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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 39 seconds

'For light music specialist and general music lover alike, this collection should prove pure delight' (Gramophone)

'Music that will make older readers revel in nostalgia and younger listeners discover an abundance of charming tunes that will spin around in their heads for days … An entrancing collection packaged in warm, ravishing sound' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The noble but under-rated tradition of British light music played to the manner born by Corp and his band who, if anything, improve on the original recordings' (Classic CD)

'Espléndido disco' (CD Compact, Spain)

Pas de quatre
composer
1888; as featured in 'Faust up to date'

Pas de quatre  [3'39]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Wilhelm Meyer Lutz (c1829–1903) was born and educated in Münnerstadt, near Kissingen, Bavaria. He came to England in 1848 and, after various posts as an organist, began a career as musical director in London theatres. From 1869 he was the musical director at the Gaiety Theatre, composing songs and dances for numerous shows there. Among them was the rhythmically engaging Pas de quatre which appeared in the burlesque Faust Up to Date (1888). It gained immense popularity, the more so for the fact that its tune fitted the steps of the barn dance, which had just then been imported from America into British ballrooms.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

Other albums featuring this work
'British Light Music Classics' (CDS44261/4)
British Light Music Classics
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