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Marching Strings

composer
1952; signature tune for Top of the form
composer
1952; signature tune for Top of the form

 
Ray Martin (1918–1988) was born in Vienna where he studied violin and composition at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts before moving to England in 1937. After performing in variety as a solo violin act, he enlisted in the British Army when war broke out. Being fluent in French, German and English, he was recruited for Army intelligence, and later he became a composer, arranger and musical director with the British Forces Network in Hamburg. This led to recording contracts, for which he continued to compose under a variety of names. It was as ‘Marshall Ross’ that he composed Marching Strings (1952), a piece that became widely familiar when adopted as signature tune for the hugely popular BBC radio and television programme Top of the Form. Later Martin retired to South Africa.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2002

Recordings

British Light Music Classics
CDS44261/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 4
CDA67400Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4

Details

Track 1 on CDA67400 [2'45] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 1 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [2'45] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44261/4 disc 4 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-40001
Duration
2'45
Recording date
12 April 2002
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. British Light Music Classics, Vol. 4 (CDA67400)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2002
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
  2. British Light Music Classics (CDS44261/4)
    Disc 4 Track 1
    Release date: October 2006
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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