A 264th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS
We begin with three similarly named composers, who
were, so far as I am aware, not related to each other. George Crowe,
worth a mention for his genre miniature Wild Goose Chase; A.
Gwyllym Crowe, active early in the 20th Century, apparently
notable as a composer of waltzes whose titles included English Beauties,
Fairie Voices and See Saw; and Thomas Crowe, also
from the first half of the 20th Century and mainly responsible
for both sacred and secular popular songs. His titles included the four-piece
song cycle The Elves and Fairies of Homeland, a setting of Psalm
23, Hark the Glad Sound and The Land Which No Mortal May Know.
Monte Crick, whose floreat was the 1930s
and 1940s, was primarily a composer for the light musical stage in pieces
such as the musical play She Shall Have Music, whose score he
penned jointly with the theatre director Christopher Fry. This
was produced at the Saville Theatre in 1934, and the revue, Beyond
Compère. Crick also published a number of separate songs,
among them A Cloud, March! March! and The Toy Train.
Finally, there is John F. Larchet (1885-1967),
who drew inspiration from the Irish folk tradition with his orchestral
numbers, mostly for strings, entitled Irish Airs (two sets),
Macananty's Reel and the Two Characteristic Pieces, entitled
Carlow Tune and Tinkerís Wedding.
Philip L Scowcroft
Philip's book 'British Light Music Composers' (ISBN 0903413 88 4) is
currently out of print.