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Rhythm on rails
composer
1956; signature tune for BBC Morning Music

Recordings
'British Light Music Classics' (CDS44261/4)
British Light Music Classics
Buy by post £22.00 CDS44261/4  4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'British Light Music Classics, Vol. 4' (CDA67400)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 4
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA67400  Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4  
Details
Track 6 on CDA67400 [2'47] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 6 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [2'47] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Rhythm on rails
The clear melodic lines that typify British light music are no less apparent in the music of east-London-born Charles Williams (1893–1978). Yet he was born Isaac Cozerbreit, of central European Jewish parents. His father had used the name ‘Charles Williams’ for his own career as a concert singer, and the son formally adopted that name during World War I. He studied violin at The Royal Academy of Music and composition with Norman O’Neill, and during the 1920s played under various leading conductors as a freelance violinist. His subsequent experience as musical director in cinemas led to involvement with film scores for Gaumont–British at Lime Grove Studios. He worked on over a hundred British films, meanwhile being selected by the publisher Chappell to build its library of recorded ‘mood music’. We hear two pieces whose titles admirably sum up their nature. A Quiet Stroll (1952) and the ingenious Rhythm on Rails (1956) were both used as BBC signature tunes—the former for Farming, the latter for Morning Music.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2002

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Details for CDS44261/4 disc 4 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-40006
Duration
2'47
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 6
    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 6
    Release date: October 2006
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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