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Belle of the Ball


Undoubtedly the greatest exponent of American light orchestral music pure and simple was Leroy Anderson (1908–1975). Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was educated at the New England Conservatory and at Harvard University, and then played the double bass and became freelance conductor and arranger for the Boston Pops and other orchestras. It was in the years immediately after World War II that he produced a remarkably successful sequence of short orchestral pieces full of delightful melody and inventive effects and admirably reflecting his own modest and unassuming nature. One of the pieces is the lilting waltz Belle of the Ball (1952).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

Le plus grand apôtre de la musique légère orchestrale américaine fut indubitablement Leroy Anderson (1908–1975). Né à Cambridge, Massachusetts, il fit ses études au New England Conservatory et à Harvard University puis joua de la contrebasse et devint chef d’orchestre et arrangeur indépendant pour les Boston Pops, entre autres. Juste après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il produisit une série de brèves pièces orchestrales, au succès remarquable; regorgeant de mélodies ravissantes et d’effets inventifs, elles reflètent admirablement la nature modeste et humble de leur compositeur. Un de ces morceaux est la mélodieuse valse Belle of the Ball (1952).

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

Zweifelsohne der größte Vertreter schlichter und einfacher amerikanischer Unterhaltungsmusik für Orchester war Leroy Anderson (1908–1975). Der in Cambridge im Bundesstaat Massachusetts geborene Musiker studierte am New England Conservatory und in Harvard, spielte sodann den Kontrabaß und wurde freischaffenden Dirigent und Arrangeur für das Boston Pops und andere Orchester. In der Zeit unmittelbar nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg brachte er eine bemerkenswert erfolgreichen Reihe kurzer Orchesterstücke hervor, die voller herrlicher Melodik und einfallsreicher Effekte sind und sein eigenes bescheidenes und anspruchsloses Wesen vortrefflich widerspiegeln.

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


American Light Music Classics
CDA67067Archive Service


Track-specific metadata for CDA67067 track 6

Recording date
10 February 1998
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. American Light Music Classics (CDA67067)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: June 1998
    Deletion date: March 2017
    Archive Service
  2. The New London Orchestra Light Music Playlist (CDPL0106)
    Disc 1 Track 39
    Release date: September 2017
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