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Belle of the Ball

(Leroy Anderson)

This song was written in 1951 after Leroy Anderson and his family had moved to Woodbury, Connecticut.   Leroy Anderson conducted the piece at its premiere, which was during the recording he made for Decca.  The “Belle” in the title is actually a double entendre as there is a bell played in the orchestra during the song.

Cologne Radio Orchestra recordings
Laser Light 15 248 (CD: Symphonic Pops/Blue Tango)
Conductor – Pinchas Steinberg

Dallas Wind Symphony recordings
Reference Rec. RR-62CD (CD: Beachcomber: Encores for Band)
Conductor –  Frederick Fennell

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
RCA 9026 68048-2 (CD: The Typewriter)
Conductor – Leonard Slatkin
Piano – Barbara Lieberman


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