Cavalcade of youth

composer
1950; signature tune for The Barlows of Beddington

 
Jack Beaver (1900–1963) was, like Charles Williams, a member of the Gaumont–British Pictures composing team in the 1930s, and as such he often contributed music to British films anonymously. Born in Clapham in south London, he studied piano and composition at The Royal Academy of Music. He did much work for the BBC and between 1932 and 1947 composed music to some forty films including The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935) and The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940). For this last he provided what was considered the first ‘tabloid piano concerto’, anticipating later examples such as Richard Addin­sell’s Warsaw Concerto. Beaver’s later contributions to the recorded music libraries included his Waltonesque grand march Cavalcade of Youth (1950), which achieved wide exposure when used as signature tune for the BBC radio series The Barlows of Beddington.

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 12 on CDA67400 [3'40] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 12 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [3'40] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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