Anderson, Leroy (29th June 1908-18th May 1975)

He is composer, conductor and bandleader born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Swedish parents.  His father was a postal clerk and his mother played the organ in the Swedish Church.  He moved to Boston with his family when he was one year old and he stayed there until later moving to New York in 1936.   He was educated at the Harvard Grammar School followed by Cambridge High and Latin schools, Harvard University, where he studied with Walter Piston and Georges Enesco, and the New England Conservatory.   It was in his various schools that he got his first taste of conducting and composing and his father bought him a trombone so he could play in the front row of the school band.   In 1929 he made his start as a choirmaster and organist as week as being on the faculty at Radcliffe College.  Making regular visits back to his parent's home, he would take the time there to arrange songs from the Broadway shows for the Boston Pops Orchestra.  In 1938 they performed his "Jazz Legato" which was his first composition that was followed by Arthur Fiedler, their conductor, urging him to write more for them.  Performing with his brother through these years in a dance band with his brother, he would regularly play on cruises that sailed to Scandinavia.  At the outbreak of WWII he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a translator and interpreter in the Scandinavian Branch of the Military Intelligence and was promoted to the rank of Captain.  Given the chance to be Military Attache to Sweden after the war he decided that composing was his passion and he left the service in 1945.  The Boston Pops would continue to premiere his new compositions and he became widely recognised as an acclaimed composer worldwide.  He wrote many successful songs which include his No. 1 hit "Blue Tango", the now standard Christmas "Sleigh Ride", "The Typewriter", "The Syncopated Clock", "Bugler's Holiday" and man many more.  Outside his popular songs he wrote the musical Goldilocks and the acclaimed "Irish Suite" and  " Piano Concerto in C".    He died of cancer in 1975 aged 66 but still continuing to be recognised, in 1988 was posthumously inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, in 1995 Yale University opened the Anderson Band Center, and in 2003 Leroy Anderson Square was opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Recordings

 

Belle of the Ball

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

Dallas Wind Symphony / Frederick Fennell - Reference Rec. RR-62CD

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin - RCA 9026 68048-2

 

Blue Tango

Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra/ Anderson - MCA Classics MCAD2-9815

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

Richard Hayman and his Symphony Orchestra - Naxos 8.990011

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin - RCA 68048

 

Bugler's Holiday

Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra - MCA MCAD-9815-A

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 434 376-2

Rochester Pops / Erich Kunzel - Pro-Arte CDD 454

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin - RCA 68048

 

China Doll

Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra/ Anderson - MCA Classics MCAD2-9815

 

Christmas Festival, A,

Black Dyke Mills Band, - Chandos 4541

Boston Pops/John Williams - Philips 416 287  2

Boston Pops-Arthur Fiedler - DG 419 414-2

Boston Pops / Arthur Fiedler - RCA 09026-61685-2

Boston Pops; Tanglewood Festival Chorus / John Williams - Sony SK 48232

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Hayman - Naxos 8.990005

Rochester Pops Orchestra - Classics for Joy CHD 1531

St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra / Robert Hart Baker - Sonari records --- 7 55724 00272 3

 

Clarinet Candy

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin - RCA 68048

 

Fiddle Faddle

Leroy Anderson and his Symphony Orchestra - MCA MCAD2-9815-A

Richard Hayman and his Symphony Pops Orchestra - Naxos 8.990011

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin - RCA 68048-2

 

First Day of Spring, The

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 475 6942

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin - RCA 09026-68048-2

 

Forgotten Dreams

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 434 376-2

Julia Shaw, Harp; Nora Bumanis, Harp - CBC Records MVCD 1103

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin - RCA 09026-68048-2

Utah Symphony Orchestra - Maurice Abravanel; Eugene Foster, Flute - Musical Heritage Society 5179177

 

Girl I left Behind Me, The

The Denver Brass and Colorado Isle of Mull Saint Andrew Pipes and Drums - John Kuzma, Organ - Klavier K-11107

 

Girl in Satin, The

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

 

Horse and Buggy

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin - RCA 68048-2  

 

Irish Suite

Boston Pops Orchestra - Arthur Fiedler - RCA 60746-2-RG

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 434 376-2

Richard Hayman and His Orchestra - Naxos 8.555016

Richard Hayman and his Symphony Orchestra - Naxos 8.990018

 

Jazz Legato

Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra / Anderson - MCA Classics MCAD2 9815

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

St. Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin - RCA 9026 68048-2

 

Jazz Pizzicato

Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra / Anderson - MCA Classics MCAD2 9815

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin - RCA 0 6026 68048 2

 

Last Rose of Summer, The

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Erich Kunzel; John McDermott, tenor; Liz Knowles, fiddle; Silver Arm Celtic Band; Kieran O'Hare, pipes; et al - Telarc CD-80571

 

Minstrel Boy, The

Rochester Pops / Newton Wayland - Pro-Arte CDD-454

 

Penny-Whistle Song

St. Louis Symphony/Leonard Slatkin - RCA 9026 68048-2

 

Phantom Regiment, The

Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra / Anderson - MCA Classics MCAD2 9815

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin - RCA 68048-2

 

Piano Concerto in C major

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Erich Kunzel; Stewart Goodyear, piano - Telarc CD-80112

Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Catharine Wilson, piano / Skitch Henderson - SPY SRCD-1001

 

Pirate Dance from Goldilocks

Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 434 376-2

London Pops Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 434 376-2

 

Plink, Plank, Plunk

Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra / Anderson - MCA Classics MCAD2 9815

Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

Richard Hayman and his Symphony Orchestra - Naxos 8.559125

Richard Hayman and his Symphony Orchestra - Naxos 8.990011

Philharmonia Orchestra - Sir Charles Groves - Denon CO-73534

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin - RCA 9026 68048-2

 

Promenade

Eastman Pops Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

Richard Hayman and Orchestra - Naxos 8.559125

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin - RCA 68048

 

Sandpaper Ballet

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 434 376-2

Rochester Pops / Erich Kunzel - Pro-Arte CDD-454

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin - RCA 0 9026 68048 2

 

Sarabande

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

Eastman-Rochester Pops / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

 

Serenata

Leroy Anderson and his Orchestra - MCA MCAD-9815-B

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laserlight 15 248

Eastman-Rochester Pops / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

Eastman Rochester Pops / Frederick Fennell - Mercury SACD 475 6942

 

Sleigh Ride

The Abbey Road Ensemble - Jonathan Tunick; London Voices; Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Roberto Alagna, tenor; Thomas Hampson, baritone - EMI 56176

Leroy Anderson and his Orchestra - MCA MCAD-9815-B

The Boston Pops Orchestra - John Williams - Sony Classical SK 48232

Boston Pops/Fiedler - DG 419 414 (Carols arranged by Leroy Anderson)

Boston Pops + Chorus/Fiedler - RCA 6428

Boston Pops/Fiedler - Al Hirt, trumpet - RCA 61685

Cincinnati Pops, Mel Torme, Telarc 83315

Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi - BGD 0117

Eakin Piano Trio - Naxos 8554099

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury Living Presence 432 013-2

Richard Hayman and His Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Naxos 8.990006 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Laser Light 15 418

Philadelphia Orchestra + Chorus/Ormandy - RCA 6430

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Richard Hayman - Naxos 8.990013

Rochester Pops Orchestra - Erich Kunzel, Pro Arte 220

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin - RCA 68048

Saint Louis Wind Symphony - Dan Pregrave - ''In the Christmas Mood' EndEnsCmasCD06

Sonos Handbell Ensemble - James Meredith - Apogee WTP 5176

 

Song of Jupiter

Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

 

Song of the Bells

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Richard Hayman - Naxos 8.990013

 

Suite of Carols for Brass Choir

Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra - Decca B0003552-02

 

Suite of Carols for String Orchestra

Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra - Decca B0003552-02

 

Summer Skies

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 475 6942

 

Syncopated Clock, The

Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra - MCA Classics MCAD2-9815-A

Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laserlight 15 248

Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

Richard Hayman and Orchestra - Naxos 8.559125

Rochester Pops / Erich Kunzel - Pro Arte CDD-454

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin - RCA 0 9026 68048 2

Isau Tomita, Synthesizer - RCA Victor Red Seal 5660-2-RC

 

Trumpeter's Lullaby, A

Trumpeter's Lullaby, Leroy Anderson and his Symphony Orchestra - MCA MCAD-9815-B Cologne Radio Orchestra - Pinchas Steinberg - Laser Light 15 248

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra - Frederick Fennell - Mercury 434 376-2

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin - RCA 9026 68048-2

 

Typewriter, The

Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra /Anderson - MCA 9815

Eastman Pops Orchestra / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

Eastman Rochester Pops / Frederick Fennell - Mercury SACD 475 6942

Richard Hayman and Orchestra - Naxos 8.559125

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin - RCA 0 9026 68048 2

 

Waltzing Cat, The

Leroy Anderson and his Orchestra - MCA 9815

Eastman Rochester Pops / Frederick Fennell - Mercury 432 013-2

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra /Slatkin - RCA 09026 68048  2

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.leroy-anderson.com/html/biography.htm
  2. http://www.abslogic.com/LeroyAnderson.htm
  3. http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibit_home_page.asp?exhibitId=203

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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