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The Golden Age of Light Music: The 1940s

The Golden Age of Light Music: The 1940s

Item No. GLCD 5102

Light Music

Price GBP 5.10 / USD

Medium: CD 
Release Date: 01.04.2004

If the names Robert Farnon, David Rose, Sidney Torch, Percy Faith, Eric Coates, Stanley Black, Morton Gould and Andre Kostelanetz already mean something to you, then you will need no further encouragement to go back in time to a period when ?popular music? was simply a term that meant it was enjoyed by millions. Light Music is tuneful music, you hear the melody and you feel better for it. Although the world was blighted by war, the 1940s nevertheless managed to produce an amazing outpouring of many musical styles. In retrospect it can be seen that Light Music was at the crossroads: would the genteel sounds of the early years of the 20th century be swept away by a brash tide of mediocrity, or would new talents emerge to adapt and even improve upon what had gone before? Happily for us, Light Music would survive, and reach even greater heights.


Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Music In The Air Byron Lloyd, arr. Sidney Torch QUEEN’S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Conducted by SIDNEY TORCH 3:07
02 Just One Of Those Things Cole Porter BILLY TERNENT AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:34
03 Melody On The Move Clive Richardson QUEEN’S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Conducted by CHARLES WILLIAMS 2:45
04 Out Of My Dreams Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II THE GERALDO STRING ORCHESTRA 3:11
05 Linda Chilena A. Orefiche, R. Connelly STANLEY BLACK AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:17
06 Laura David Raksin MORTON GOULD AND HIS ORCHESTRA Solo Violin: Max Pollikoff 3:24
07 Golliwog’s Cakewalk Debussy, arr. Douglas MAYFAIR ORCHESTRA Conducted by WALTER GOEHR 2:27
08 Manhattan Square Dance David Rose DAVID ROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:22
09 Runaway Rocking Horse Edward White ORCHESTRE RAYMONDE Conducted by ROBERT PRESTON 3:05
10 Woodland Revel George Melachrino MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 3:09
11 Music for Romance Manning Sherwin, Eric Maschwitz ALBERT SANDLER AND HIS PALM COURT ORCHESTRA 2:52
12 Canadian Caravan Robert Farnon QUEEN’S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Conducted by CHARLES WILLIAMS 2:50
13 Waltz from “TheThree Bears” Eric Coates QUEEN’S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Conducted by ERIC COATES 3:09
14 Metropolis Jack Brown NEW CENTURY ORCHESTRA Conducted by SIDNEY TORCH 2:31
15 Gorgeous Hussy Allan Gray HARMONIC ORCHESTRA Conducted by HANS MAY 2:53
16 Ascot Enclosure Peter Yorke QUEEN’S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Conducted by CHARLES WILLIAMS 3:00
17 Ten Green Bottles Trad. arr. Ronald Hanmer BBC VARIETY ORCHESTRA Conducted by CHARLES SHADWELL 3:04
18 Wagon Lit Sidney Torch QUEEN’S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Conducted by SIDNEY TORCH 3:02
19 Roving Fancies Haydn Wood THE REGENT CLASSIC ORCHESTRA 3:04
20 “The Way To The Stars” – Film Themes Nicholas Brodszky TWO CITIES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conducted by CHARLES WILLIAMS 6:38
21 Theatreland Jack Strachey NEW CONCERT ORCHESTRA Conducted by JAY WILBUR 3:06
22 Dancing Tambourine Polla, arr. Morton Gould ROBIN HOOD DELL ORCHESTRA Conducted by MORTON GOULD 2:58
23 “Blue Skies” – Selection Irving Berlin - Blue Skies, Always, Heat Wave, Getting Nowhere, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, 'You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, Blue Skies LOUIS LEVY AND HIS MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES 8:03
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