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Hyperion Records

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The Ball Supper (detail) (1878) by Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905)
Track(s) taken from CDA66998
Recording details: July 1997
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1998
Total duration: 2 minutes 53 seconds

'15 numbers that everyone can whistle but few can put a name to. Played with panache and affection, the imaginative Mr Corp has notched up another success' (Classic FM)

'Another tasty compilation that will sell like hot cakes' (Classic CD)

Parade der Zinnsoldaten
composer
signature tune for the 'Toytown' series on BBC Radio's 'Children's Hour'

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Leon Jessel (1871–1942) was born in Stettin in eastern Germany (now Szczecin in Poland) and became a theatre conductor and composer of operettas and short orchestral pieces. The latter included two that achieved international renown—Der Rose Hochzeitszug (‘The wedding procession of the rose’) and, above all, his Parade der Zinnsoldaten (‘Parade of the tin soldiers’). This admirably portrays its subject and was for many years after World War II familiar to children in Britain as the signature tune of the ‘Toytown’ series on BBC Radio’s ‘Children’s Hour’.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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