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  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    

A 230th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS

We start with two composers called Edwards, both active, according to their

publication dates, around 1960 and both producing lightish music for solo piano, but not related so far as I know. Stewart Hylton Edwards' titles include Two Aquarelles and Variations on an African Theme, both from 1960; Robert Owen Edwards published Children at Play, Three Dances (both 1959) and Arabesque, Clog Dance and Lament (all 1960). Also from that period or thereabouts, we may put in a reference to Donald Edge, a prolific arranger, especially for the BBC, of traditional tunes and varied medleys. Much more recently, Iain Grandage has written incidental music, most recently (2001) for D.J. Brittenís play Pembroke Arcadia, on BBC Radio.

Gilbert Gunn was yet another of those lesser known conductor/composers for the English musical theatre. The one show for which he wrote the score was All for Joy (1932), a musical farce, which after a provincial run, surfaced at the Piccadilly Theatre for 23 performances. And to balance him with another similarly named, but again unrelated composer/arranger, there is Douglas Gunn, whose Four Irish Folksongs, set for recorder ensemble, were published in 1975.

Finally Malcolm Davidson (1891-1949), London-born to a Scots family and trained at the RCM in Stanfordís time there and at Cambridge University, is worth a mention for his quite popular A Christmas Carol, settings of sundry Scots traditional songs for male voices and, from 1924 the three sketches for viola and piano entitled The Dayís Walk: Morning on the Hills, Siesta and The Travelling Circus.

Philip L Scowcroft

November 2001


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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