Frederic Curzon (1899–1973) was a stalwart of British light music and a fine craftsman. As head of the light music department of Boosey & Hawkes, he was also responsible for encouraging many younger composers. London-born, he 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. Later he was active as a cinema organist but concentrated increasingly on composition. We hear his wittily titled and whimsically conceived Dance of an Ostracised Imp
(1940). Whatever the title means, it seems to capture the spirit of the piece admirably!
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2002