Leroy Anderson: A Bio-bibliography

Hardcover | October 31, 2004

byBurgess Speed

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In his compositions, Leroy Anderson defied the nature of typical orchestral music. His artful combination of a light, pop sound and masterful orchestration into short musical pieces has captivated audiences for years. Young and old, non-musicians and musicians alike have gravitated toward his sound. However, because of the unique nature of his work, Anderson is often overlooked in the study of American music. For the first time, an entire volume has been dedicated to the life and works of Leroy Anderson. This bio-bibliography provides a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in Anderson's unique brand of American orchestral music. A short biography introduces the reader to background information on the composer himself and on his more famous pieces. This is followed by a complete, categorized listing of Anderson's works, a discography, a bibliography of articles written by and about Anderson, and a list of arrangements of his work by Anderson and others. Ten separate appendices at the end of the work ensure ease of navigation and cross-referencing for the reader.

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In his compositions, Leroy Anderson defied the nature of typical orchestral music. His artful combination of a light, pop sound and masterful orchestration into short musical pieces has captivated audiences for years. Young and old, non-musicians and musicians alike have gravitated toward his sound. However, because of the unique natur...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:446 pages, 9.28 × 6.46 × 1.51 inPublished:October 31, 2004Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313321760

ISBN - 13:9780313321764

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"I have always admired Leroy Anderson's ability to create light concert music that is impeccably well-crafted at the same time that it leaves listeners humming the melody long after a concert. Anderson is respected by musicians just as he is loved by audiences, and yet so little is known about the man who made such an enormous contribution to 20th-century American Music. This fine book tells the story of this inventive composer's life, while bringing together detailed information of his compositions, arrangements and recordings. Its publication is long overdue."-Keith Lockhart, Conductor Boston Pops and Music Director, Utah Symphony