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Episode 2

Donald Macleod and Brian Kay explore the theme of Music and Movement, with pieces reflecting light music's fascination with various modes of transport.

Tuesday's programme explores the theme 'Music and movement', in a sequence of pieces reflecting light music's fascination with different modes of transport. Composers from Charles Williams to Richard Rodney Bennett have capitalized on the different rhythmic opportunities suggested by trains, planes, cars, horse rides - or even good old shanks's pony. There's also a discussion of the importance to light-music composers of 'library music'; much of the music familiar to us from signature tunes started life as publishers' commissions, with no specific end use in mind. Presented by Donald Macleod.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Charles Williams

    The Devil's Galop

    Performer: Charles Williams and his Concert orchestra

    • Chappell CHAP 110.
    • 6.
  • Vivian Ellis

    Coronation Scot

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

    • Warner Classics 2564 61438-2.
    • 4.
  • Edward White

    Puffin' Billy

    Orchestra: Melodi Light Orchestra. Conductor: Hubert Clifford.

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestsra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

    • Warner Classics 2564 61438-2.
    • 12.
  • Sidney Torch

    London Transport Suite

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223443.
    • 1.
  • Ron Goodwin

    Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines

    Ensemble: Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

    Performer: Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra

    • EMI CDP 7 46929-2.
    • 8.
  • Ron Goodwin

    633 Squadron

    Performer: Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra

    • EMI CDP 7 46929-2.
    • 14.
  • Benjamin Frankel

    Carriage And Pair

    Performer: New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)

    • Hyperion CDA 66968.
    • 7.
  • Angela Morley

    Rotten Row

    Performer: Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland (conductor)

    • ASV WHL 2138.
    • 5.
  • Frederic Curzon

    The Boulevardier

    Performer: Light Music Society Orchestra, Sir Vivian Dunn (conductor)

    • EMI CDM 5 66537-2.
    • 17.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Murder On The Orient Express

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba (conductor)

    • Chandos CHAN 9867.
    • 1.

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