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  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    

A 266th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS

This latest collection is a collection of snippet references - first, and mainly to people known (if at all) for their orchestral compositions: Terence Roper for Autumn Rhapsody; J.M. Hutchings for his Cavalry Call March of 1947; L. Sturdy for the suite Old Kensington in four movements entitled In Old Victorian Days, Peter Pan, Boats on the Pond and A Morning's Walk. Barrs Partridge for his pizzicato miniature Thistledown and A Comedy Overture, the latter one of literally hundreds of a typically British light, or lightish, form; George Asch for the marches British Patrol and the descriptive Oriental March Le Caravane; George L. Cobb (1886-1942) for another piece of oriental exotica, his suite A Night in India whose five movements were titled Twilight in Benares, The Fakirs, Dance of the Flower Girls, The Temple of Siva and March of the Brahmin Priests; and J.W. Cole for the genre movement Bisley and the xylophone solo (with orchestra La Pluie (The Rain). These were mainly around the mid-20th century or before.

One more Victorian dance music composer to add to the dozens already noted is C. Howard Cole whose Chinese Quadrille and other similar numbers achieved publication. Mary Nightingale's popular ballad-type songs included An Old-Time Mother Song and Wait There Rosanne!

Finally mentions for Ivan C. Phillips for his inventive arrangements for French horn, for Frank Aston for his brass band items, especially Bedale Hunt (1968), a posthorn solo, and for Bob Peacock, who lives in Cleveland and has written quantities of jazz-related educational music and incidental music for radio plays.

Philip L Scowcroft

May 2002


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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