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The Golden Age of Light Music - Childhood Memories

Notes & Reviews:

Of all the releases so far in this remarkable series from Guild, this is probably the one which most exemplifies how musical tastes have changed in half-a-century. Does anyone today still write the kind of carefree, tuneful music that runs through this disc? Way back when, in deceptively more innocent times, composers both famous and obscure were composing songs about galloping cowboys, dolls having high tea, and the rambunctious slapstick of circus clowns careening under the big top. Most of these are original pieces and a few (including the most famous, Quilter's Children's Overture) quote old nursery rhymes familiar to children everywhere. Indeed, the carefree years of childhood have for centuries provided inspiration for writers and composers, often conjuring up happy memories that seem far remote from the realities of everyday life. At times we all need to escape into a world where problems seem nonexistent, and it is hoped that the music in this collection will provide just that welcoming refuge.


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