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The Golden Age of Light Music: From Stage and Screen

The Golden Age of Light Music: From Stage and Screen

Item No. GLCD 5152

Light Music

Price GBP 5.10 / USD

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Release Date: 15.11.2008

Music has helped to create the right atmosphere for many theatrical productions since time immemorial, and during the last century another art form – namely filmed entertainment – has continued this well established custom. Long before the movie pioneers learned how to link pictures on screen with recorded sound, numerous musicians were employed to provide an accompaniment to the flickering images, helping to lull the audience into the right frame of mind, although it has been suggested that another motive was to smother the sound made by the noisy film projectors. Whatever the true reasons, by the time films started talking towards the end of the 1920s a musical accompaniment was deemed essential by producers and audiences alike. This created a wonderful opportunity for composers to exploit the new medium and the result was a truly astonishing outpouring of melodies of all kinds, from composers and lyricists of varying talents. Alongside the shows and musicals were the purely dramatic films which required a different kind of music to establish just the right background, and a number of leading 'serious' composers, normally active in classical fields, found themselves being offered prestigious commissions. In this collection we salute the backroom boys whose music has meant so much, whether memorable songs from fondly recalled shows and films, or distinctive orchestral scores especially for the cinema.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 June Is Bustin’ Out All Over from “Carousel”) Richard Rodgers GEOFF LOVE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:10
02 “Glenn Miller Story” – Theme from the film Henry Mancini JACKIE BROWN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:02
03 “Guys and Dolls” Selection - Guys And Dolls, I’ve Never Been In Love Before, A Bushel And A Peck, If I Were A Bell, I’ll Know, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat Frank Loesser, arr. Roland Shaw GERALDO AND HIS NEW CONCERT ORCHESTRA 6:00
04 It’s Only A Paper Moon (from the film “Take A Chance” 1933) Harold Arlen DAVID ROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:39
05 Secret Love (from film “Calamity Jane”) Sammy Fain arr. Robert Farnon ROBRT FARNON AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:46
06 “Anastasia” – Theme from the film Alfred Newman THE VICTOR YOUNG SINGING STRINGS Conducted by ALFRED NEWMAN 2:53
07 “The Dancing Years” Selection - Waltz Of My Heart, Uniform,My Life Belongs To You, I Can Give You The Starlight, My Dearest Dear, Leap Year Waltz Ivor Novello, arr, Sidney Torch SIDNEY TORCH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 6:08
08 As Time Goes By (featured in “Casablanca”) Herman Hupfeld, arr. Ron Goodwin RON GOODWIN AND HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA 2:43
09 Old Devil Moon (from “Finian’s Rainbow) Burton Lane, arr. Morton Gould MORTON GOULD AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:38
10 The Wedding Of The Painted Doll (from the film “Broadway Melody” 1929) Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown FRANK CHACKSFIELD AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:44
11 The Song From “The Moulin Rouge” (Where Is Your Heart) Georges Auric, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 5:46
12 Show Me (from “My Fair Lady”) Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe – arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:54
13 The Song From “Desiree” Alfred Newman – arr. Frank Cordell FRANK CORDELL AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:10
14 “Samson And Delilah” Film Theme Victor Young THE PARAMOUNT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conducted by VICTOR YOUNG 4:23
15 “Dark Secret” – Theme Waltz from the film George Melachrino THE MELACHRINO STRINGS Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 3:10
16 Carriage and Pair, Long Forgotten Melody (from the film “So Long At The Fair”) Benjamin Frankel CHARLES WILLIAMS AND HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA 3:43
17 “Obsession” – Themes from the film Nino Rota SIDNEY TORCH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:56
18 “The Passionate Friends” Film music Richard Addinsell, arr. Leonard Isaacs THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA Conducted by MUIR MATHIESON 8:27
19 The Card Ballet (from the film “Let’s Be Happy”) Brodszky, Sendrey ASSOCIATED BRITISH STUDIO ORCHESTRA Conducted by LOUIS LEVY 7:23
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