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Episode 4

Donald Macleod and Brian Kay introduce a selection of novelties, evergreens and traditional music - all staples of the light composer's art. Includes Farnon, Toye, Binge, Bucalossi.

Thursday's programme presents a selection of novelties, evergreens and traditional music - all staples of the light composer's art. Novelties in particular have inspired the use of wonderfully colourful orchestration, no more so than in Robert Farnon's 'Jumping Bean'; as with much of this repertoire, if you don't know it by name, you'll almost certainly know the music when you hear it. Presented by Donald Macleod.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Robert Farnon

    Jumping Bean

    Performer: Kingsway Symphony Orchestra, Robert Farnon (conductor)

    • Vocalion CDVS 1946.
    • 17.
  • Mark Lubbock

    Polka Dots

    Performer: RTE Concert Orchestra, Ernest Tomlinson (conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223522.
    • 2.
  • George Melachrino

    Woodland Revel

    Performer: Melachrino Orchestra, George Melachrino (conductor)

    • EMI CDGO 2039.
    • 5.
  • Geoffrey Toye

    The Haunted Ballroom

    Performer: New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)

    • Hyperion CDA 66868.
    • 2.
  • Ronald Binge

    Elizabethan Serenade

    Performer: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ernest Tomlinson (conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223515.
    • 1.
  • Anthony Collins

    Vanity Fair

    Performer: RTE Concert Orchestra, Ernest Tomlinson (conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223522.
    • 1.
  • Ernest Bucalossi

    The Grasshopper's Dance

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

    • Warner 2564 62020-2.
    • 5.
  • Charles Williams

    The Old Clockmaker

    Performer: Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra

    • Chappells CHAP 120.
    • 23.
  • Arthur Prior

    The Whistler And His Dog

    Performer: The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra

    • Chandos CHAN 8856.
    • 1.
  • Roger Quilter

    Children's Overture

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

    • Royal Marines Records RMHS/EC002.
    • 7.

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