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  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    

A 195th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS

We begin with brief mentions for two post Second War figures: Peter Crantock, for his lovely orchestral Cockney Capers; and Gerald Cockshott (1915-), who produced many arrangements for voice(s) of traditional songs, British and other – his Dance Suite for piano solo and the eleven movement orchestral Maddermarket Suite are also more arrangements than original compositions.

Now for another sheaf of "singleton" musical composers. H. Lytton Norman’s one show was Carmello; toured in 1920-21. Ernest Steffan contributed songs to various musicals around that same period. But the only show of his own, I Call It Love, did not appear until 1944 and then it did not make the West End. Rikki Logan is credited with two shows, Lady Isabel’s Lover (1958) and Isabel (1963); both were based on the Victorian novel East Lynne so we may assume them to be different versions of the same basic musical. Ralph Blane and Moe Billington collaborated on the score of a children’s musical of 1969 entitled Brer Rabbit and Uncle Remus.

Finally, two composers of musicals who wrote the scores of at least two musicals each, though without achieving much distinction. Kenny Graham’s two were Three Musketeers?, played at Margate in 1962, and Four Thousand Brass Halfpennies, which had a run at the Mermaid Theatre in 1965. And John Dalby, also a conductor, was responsible for The Rose and the Ring (Stratford East, 1964-5) and The Magic Carpet, produced at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in 1968.

Philip L Scowcroft

June 2001


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

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