Light music is orchestral music, which originated in the 19th century and continues until the present day. The style is a less "serious" form of Western classical music, featuring usually shorter orchestral pieces of mood music or concert music. Light music is often grouped with 'Easy Listening". On our station playlist you will hear a mix of instrumental light music and excerpts from traditional forms of classical music.
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Sydney Baynes (1 January 1879 – 9 March 1938) was an English conductor, composer and leader of radio bands.
Sydney Baynes (1879 - 1938) was an English conductor, composer and leader of one of the United Kingdom's most popular radio bands. Born in Sudbury, Suffolk, he gained his first employment as an organist in London and was later the piano accompanist for singers such as Edward Lloyd and Ben Davies. Through this work he became a respected conductor for London theatres including the Adelphi and Drury Lane. He worked for the BBC for many years and formed and conducted his own orchestra between 1928 and 1938 which broadcast and recorded regularly. He died in March 1938 in Willesden, London.
His original compositions are largely in the light music genre. The Destiny Waltz is his most famous piece of work and was one of a series of generic waltzes based on one-word adverbs, such as "Ecstasy", "Loyalty", "Mystery", "Victory" and "Witchery". It was published in 1912 and sold over a million copies. It has remained a light music favourite with many people knowing the tune without necessarily knowing what it is called.
VIDEO: Central Military Band of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
Conductor: Valery Khalilov.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic.