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The Golden Age of Light Music - The 1950s

Audio Samples

>Gershwin, George : Show Girl
>     Liza "All the clouds'll roll away"
>Ellington, Duke : Caravan
>Martin, Ray : Marching Strings
>Perkins, Frank : Fandango for piano (or voice & piano)
>Williams, Charles : Heart-O-London
>Duncan, Trevor : Hey Presto! (composed with George French, under the pseudonym "Brett Wilson")
>Gay, Noel : Me and My Girl (excerpt)
>Farnon, Robert : Proud Canvas
>Addinsell, Richard : Festival, incidental music for piano & orchestra
>Rodgers, Richard : Blue Moon, song (from "Babes in Arms")
>Martin, Ray : Dancing Bells
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Heyne, Joe : Petite Waltz
>Torch, Sidney : Shortcake Walk
>Heywood, R. : Flirtation Waltz
>Morley, Angela : Angel Cake
>Rose, David : Waltz of the Bubbles
>Busby, Robert : Sportsmaster, television series theme
>White, Edward Little : Paris Interlude
>Trenet, Charles : At Last, At Last
>Busch / Delugg : Roller Coaster
>Ahlert, Fred E. : The Moon Was Yellow
>Watters, Cyril : Piccadilly Spree
>Henman, Geoffrey : Champagne March
>Morales, Esy : Jungle Fantasy
>Hill-Bowen, William : Parade of the Film Hits
>     Medley

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Show Girl
>Ellington, Duke : Caravan
>Martin, Ray : Marching Strings
>Perkins, Frank : Fandango for piano (or voice & piano)
>Williams, Charles : Heart-O-London
>Duncan, Trevor : Hey Presto! (composed with George French, under the pseudonym "Brett Wilson")
>Gay, Noel : Me and My Girl (excerpt)
>Farnon, Robert : Proud Canvas
>Addinsell, Richard : Festival, incidental music for piano & orchestra
>Rodgers, Richard : Blue Moon, song (from "Babes in Arms")
>Martin, Ray : Dancing Bells
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Heyne, Joe : Petite Waltz
>Torch, Sidney : Shortcake Walk
>Heywood, R. : Flirtation Waltz
>Morley, Angela : Angel Cake
>Rose, David : Waltz of the Bubbles
>Busby, Robert : Sportsmaster, television series theme
>White, Edward Little : Paris Interlude
>Trenet, Charles : At Last, At Last
>Busch / Delugg : Roller Coaster
>Ahlert, Fred E. : The Moon Was Yellow
>Watters, Cyril : Piccadilly Spree
>Henman, Geoffrey : Champagne March
>Morales, Esy : Jungle Fantasy
>Hill-Bowen, William : Parade of the Film Hits
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers


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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Show Girl :: Liza "All the clouds'll roll away"
  • Conductor: David Rose
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1929
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ellington, Duke : Caravan
  • Conductor: Philip Green
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Martin, Ray : Marching Strings
  • Performer: Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra
  • Conductor: Edmundo Ros
  • Ensemble: Edmundo Ros Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1930
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Perkins, Frank : Fandango for piano (or voice & piano)
  • Performer: Hugo Winterhalter
  • Conductor: Hugo Winterhalter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Williams, Charles : Heart-O-London
  • Performer: Ron Goodwin
  • Conductor: Charles Williams
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Duncan, Trevor : Hey Presto! (composed with George French, under the pseudonym "Brett Wilson")
  • Performer: Frederic Curzon
  • Conductor: Frederic Curzon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gay, Noel : Me and My Girl (excerpt)
  • Performer: Roberto Inglez
  • Conductor: Roberto Inglez
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Farnon, Robert : Proud Canvas
  • Performers: Queen's Hall Light Orchestra; Robert Farnon (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Addinsell, Richard : Festival, incidental music for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Mantovani (Violin)
  • Conductor: The Mantovani
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1951

>Rodgers, Richard : Blue Moon, song (from "Babes in Arms")
  • Performer: Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Weston
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Martin, Ray : Dancing Bells
  • Conductor: Peder Zuider
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Agustín Lara (1897 - 1970) : Granada
  • Conductor: Monty Kelly
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Heyne, Joe : Petite Waltz
  • Performer: Billy Cotton
  • Conductor: Billy Cotton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Torch, Sidney : Shortcake Walk
  • Performer: Sidney Torch & His Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sidney Torch
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Heywood, R. : Flirtation Waltz
  • Performer: Frank Chacksfield
  • Conductor: Frank Chacksfield
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.

>Morley, Angela : Angel Cake
  • Conductor: Dolf Linden
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rose, David : Waltz of the Bubbles
  • Conductor: David Rose
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Busby, Robert : Sportsmaster, television series theme
  • Performers: Danish State Radio Orchestra; Robert Farnon (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.

>White, Edward Little : Paris Interlude
  • Ensemble: Music by Camerata
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Charles Trénet (1913 - 2001) : At Last, At Last
  • Performer: Ray Martin
  • Conductor: Ray Martin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Busch / Delugg : Roller Coaster
  • Performer: Henri Rene
  • Conductor: Henri Rene
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.

>Ahlert, Fred E. : The Moon Was Yellow
  • Performer: Stanley Black (Piano)
  • Conductor: Stanley Black
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Watters, Cyril : Piccadilly Spree
  • Conductor: R. Porten
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Henman, Geoffrey : Champagne March
  • Performers: Robert Farnon (Piano); Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.

>Morales, Esy : Jungle Fantasy
  • Performer: Percy Faith
  • Conductor: Percy Faith
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.

>Hill-Bowen, William : Parade of the Film Hits :: Medley
  • Performers: Melachrino Orchestra; George Melachrino (Voice)
  • Conductor: George Melachrino
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern