Roger Quilter (1877-1953): Children’s Overture
Quilter was a supreme melodist, known nowadays as a song writer His Children’s Overture takes well-known nursery melodies and weaves a spell of enchantment around them.
Roger Quilter: (a) Will o’ the Wisp; (b) Rosamunde; (c) Fairy Frolic; (d) Goblin Frolic (from “The Rainbow’s End”).
These pieces are from the incidental music for a children’s play called The Rainbow’s End which is full of the Quilter magic. The innocence of the music takes one back to happy times as child.
Haydn Wood (1852-1959): Serenade to Youth
This is a more generalized vision of the young. If Quilter’s suite is an evocation of childhood then perhaps this work celebrates the freshness of the young as they venture out into the world.
Clive Richardson (1909-1998): Melody on the Move
Richardson studied at the Royal Academy of Music and became well established on the popular music scene. He composed music for Gainsborough Pictures and especially the BBC.
Jack Strachey (1894-1972): In a Party Mood
This piece introduced Housewives’ Choice, a popular radio show on the BBC Light Programme which ran until 1967 and which was good for keeping morale up in war-time Britain.
Sydney Torch (1908-1990): On a Spring Note
Torch played the organ in a number of London cinemas and conducted many orchestras and bands. He created the BBC programme Friday night is Music Night which started in 1953.
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): (a) Allegro con moto; (b) Grazioso; (c) Giubiloso (from the “English Dances”)
Arnold composed music for every conceivable combination of instruments. His masterly arrangements and orchestration are nowhere better displayed than in his set of English Dances.
Arthur Benjamin (1893-1960): (a) Jamaican Song; (b) Jamaican Rumba
Like Malcolm Arnold, Benjamin straddled serious and popular music. Here, his swell-known Jamaican Rumba is coupled with “Jamaican Song” the first of the two pieces.