Mark Lubbock (1898-1986): Polka Dots
Lubbock was especially interested in light music and this piece makes a bright beginning to our final programme.
Ernest Tomlinson (b. 1924): Little Serenade
This is one of light music’s masterpieces. Tomlinson, now nearly ninety, is the great old man of the genre. The opening melody is unforgettable and the whole piece a classic.
Ernest Tomlinson: (a) Jenny Pluck Pears; (b) Dick’s Maggot; (c) Nonesuch; (d) Woodcock (from Folk Song Arrangements)
Like so many composers, Tomlinson has been preoccupied with folk songs, setting them in a glittering orchestral guise.
Malcolm McDonald (1916-1992): Cuban Rondo
McDonald was a longtime reviewer on the Gramophone magazine. His Cuban Rondo uses Latin American percussion as a background to the solo clarinet with more than one catchy tune.
Harry Dexter (1910-1973): Sicilano
Dexter worked as a publisher’s arranger and this Italianate piece is his most memorable work.
Charles Williams (1893-1978): Rhythm on Rails
Williams was born in London as Isaac Cozerbreit and composed the music to over fifty films.
Edward White (1910-1924): Puffin’ Billy.
Largely self-taught, White was a composer of many radio and TV themes.
Frederick Curzon (1899-1973): Dance of the Ostracised Imp.
This is a really quirky number by Curzon, but I have no idea what the title means. Do you?
Gilbert Vinter (1909-1969): Portuguese Party
Vinter was a conductor of the BBC Midland Light Orchestra and possessed an enviable opus of light music pieces. This is a Latin American number much like McDonald’s Cuban Rondo
Edward Elgar (1857-1934): (a) March; (b) Moths and Butterflies; (c) Wild Bears (from “Wand of Youth Suite”).
Elgar wrote a surprising amount of light music and none better than his Wand of Youth suite. All of the imagery of the nursery is there for us to enjoy.
Ernest Tomlinson (b. 1924): (a) Canzoneta; (b) Sweet and Dainty