London-born, Frederic Curzon (1899–1973) studied violin, cello, piano and organ, became pianist in a London theatre orchestra, and by the age of twenty was conducting and composing for silent films. He eventually became the head of the light music department of the publisher Boosey & Hawkes, for whom he composed his most successful compositions. Of these, The Boulevardier
(1939)—a jaunty portrayal of a Parisian man-about-town—became especially well loved.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996