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Jazz Pizzicato

(Leroy Anderson)

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