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  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    

A 189th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS

To begin this bunch, here are two orchestral composers or arrangers from the 1930s or thereabouts. David Stephen (1869-1946) was really an arranger, specialising in settings of Scots songs, whether individual ones (e.g. Loch Lomond and Willy’s Rare and Willy’s Fair) or potpourris such as the Scottish Fantasia and Scotland Serenade. About Cecil Stanley I know nothing, apart from the fact that he composed a Romantic Suite in three movements: Courtship, Wedding Morn and Festivities.

Henry Sullivan, born in 1893 and no relation, so far as I know, of Sullivan of G & S, composed for revues: Bow Bells which had one big hit "Mona Lisa" and with Nicholas Brodsky, Home and Beauty. Henry Vere Fitzroy Somerset, born in 1898, was known principally (as a composer) for church music but his ballad A Song of Sleep was quite popular in its day.

Alma Bazel Androzza (1912- ?) was a composer of old fashioned ballads. I say "old fashioned" advisedly because she published Live in the Sunlight as late as 1964. Her best known song was however If I Can Help Somebody, from the hit parade of 1945. Despite her foreign sounding surname she set English words, worked in England and published her songs here.

Finally from roughly the same period we should remember Cecil Rayners, who composed orchestral items (the entr’acte Dance of the Little Robins and Elfin Serenade, both however orchestrated by Joseph Engleman, discussed in a previous Garland) and ballad-type songs, has titles including A Clockwork Courtship, Within Your Eyes and Little Fairy Boat.

Philip L Scowcroft


Enquiries to Philip at

8 Rowan Mount

DONCASTER

S YORKS DN2 5PJ

Philip's book 'British Light Music Composers' (ISBN 0903413 88 4) is currently out of print.

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