Fred Hartley (1905–1991) specialized in light music throughout his career. Born in Dundee, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, toured as piano recitalist, played with Jack Hylton’s Kit-Kat Band, and formed his own ensemble to broadcast light music. From 1940 he was the BBC’s supervisor of light music. Of his original compositions, the best-known is Rouge et Noir
, a will-o’-the-wisp evocation in waltz time of the red and black of the gaming table.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1997