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Jazz Legato

(Leroy Anderson)

Composed in 1939 by Leroy Anderson as a follow-up piece to “Jazz Pizzicato”, this piece was a commission by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.  The two pieces together were written so that they would fit onto one side of a 78rm record and represent two of Leroy Anderson’s earliest original compositions.  Lasting approximately 2 minutes, the work is written for string orchestra with the legato style being played by a bow and after this piece was submitted to the orchestra Leroy Anderson became a permanent orchestrator and arranger.

Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra recordings
MCA Classics MCAD2 9815 (CD: The Leroy Anderson Collection)
Conductor – Leroy Anderson

Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra recordings
Mercury 432 013-2 (CD: The Music of Leroy Anderson)
Conductor – Frederick Fennell

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