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GUILD LIGHT MUSIC...recordings

Guild Light Music is a world-wide label, restoring the cream of the vast light music repertoire of yesteryear with original recordings by the composers or by artists associated with them. The originals have been outstandingly transferred, enhancing their unique qualities to ensure this music is fast reaching today's new audiences.

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VIDEO: Canadian-born Robert Farnon (1917-2005) was one of the finest light music composer / arrangers of the post-war years in England. From a recent Guild CD, splendidly played and recorded in 1948, he conducts the Queens Hall Light Orchestra in his own composition "Grandstand." (Guild GLCD 5220.)



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      Before Late Romantic orchestral trends of length and scope separated the trajectory of lighter orchestral works from the Western Classical canon, classical composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Joseph Haydn won as much fame for writing lighter pieces such as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik as for their symphonies and operas. Later examples of early European light music include the operettas of composers such as Franz von SuppĂ© or Sir Arthur Sullivan; the Continental salon and parlour music genres; and the waltzes and marches of Johann Strauss II and his family. The Straussian waltz became a common light music composition (note for example Charles Ancliffe's "Nights of Gladness" or Felix Godin's "Valse Septembre"). These influenced the foundation of a "lighter" tradition of classical music in the 19th and early 20th centuries. More from WIKIPEDIA 

VIDEO: BBC Four series showcasing the Golden Age of British light orchestral music. Interviews with Ernest Tomlinson, Brian Kay, Angela Morley, Vera Binge and featuring the music of Eric Coates, Robert Farnon, Ronald Binge, Mantovani, Ernest Tomlinson and a host of others. Broadcast in 2007


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