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The Golden Age of Light Music: British Cinema & Theatre Orchestras - Vol. 1

The Golden Age of Light Music: British Cinema & Theatre Orchestras - Vol. 1

Item No. GLCD 5108

Light Music

Price GBP 5.10 / USD

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Medium: CD 
Release Date: 01.10.2004

For centuries theatrical productions have often been accompanied by some kind of music, and by the time the 20th century dawned an orchestra ‘pit’ below the footlights was part of the stage furniture. When cinemas arrived on the scene, music was considered an essential ingredient to accompany the silent flickering images on screen: the music also helped to drown out the clutter of some noisy film projectors! During the period up to World War II large orchestras were expected in the top theatres, and even in cinemas the orchestras managed to survive for some years after the ‘talkies’ had arrived. Many cinemas also boasted a resident organist, occasionally alongside the orchestras. This CD reminds us of some of the top musicians and ensembles from that fascinating period.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 The Juggler G. Groitzsch COMMODORE GRAND ORCHESTRA Conducted by JOSEPH MUSCANT 2:21
02 Grasshoppers’ Dance Ernest Bucalossi PARAMOUNT THEATRE ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR ANTON featuring AL BOLLINGTON, Organ 3:10
03 Show Boat Selection: Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, Why Do I Love You, Ol’ Man River Jerome Kern COVENTRY NEW HIPPODROME ORCHESTRA Conducted by WILLIAM PETHERS 3:17
04 Nola Felix Arndt REGAL CINEMA ORCHESTRA Conducted by EMANUEL STARKEY 2:02
05 Doll Medley: Dainty Doll, Lonesome Little Doll, Rag Doll, Little Dutch Doll Barnes, Phil Boutelje, Nacio Herb Brown, Ravel PARAMOUNT THEATRE ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR ANTON featuring AL BOLLINGTON, Organ 6:11
06 Bal Masque – Valse Caprice Percy Fletcher PLAZA THEATRE ORCHESTRA Conducted by FRANK TOURS 2:46
07 “Conversation Piece” - Selection: Brighton Parade, Danser, Danser - I’ll Follow My Secret Heart - There’s Always Something Fishy About The French - Regency Rakes - Nevermore - Dear Little Soldiers Coward HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE ORCHESTRA Conducted by REGINALD BURSTON 7:15
08 Speakeasy Lewis Gensler TROXY BROADCASTING ORCHESTRA Conducted by JOSEPH MUSCANT 2:55
09 Ye Merry Blacksmiths John Belton GRANADA WALTHAMSTOW ORCHESTRA Conducted by CHARLES MANNING 2:49
10 The Cat And The Fiddle Selection: Entr’acte - She Didn’t Day “Yes” - Dance - Try To Forget Jerome Kern PALACE THEATRE ORCHESTRA Conducted by HYAM GREENBAUM 6:04
11 Bells Across The Meadow Albert W. Ketèlbey LONDON PALLADIUM ORCHESTRA Conducted by RICHARD CREAN 4:36
12 Babylonian Nights John S. Zamecnik GAUMONT STATE ORCHESTRA Conducted by ALFRED VAN DAM 3:14
13 “The Vagabond King” – Selection: Only A Rose - Huguette Valse - Song Of The Vagabonds Brian Hooker / Rudolf Friml COVENTRY NEW HIPPODROME ORCHESTRA Conducted by WILLIAM PETHERS 3:12
14 Fifinette – Intermezzo Gavotte (Three Light Pieces Suite) Percy Fletcher PRINCE OF WALES PLAYHOUSE ORCHESTRA Conducted by FRANK WESTFIELD 3:03
15 Fairies In The Moon – Intermezzo Entr’acte Montague Ewing TROXY BROADCASTING ORCHESTRA Conducted by JOSEPH MUSCANT 3:06
16 The Fleet’s Lit Up Selection: They’ve A Way Of Doing It In The Navy, Guess It Must Be The Spring, Little Miss Go-As-You-Please, How Do You Do Mr. Right?, It’s d’Lovely*, Ellis, Cole Porter GERALDO AND HIS LONDON HIPPODROME ORCHESTRA 8:31
17 Scarf Dance Cecile Chaminade PLAZA THEATRE ORCHESTRA Conducted by FRANK TOURS 2:03
18 In The Sudan Gabriel Sebek GAUMONT STATE ORCHESTRA Conducted by ALFRED VAN DAM 3:26
19 King Of Jazz Selection : Ragamuffin Romeo, It Happened In Monterey, I Like To Do Things For You, Happy Feet Harry de Costa/Mabel Wayne, Billy Rose/Mabel Wayne, Ager, Yellen REGAL CINEMA ORCHESTRA Conducted by EMANUEL STARKEY with QUENTIN MACLEAN, Organ 8:08
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