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Smokey Mountains Concerto, The

(Richard Addinsell)

This concert piece written by Richard Addinsell possibly for the American pianist, Leo Litwin, who was a champion of Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, and has never been linked to a cinema or theatre production.  It is derived from American folksong influences and was recorded in a solo piano version not long after it was written in 1950.  It consists of three movements:

(i)                First movement

(ii)               Valley Song

(iii)              Old Joe Clark

The first movement is symphonic and is said to mimic Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the second movement has a faint blues-type melody, and the third movement opens with a violin and banjo duet in a hillbilly style.

BBC Concert Orchestra recordings
Marco Polo 8.223732 (CD: Richard Addinsell: Goodbye Mr. Chips/A Tale of Two Cities)
Conductor – Kenneth Alwyn
Piano – Philip Martin