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Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)

Leroy Anderson, composerLeroy Anderson came along just in time to provide the perfect music for classical orchestra "pops" concerts. A talented musician, Anderson graduated with honors from Harvard and worked as an organist, bassist, and choirmaster and began arranging for Arthur Fiedler's Boston Pops Orchestra in the mid-1930s. Fiedler encouraged him to write his own pieces for the Pops. Finally, in 1938, Anderson complied, with ``Jazz Pizzicato'' and ``Jazz Legato,'' both immediate audience favorites. Over the next 25 years he composed some 50 more light classics, which virtually defined the sound of the American pops orchestra. Most of these works are humorous--like the "The Waltzing Cat," which turns schmaltzy string sighs that are standard fare in a Strauss waltz into meows--or show pieces, like "Bugler's Holiday," in which three trumpeters show off (although the parts are actually written to sound more difficult than they actually are--high school orchestras with three good trumpters often play it), or simply light and listenable, like "Blue Tango," his most-covered song. Anderson is best-known for his works incorporating gadgets as solo instruments, such as "Sandpaper Ballet,'' ``The Syncopated Clock,'' and "The Typewriter," which features the sounds of that venerable machine--tapping keys, grinding shifts, tinkling margin bell--although these are probably unfamiliar to today's computerized generation. Many know his tunes as they were incorporated for TV shows and commercials. "The Syncopated Clock" later became the theme of many a late-late movie show. He recorded a number of collections of his own tunes, and his single of "Blue Tango" was a #1 hit in 1951. His holiday season instrumental number, "Sleigh Ride," has, over the years, become a standard piece for Christmas concerts and has become his most-covered composition. He also wrote a number of serious contemporary compositions, including the Irish Suite, Suite of Carols and the Concerto in C for Piano and Orchestra, and the score of a Broadway musical, "Goldilocks," in 1958, but putting words to music wasn't his forte. Anderson continued to compose, almost exclusively for the Boston Pops, until his death. His works are still in print and a staple of pops orchestras around the world.
-  Space Age Pop

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Anderson  Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Do You Think That Love is Here to Stay?, voice and piano (1935)
Love May Come and Love May Go, voice and piano (1935)
The Music in My Heart, voice and piano (1935)
What's the Use of Love?, voice and piano (1935)
Harvard Fantasy, orchestra (1936) [revised as Harvard Festival, 1969]
Jazz Legato, string orchestra (1938)
Jazz Pizzicato, string orchestra (1938)
Ticonderoga March, band (1939)
Harvard Sketches, orchestra (1939; revised as Alma Mater, 1954)
  - Lowell House Bells; Freshman in Harvard Square; Widener Reading Room; Class Day Confetti Battle
Mother's Whistler, orchestra (1940)
Promenade, orchestra (1945)
The Syncopated Clock, orchestra (1945)
Chicken Reel, orchestra (1946)
Fiddle Faddle, orchestra (1947)
The Irish Washerwoman, orchestra (1947)
The Minstrel Boy, orchestra (1947)
The Rakes of Mallow, orchestra (1947)
The Last Rose of Summer, orchestra (1947)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm, orchestra (1947)
Serenata, orchestra (1947)
Saraband, orchestra (1948) [sometimes listed as "Sarabande"]
Sleigh Ride, orchestra (1948)
Governor Bradford March, orchestra (1948)
The Girl I Left Behind, orchestra (1949)
The Wearing of the Green, orchestra (1949)
The Irish Suite, orchestra (1947-49)
    - The Irish Washerwoman; The Minstrel Boy; The Rakes of Mallow; The Wearing of the Green; The Last Rose of Summer;
       The Girl I Left Behind Me
A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, orchestra (1949)
A Christmas Festival, orchestra (1950)
Classical Jukebox, orchestra (1950) [based on the 50's hit Music! Music! Music!]
The Typewriter, orchestra (1950)
The Waltzing Cat, orchestra (1950)
Belle of the Ball, orchestra (1951; for soprano, baritone and orchestra, 1959)
The Bluebells of Scotland, orchestra (1951)
Blue Tango, orchestra (1951; soprano and orchestra, 1959)
China Doll, orchestra (1951)
Horse and Buggy, orchestra (1951)
The Penny Whistle Song, orchestra (1951)
The Phantom Regiment, orchestra (1951)
Pirate Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1951)
Plink, Plank, Plunk!, string orchestra (1951)
Concerto in C, piano and orchestra (1953; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
Song of Jupiter, orchestra (1951) [arr. of Handel: Semele, HWV 58, "Where'er You Walk"]
The Girl in Satin, orchestra (1953)
Song of the Bells, orchestra (1953)
Summer Skies, orchestra (1953)
Alma Mater, orchestra (1954) [revision of Harvard Sketches, 1939]
    - Chapel Bells; Freshman on Main Street; Library Reading Room; Class Reunion
Bugler’s Holiday, orchestra (1954)
The First Day of Spring, orchestra (1954)
Forgotten Dreams, orchestra (1954) [also arr. by R. Wendel for voice and orchestra]
Sandpaper Ballet, orchestra (1954)
Scottish Suite, orchestra (1954; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
    - Bonnie Dundee; Turn Ye To Me; The Bluebells of Scotland; The Campbells are Coming
Turn Ye To Me, piano (1954)
Suite of Carols for Strings (1955)
Suite of Carols for Brass (1955)
Suite of Carols for Woodwinds (1955)
Goldilocks, a musical (1958)
    - Goldilocks Overture, orchestra (1958)
    - Goldilocks Suite, orchestra (1958) [Overture; Lazy Moon; Town House Maxixe; The Pussyfoot]
    - I Never Know When to Say When, orchestra (1962) [also for voice and orchestra]
    - Lady in Waiting – ballet music, orchestra (1959)
    - Lady in Waiting Waltz, orchestra (1959)
    - Pirate Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1961)
    - Lazy Moon, orchestra (1962)
    - Little Girls Should Be Seen and Not Married, baritone and orchestra (1958?)
    - No One'll Ever Love You, voice and orchestra (1958)
    - The Pussyfoot (Ballet), orchestra (1962)
    - Save a Kiss, soprano, baritone and orchestra (1959)
    - Shall I Take My Heart and Go, baritone and orchestra (1959)
    - Shall I Take My Heart and Go, orchestra (1962)
    - Town House Maxixe, orchestra (1962)
    - Pyramid Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1959)
    - Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair, soprano and orchestra (1959)
Woodbury Fanfare for 4 trumpets (1959)
Chatterbox, piano (196?)
The Cowboy and His Horse, piano (196?)
Hens and Chickens, piano (196?)
An Old Fashioned Song, piano (196?)
Piece for Rolf, 2 cellos/student and teacher (1961)
Arietta, string orchestra (1962)
Balladette, string orchestra (1962)
The Captains and the Kings, orchestra (1962)
Clarinet Candy, orchestra (1962)
The Golden Years, orchestra (1962)
Home Stretch, orchestra (1962)
You Can Always Tell a Harvard Man, voice and piano (1962)
You Can Always Tell a Radcliffe Girl, voice and piano (1962)
Chatterbox, beginng string orchestra (1966)
Melody on Two Notes, beginning string orchestra (1966)
The Musical Household, beginning string orchestra (only one piece realized)
    - Whistling Kettle, beginng string orchestra (c. 1966; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
    - Oriental Rug (never written)
    - Boston Rocker (never written)
    - Crazy Quilt (never written)
    - Pots and Pans (never written)
A Harvard Festival, orchestra (1969) [revised version of Harvard Fantasy, 1936]
Lullaby of the Drums, orchestra (1970; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
March of the Two Left Feet, orchestra (1970)
To a Wild Rose [Edward Macdowell], string orchestra (1970)
Waltz Around the Scale, orchestra (1970; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
Birthday Party, orchestra w/optional chorus (1970) [arr. of Happy Birthday and For He's a Jolly Good Fellow]
Wedding March for Jane and Peter, organ (1972)
Second Regiment Connecticut National Guard March, orchestra (1973)
Gone With the Wind, musical (unfinished)
    - This Lovely World, baritone or mezzo-soprano and orchestra


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Anderson  Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Goldilocks, a musical (1958)
Lady in Waiting – Ballet music, orchestra (1959)
Gone With the Wind, musical (unfinished)

Orchestra
Harvard Fantasy, orchestra (1936) [revised, 1969, as Harvard Festival]
Jazz Legato, string orchestra (1938)
Jazz Pizzicato, string orchestra (1938)
Harvard Sketches, orchestra (1939; revised as Alma Mater, 1954)
  - Lowell House Bells; Freshman in Harvard Square; Widener Reading Room; Class Day Confetti Battle
Mother's Whistler, orchestra (1940)
Promenade, orchestra (1945)
The Syncopated Clock, orchestra (1945)
Chicken Reel, orchestra (1946)
Fiddle Faddle, orchestra (1947)
The Irish Washerwoman, orchestra (1947)
The Minstrel Boy, orchestra (1947)
The Rakes of Mallow, orchestra (1947)
The Last Rose of Summer, orchestra (1947)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm, orchestra (1947)
Serenata, orchestra (1947)
Saraband, orchestra (1948) [sometimes listed as "Sarabande"]
Sleigh Ride, orchestra (1948)
Governor Bradford March, orchestra (1948)
The Girl I Left Behind, orchestra (1949)
The Wearing of the Green, orchestra (1949)
The Irish Suite, orchestra (1947-49)
    - The Irish Washerwoman; The Minstrel Boy; The Rakes of Mallow; The Wearing of the Green; The Last Rose of Summer;
       The Girl I Left Behind Me
A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, orchestra (1949)
A Christmas Festival, orchestra (1950)
Classical Jukebox, orchestra (1950) [based on the 50's hit Music! Music! Music!]
The Typewriter, orchestra (1950)
The Waltzing Cat, orchestra (1950)
Belle of the Ball, orchestra (1951; for soprano, baritone and orchestra, 1959)
The Bluebells of Scotland, orchestra (1951)
Blue Tango, orchestra (1951; soprano and orchestra, 1959)
China Doll, orchestra (1951)
Horse and Buggy, orchestra (1951)
The Penny Whistle Song, orchestra (1951)
The Phantom Regiment, orchestra (1951)
Pirate Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1951)
Plink, Plank, Plunk!, string orchestra (1951)
Song of Jupiter, orchestra (1951) [arr. of Handel: Semele, HWV 58, "Where'er You Walk"]
The Girl in Satin, orchestra (1953)
Song of the Bells, orchestra (1953)
Summer Skies, orchestra (1953)
Alma Mater, orchestra (1954) [revision of Harvard Sketches, 1939]
    - Chapel Bells; Freshman on Main Street; Library Reading Room; Class Reunion
Bugler’s Holiday, orchestra (1954)
The First Day of Spring, orchestra (1954)
Forgotten Dreams, orchestra (1954) [also arr. by R. Wendel for voice and orchestra]
Sandpaper Ballet, orchestra (1954)
Scottish Suite, orchestra (1954; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
    - Bonnie Dundee; Turn Ye To Me; The Bluebells of Scotland; The Campbells are Coming
Suite of Carols for Strings (1955)
Goldilocks Overture, orchestra (1958) [from musical, 1958]
Lady in Waiting – ballet music, orchestra (1959) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Lady in Waiting Waltz, orchestra (1959) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Pyramid Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1959) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Pirate Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1961) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Arietta, string orchestra (1962)
Balladette, string orchestra (1962)
The Captains and the Kings, orchestra (1962)
Clarinet Candy, orchestra (1962)
The Golden Years, orchestra (1962)
Home Stretch, orchestra (1962)
I Never Know When to Say When, orchestra (1962) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Lazy Moon, orchestra (1962) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
The Pussyfoot (Ballet), orchestra (1962) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Shall I Take My Heart and Go, orchestra (1962) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Town House Maxixe, orchestra (1962) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Chatterbox, beginng string orchestra (1966)
Melody on Two Notes, beginning string orchestra (1966)
Whistling Kettle, beginning string orchestra (c. 1966; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
A Harvard Festival, orchestra (1969) [revised version of Harvard Fantasy, 1936]
Lullaby of the Drums, orchestra (1970; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
March of the Two Left Feet, orchestra (1970)
To a Wild Rose [Edward Macdowell], string orchestra (1970)
Waltz Around the Scale, orchestra (1970; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
Second Regiment Connecticut National Guard March, orchestra (1973)

String Orchestra
Jazz Legato, string orchestra (1938)
Jazz Pizzicato, string orchestra (1938)
Plink, Plank, Plunk!, string orchestra (1951)
Suite of Carols for Strings (1955)
Arietta, string orchestra (1962)
Balladette, string orchestra (1962)
Chatterbox, beginng string orchestra (1966)
Melody on Two Notes, beginning string orchestra (1966)
Whistling Kettle, beginning string orchestra (c. 1966; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
To a Wild Rose [Edward Macdowell], string orchestra (1970)

Band
Ticonderoga March, band (1939)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, orchestra (1949)
The Typewriter, orchestra (1950)
Bugler’s Holiday, orchestra (1954)
Concerto in C, piano and orchestra (1953; withdrawn by composer; released posthumously)
Clarinet Candy, orchestra (1962)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Pirate Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1951)
Pyramid Dance, orchestra w/optional chorus (1960)
Birthday Party, orchestra w/optional chorus (1970) [arr. of Happy Birthday and For He's a Jolly Good Fellow]

Chamber
Suite of Carols for Brass (1955)
Suite of Carols for Woodwinds (1955)
Woodbury Fanfare for 4 trumpets (1959)
Piece for Rolf, 2 cellos/student and teacher (1961)

Piano/Organ
Turn Ye To Me, piano (1954)
Chatterbox, piano (196?)
The Cowboy and His Horse, piano (196?)
Hens and Chickens, piano (196?)
An Old Fashioned Song, piano (196?)
Wedding March for Jane and Peter, organ (1972)

Vocal
Do You Think That Love is Here to Stay?, voice and piano (1935)
Love May Come and Love May Go, voice and piano (1935)
The Music in My Heart, voice and piano (1935)
What's the Use of Love?, voice and piano (1935)
Belle of the Ball, orchestra (1951; for soprano, baritone and orchestra, 1959)
Blue Tango, orchestra (1951; soprano and orchestra, 1959)
Little Girls Should Be Seen and Not Married, baritone and orchestra (1958?) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Save a Kiss, soprano, baritone and orchestra (1959) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Shall I Take My Heart and Go, baritone and orchestra (1959) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair, soprano and orchestra (1959) [from Goldilocks, 1958]
You Can Always Tell a Harvard Man, voice and piano (1962)
You Can Always Tell a Radcliffe Girl, voice and piano (1962)
This Lovely World, baritone or mezzo-soprano and orchestra [from unfinished musical Gone With the Wind]


ANDERSON  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
Leroy Anderson: An American Treasure, Unjustly Neglected (Henry Fogel, On the Record)
Leroy Anderson: A Bio-Bibliography (Burgess Speed, Eleanor Anderson, Steve Metcalf, Greenwood Pr., books.google.com)
Leroy Anderson Captures the Fervor of Human Feelings in His Music (Kathy Warnes, Suite101.com)
The Leroy Anderson Papers in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University
Leroy Anderson – Orchestral Music, Volume 1 (Colin Anderson, The Classical Source)
Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” (1948) (FaLaLaLaLa.com)
The Leroy Anderson Song (Space Age Pop Music)
Leroy Anderson Square Dedicated (Ken Gewertz, Harvard Gazette)
Leroy Anderson Went to Harvard, for percussion quartet (2003) (Jason Freeman)
The One Who Got Away: Leroy Anderson (Jessica Duchen's Classical Music Blog)
The Syncopated Clock (Wikipedia)

Composer's website

Anderson @ Wikipedia
Anderson @ 8notes
Anderson @ American Music Preservation
Anderson @ Answers.com
Anderson @ Classic Cat
Anderson @ Classical.com
Anderson @ Classical Archives
Anderson @ Classical Composers Database
Anderson @ Classical Music Midi Page
Anderson @ Classical Net
Anderson @ ClassicsToday
Anderson @ Compact Discoveries
Anderson @ The Dayton Philharmonic    also    here
Anderson @ Dilettante Music
Anderson @ Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers
Anderson @ DSO Kids (Dallas Symphony Orchestra)
Anderson @ Everything2
Anderson @ Find a Grave
Anderson @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Anderson @ Infography
Anderson @ Edwin F. Kalmus
Anderson @ Facebook
Anderson @ Free Republic
Anderson @ IBDB (Internet Broadway Database)
Anderson @ The Kennedy Center
Anderson @ Kristianstads kommun
Anderson @ Luck's Music Library
Anderson @ Minnesota Public Radio
Anderson @ Modern Classical
Anderson @ MSN Music
Anderson @ MusicWeb International
Anderson @ Naxos
Anderson @ The New York Times
Anderson @ NNDB
Anderson @ NPR
Anderson @ OrchestraList
Anderson @ PBS/Once Upon a Sleighride
Anderson @ Quizmoz
Anderson @ Randy's Rodeo
Anderson @ Rome Concert Band (Rome, New York)
Anderson @ G. Schirmer
Anderson @ Songwriters Hall of Fame
Anderson @ Space Age Pop
Anderson @ Spiritus-Temporis
Anderson @ VH1
Anderson @ Robert Wendel Music

Streaming Audio
Anderson @ Composer's website
Anderson @ Al Levy's Music and Arts LFO Hotel
Anderson @ andypease.com/Bugler's Holiday
Anderson @ Classical Archives
Anderson @ Classical Music Midi Page
Anderson @ Dan's Classical Music Page
Anderson @ DSO Kids (Dallas Symphony Orchestra)
Anderson @ The Kennedy Center
Anderson @ Lala
Anderson @ last.fm
Anderson @ Music & Vision
Anderson @ MySpaceMusic/Arthur Fiedler
Anderson @ Naxos/Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music (Podcast)
Anderson @ NPRmusic
Anderson @ PRX (Public Radio Exchange)
Anderson @ Rhapsody
Anderson @ WFIU

Recordings
Anderson @ ArkivMusic
Anderson @ ClassicsOnline
Anderson @ Discogs

Video
Anderson @ YouTube
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