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Here we divide our attention between writers of tuneful light instrumental miniatures during the 1930s and writers of musicals each side of 1970.

The musical first. John Dalby wrote the music for The Rose and the Ring, produced at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1964, and then returned to the fray in 1968 with The Magic Carpet at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Lionel Segal twice had musicals produced at Guildford, Little Women in 1970 and The Pied Piper of Hamelin in 1972. Julian Davies conducted and composed, his effort in the latter direction being The Baddock’s Time, put on in Liverpool in 1970. And Annette Battan’s The Little Giant was produced in 1972 at Greenwich.

Our two instrumental composers are: C.R. Yville-Smith, who amongst other things composed a Romance in D Major for cello and piano and Idyll for piano solo, both published in 1932; and Ivy Parkin, whose compositions included six Preludes for piano solo and, all for cello and piano and all dating from 1934, Aria, Chanson Espagnole and Cradle Song.

Philip L Scowcroft

July 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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