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Robert Docker (1918–1992) was born in Paddington, London, and studied piano, viola and composition at the Royal Academy of Music between 1937 and 1941. After army service he took up freelance activities, becoming valued as a highly reliable pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He was a particularly brilliant improviser at the piano. He broadcast a great deal, forming a two-piano duo with Edward Rubach for twelve years and becoming a familiar contributor to light music broadcasts right up to his death. Perhaps his most successful short piece was the sparkling Tabarinage (‘Buffoonery’), a sort of eccentric British view of the French can-can.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1997

Robert Docker (1918-1992) naquit à Paddington, Londres, et étudia le piano, l’alto et la composition à la Royal Academy of Music entre 1937 et 1941. Après son service militaire, il entreprit une carrière indépendante de pianiste – il était un improvisateur particulièrement brillant –, compositeur, arrangeur et chef d’orchestre très prisé. Il enregistra beaucoup, formant un duo de pianos avec Edward Rubach pendant douze ans, et resta, jusqu’à sa mort, un collaborateur régulier des enregistrements de musique légère. Peut-être sa petite pièce la plus célèbre fut-elle le pétillant Tabarinage, sorte de vision britannique et excentrique du cancan.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1997
Français: Hypérion

Zwischen 1937 und 1941 studierte der in Paddington, London, geborene Robert Docker (1918-1992) Klavier, Viola und Komposition an der Royal Academy of Music. Nach seinem Militärdienst war Docker freiberuflich tätig und gewann einiges Ansehen als äußerst beschlagener Pianist, Komponist, Arrangeur und Dirigent. Besonders bemerkenswert war jedoch sein brillantes Improvisationstalent am Klavier. Docker war an unzähligen Rundfunkübertragungen beteiligt, und zusammen mit Edward Rubach gründete er ein Klavierduo, das zwölf Jahre lang, bis zu Dockers Tod, große Beiträge zur Unterhaltungs­musik im Rundfunk leistete. Sein erfolgreichstes Kurzstück ist womöglich das spritzige Tabarinage (‘Clownerie’), eine eher exzentrische britische Betrachtungsweise des französischen Can-Can.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner


British Light Music Classics
CDS44261/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 2
CDA66968Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4


Track 14 on CDA66968 [3'28] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 14 on CDS44261/4 CD2 [3'28] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66968 track 14

Recording date
22 October 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. British Light Music Classics, Vol. 2 (CDA66968)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: May 2010
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
  2. The New London Orchestra Light Music Playlist (CDPL0106)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: September 2017
    Download only
  3. British Light Music Classics (CDS44261/4)
    Disc 2 Track 14
    Release date: October 2006
    4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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