leroy Anderson's pieces than you realise, Rev.

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 Jun 2021 12:04:58 (#11 of 64)

You bet. I've just been Googling like mad. He wrote Sleigh Ride!

And this is blimming brilliant:

Every day on JtT is a School Day.

RosyLovelady - 03 Jun 2021 12:16:40 (#12 of 64)

Sandpaper Ballet too.

I think Leroy Anderson is, or used to be, a bit of a favourite with old Spontu.

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 Jun 2021 12:22:45 (#13 of 64)

Right up the old chap's street, I'd say, sufficient for him to overlook Mr Anderson's (whispers) Americanness.

FrankieTeardrop - 03 Jun 2021 12:52:20 (#14 of 64)

Why is that necessary, is Sponners a bigot?

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 Jun 2021 12:58:31 (#15 of 64)

Certainly not, sir, that is a calumny and an offence.

Lord Spontu has a well-understood aversion to cultural imperialism by the Great Satan, as has every other decent fellow.

FrankieTeardrop - 03 Jun 2021 13:02:08 (#16 of 64)

OK - it's just you suggested he objects to people on the basis of them being American, which is very bigoted

uranrising - 03 Jun 2021 13:20:19 (#17 of 64)

Anderson's definitely in this ballgame. He was very popular in the U.K. in the 50s. His being American was/is quite irrelevant.

I don't think the thread will keep going quiet much more because it is a rather small audience subject. Nothing to do with any mention of Coates.

One piece I'm hoping to come across again, was a work notable for having, periodically, an occasional car-horn ((old-fashioned-style) note on the off-beat.

Rev., love your bringing back 'blimming' which I hadn't seen for decades.

mingmong - 03 Jun 2021 13:30:25 (#18 of 64)

Something like this still persists in the Welsh-speaking world. Soupy tunes, usually played on a piano or a harp by a smartly-dressed young man or woman with shiney hair, with a lyrical accompaniment in Welsh (nearly always going about how much they miss their hometown, or still love their childhood sweetheart).

Dull as fuck, but some people seem to enjoy it.

ReverendBlueJeans - 03 Jun 2021 14:15:16 (#19 of 64)

OK - it's just you suggested he objects to people on the basis of them being American, which is very bigoted

Calm down, laddie. If you develop an urge to point at people all the time and accuse them of being bigoted, you'll end up with a Guardian column. Nobody wants that.

bossab2 - 03 Jun 2021 14:16:08 (#20 of 64)

This just sounds like the busy 50s

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