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The Leroy Anderson Song
Leroy Anderson is the classical counterpart to Raymond Scott: innovative and skilled composers destined to remembered as creators of musical novelties. His most-recorded pieces are, for the most part, rather like musical cartoons: facsimiles of the real thing, but suspended in an unreal dimension. "The Waltzing Cat" sounds like a cat, but only enough so we can hear the joke--not so much as to ruin the enjoyment of the piece as music.
Blue Tango 1950Blue Tango is an novelty among Anderson's novelties: a simple, lovely tune with no gimmick. It uses the traditional Argentine tango rhythm but without the melodramatic flash of authentic tangos. As a popular song written specifically for a string orchestra, it was naturally picked up and covered by Mantovani, Kostelanetz, and all their counterparts. Anderson's own recording with a studio orchestra for Decca was a #1 hit in 1951.
Other Leroy Anderson songs
Arthur Fiedler was Anderson's greatest champion, and his compilation of Anderson's greatest hits recorded with the Boston Pops is the easiest to find and still in print in CD. Anderson's own recordings for Decca are also fairly common items in thrift stores.
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