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Track(s) taken from CDH55477

Parade der Zinnsoldaten

signature tune for the 'Toytown' series on BBC Radio's 'Children's Hour'

New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Recording details: July 1997
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1998
Total duration: 2 minutes 53 seconds

Cover artwork: The Ball Supper (detail) (1878) by Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905)


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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

Leon Jessel (1871–1942), né en Allemagne orientale, à Stettin (actuelle Szczecin polonaise), devint chef d’orchestre de théâtre, ainsi que compositeur d’opérettes et de courtes pièces orchestrales. Parmi ces dernières, deux atteignirent à une renommée internationale: Der Rose Hochzeitszug («Le cortège nuptial de la rose») et, surtout, sa Parade der Zinnsoldaten («Parade des soldats de plomb»), qui portraiture admirablement son sujet et fut, durant de nombreuses années après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, connue des enfants britanniques comme indicatif de la série «Toytown», diffusée dans le cadre de la «Children’s Hour» de la BBC Radio.

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

Leon Jessel (1871–1942) wurde im ostdeutschen Stettin geboren (dem heute polnischen Szczecin) und wurde Kapellmeister sowie Komponist von Operetten und kurzen Orchesterstücken. Zu letzteren gehören zwei, die international bekannt wurden—Der Rose Hochzeitszug und vor allem seine Parade der Zinnsoldaten. Diese porträtiert ihr Subjekt auf bewundernswerte Weise und war noch viele Jahre nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg vielen britischen Kindern als Titelmusik der „Toytown“-Serie des BBC-Radio-Kinderprogramms bekannt.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1998
Deutsch: Michael Stoffl

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