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Track(s) taken from CDA66868

Pas de quatre

1888; as featured in 'Faust up to date'

New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Recording details: December 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 39 seconds

Cover artwork: The City Atlas (1889). Sidney Starr (1857-1925)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of the Massey Collection of English Painting, 1946


‘For light music specialist and general music lover alike, this collection should prove pure delight’ (Gramophone)

‘Music that will make older readers revel in nostalgia and younger listeners discover an abundance of charming tunes that will spin around in their heads for days … an entrancing collection packaged in warm, ravishing sound’ (BBC Music Magazine)

‘The noble but under-rated tradition of British light music played to the manner born by Corp and his band who, if anything, improve on the original recordings’ (Classic CD)

'Espléndido disco' (CD Compact, Spain)
Wilhelm Meyer Lutz (c1829–1903) was born and educated in Münnerstadt, near Kissingen, Bavaria. He came to England in 1848 and, after various posts as an organist, began a career as musical director in London theatres. From 1869 he was the musical director at the Gaiety Theatre, composing songs and dances for numerous shows there. Among them was the rhythmically engaging Pas de quatre which appeared in the burlesque Faust Up to Date (1888). It gained immense popularity, the more so for the fact that its tune fitted the steps of the barn dance, which had just then been imported from America into British ballrooms.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

Wilhelm Meyer Lutz (circa 1829-1903), né et élevé à Münnerstadt, près de Kissingen, en Bavière, arriva en Angleterre en 1848. Après avoir occupé divers postes d’organiste, il entama une carrière de directeur musical dans les théâtres londoniens. Les spectacles du Gaiety Theatre, dont il assura la direction musicale à partir de 1869, présentèrent quantité de chants et de danses de sa composition. Parmi eux, le Pas de quatre, au rythme entraînant, qui parut dans le burlesque Faust Up to Date (1888). Ce morceau acquit une popularité d’autant plus immense que sa mélodie convenait aux pas de la barn dance, cette danse américaine qui venait juste de faire son apparition dans les salles de bal anglaises.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1996
Français: Hypérion

Wilhelm Meyer Lutz (ca. 1829-1903) war in Münnerstadt in der Nähe von Kissingen in Bayern geboren und ausgebildet worden. Er kam 1848 nach England, und nach zahlreichen Stellungen als Organist begann er eine Karriere als musikalischer Direktor verschiedener Londoner Theater. Ab 1869 war er musikalischer Direktor am Gaiety Theatre, und er komponierte Lieder und Tänze für zahlreiche der Aufführungen dieses Theaters. Hierunter auch das rhythmisch einnehmende Pas de quatre, das erstmals in der Burleske Faust Up to Date (1888) aufgeführt wurde. Die enorme Berühmtheit des Stückes wurde zudem noch dadurch verstärkt, daß ihre Melodie zu den Schritten des ‘Barn dance’ paßte, der in den britischen Ballsälen gerade erst aus Amerika eingetroffen war.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

Other albums featuring this work

British Light Music Classics
CDS44261/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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