This piece for string orchestra was written by Leroy Anderson in 1938, and commissioned by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Its immediate popularity spawned the follow-up “Jazz Legato” and after they had both been performed to great success, Leroy Anderson became a permanent member of the Boston Pops as an orchestrator and arranger. Strings in pizzicato style using a jazz rhythmic base perform the music of this first original published composition by Leroy Anderson and it was arranged for a full orchestra in 1948.
Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra recordings
MCA Classics MCAD2 9815 (CD: The Leroy Anderson Collection)
Conductor – Leroy Anderson
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra recordings
RCA 0 6026 68048 2 (CD: The Typewriter)
Conductor – Leonard Slatkin