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Forgotten Dreams

(Leroy Anderson)

Written in Woodbury, Connecticut, this piece was published in 1954 and premiered by Leroy Anderson in his recording for Decca.

Said to be his most popular song in England, it entered the UK chart in 1957 and appeared three times that year reaching the positions of No. 28, No. 30 and No.24 respectively.

Described as “melancholy and slow paced” with a “sentimental and sweet” main theme, it has been recorded as an instrumental and vocal piece, with the lyrics written by Mitchell Parish.

Cologne Radio Orchestra recordings
Laser Light 15 248
Conductor – Pinchas Steinberg

Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra recordings
Mercury 434 376-2
Conductor – Frederick Fennell

Julia Shaw recordings
CBC Records MVCD 1103
Harp – Julia Shaw
Harp – Nora Bumanis

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra recordings
RCA 09026-68048-2
Conductor – Leonard Slatkin

Utah Symphony Orchestra recordings
Silverline 284 204 (CD: Fiddle Faddle)
Conductor  – Maurice Abravanel
Flute – Eugene Foster


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