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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)

Track-specific metadata for CDA67400 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-40007
Duration
4'03
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 7
    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 7
    Release date: October 2006
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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