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Track(s) taken from CDA67067

Whistling Rufus


New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Recording details: February 1998
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 11 seconds


'These lovely old tunes have a freshness and charm akin to the best light-hearted literature or illustration from the same period. A splendid successor to the previous volumes' (Gramophone)

'These guys can take on the Boston Pops any day!' (Classic FM)

'A lovely, irresistible record' (Birmingham Post)

'Une collection indispensable aux amateurs du genre! (Diapason, France)

'Hewitt’s Liszt interpretations are both refined and dramatic, very personal and technically flawless. For anyone keen on getting a new view of Liszt this is enriching listening.' (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)

Frederick Allen Mills (1869–1948), who composed under the name of ‘Kerry Mills’, was born in Philadelphia and, as a young man, taught violin at the University of Michigan. He formed his own publishing company, F A Mills, and composed minstrel songs and other numbers such as the enduring Meet me in St Louis, Louis (1904). However, his most distinctive contribution to popular music came with his jaunty, lightly syncopated ‘characteristic marches’, composed during the 1890s to satisfy the craze for the cakewalk, a forerunner of ragtime. His first such success was with Rastus on Parade (1895) which was followed most notably by At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1897) and Whistling Rufus (1899). This last is heard here in an orchestral version by Sidney Crooke.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

Natif de Philadelphie, Frederick Allen Mills (1869–1948), qui composa sous le nom de «Kerry Mills», enseigna, jeune homme, le violon à l’University of Michigan. Il monta sa propre maison d’édition, F.A. Mills, et composa des chansons de ménestrel et d’autres pièces, comme la durable Meet me in St Louis, Louis (1904). Mais sa contribution la plus typique à la musique populaire fut ses «marches caractéristiques» enjouées, légèrement syncopées, composées dans les années 1890 afin de satisfaire à l’engouement pour le cakewalk, avant-coureur du ragtime. Son premier succès du genre fut Rastus on Parade (1895), suivi surtout de At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1897) et de Whistling Rufus (1899), entendu ici dans une version orchestrale de Sidney Crooke.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1998
Français: Hypérion

Frederick Allen Mills (1869-1948), der unter dem Namen „Kerry Mills“ komponierte, ist in Philadelphia geboren und gab als junger Mann Violinenunterricht an der Universität von Michigan. Er gründete seinen eigenen Verlag, F. A. Mills, und komponierte Minstrels und andere Stücke wie Meet me in St Louis, Louis (1904), das sich bis heute gehalten hat. Sein bezeichnendster Beitrag zur Unterhaltungsmusik kam jedoch mit seinen flotten, leicht synkopierten „Charaktermärschen“, die er in den 90er Jahren des 19. Jahrhunderts schrieb, um einer Riesennachfrage nach dem Cakewalk, einem Vorgänger des Ragtime, nachzukommen. Seinen ersten Erfolg dieser Art verzeichnete er mit Rastus on Parade (1895), gefolgt, von denen At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1897) und Whistling Rufus (1899) besonders beachtenswert sind. Letzteres ist hier in einer Orchesterversion von Sidney Crooke zu hören.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1998
Deutsch: Anke Vogelhuber

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