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The City Atlas (1889) by Sidney Starr (1857-1925)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of the Massey Collection of English Painting, 1946
Track(s) taken from CDA66868
Recording details: December 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 20 seconds

Calling all workers
composer
1940; signature tune for Music while you work

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Eric Coates (1886–1957) was the work of the undisputed king of British light music, A native of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, he began as an orchestral violist before beginning to make his name with well-crafted songs and some most elegant and tuneful orchestral suites and other pieces of light music. Many of these gained familiarity as signature tunes during the heyday of radio, as was the case with the war­time march Calling All Workers (1940) which was for many years the signature tune of the radio programme Music While You Work. The tune was chosen very carefully from many among others for its tempo. The idea was not only to cheer people up in the war factories but also to pace their work—they worked faster because of the speed of the music.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

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'British Light Music Classics' (CDS44261/4)
British Light Music Classics
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