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Parade der Zinnsoldaten
composer
signature tune for the 'Toytown' series on BBC Radio's 'Children's Hour'

Recordings
'European Light Music Classics' (CDH55477)
European Light Music Classics
CDH55477  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release  
'European Light Music Classics' (CDA66998)
European Light Music Classics
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 CDA66998  To be superseded by CDH55477  
Details
Track 1 on CDH55477 [2'53] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release
Track 1 on CDA66998 [2'53] To be superseded by CDH55477

Parade der Zinnsoldaten
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Leon Jessel (1871–1942) was born in Stettin in eastern Germany (now Szczecin in Poland) and became a theatre conductor and composer of operettas and short orchestral pieces. The latter included two that achieved international renown—Der Rose Hochzeitszug (‘The wedding procession of the rose’) and, above all, his Parade der Zinnsoldaten (‘Parade of the tin soldiers’). This admirably portrays its subject and was for many years after World War II familiar to children in Britain as the signature tune of the ‘Toytown’ series on BBC Radio’s ‘Children’s Hour’.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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