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By the sleepy lagoon

composer
1930; signature tune for Desert Island Discs

 
Eric Coates (1886–1957) scarcely needs any introduction, since his is altogether the most distinguished name in British light music. Born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, he was educated at The Royal Academy of Music and was an orchestral violist before injury forced him to give up playing and concentrate on composition. Here, we have the gentle serenade By the Sleepy Lagoon (1930). Like so many of his compositions, this achieved wide familiarity as a BBC radio signature tune—in this case for the long-running Desert Island Discs. Coates composed the piece originally for small orchestra, but later produced the version for larger orchestra used here.

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 7 on CDA67400 [4'03] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 7 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [4'03] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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