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However, enough is perhaps enough and it would surely be sensible to make this one the last. These Garlands have so far alluded to British Light music composers and this final one will add a few more. He showed precocious talent at an early age and then studied piano, composition and trombone at the Royal Academy. He is perhaps better known as an arranger rather than as a composer.

To list all his transcriptions and arrangements, whether for brass, orchestra, military band or voices would need a book. Like Langford and many others his arrangements for brass band are legion. We move away from the brass band world and back in time to consider the Yorkshire pianist Samuel Liddle Born in Leeds and sometime organist there early in life, he studied with Stanford at the Royal College.

As he worked for many years as a pianist to concert parties which included singers like Clara Butt, Ada Crossley and Plunket Greene and the cellist W. Squire among many other names it is hardly surprising that his compositions apart from an Elegy for cello and piano, possibly for Squire consisted of songs of the ballad type. Liddle appeared in Doncaster four times with various concert partied, in , , and The light music figures Jack Byfield and Frederick Bye, appear very closely in any alphabetical listing.

Such closeness extends to other, purely musical matters as well. Both, like Langford and Sparke, were better-known as arrangers than as composers and the music of both was at one time heard frequently on the BBC.

Byfield was a pianist, associated not only with broadcasting ensembles, but also with those at the seaside, notably Scarborough. His works include A Nocturne and countless arrangements, not always recognisable as such by their titles, for example Song of the Green Valley, which is a version of the Welsh tune Watching the Wheat, and A Cornish Pastiche, which incorporates the Helston Furry, or Floral Dance. Many conductors and directors of light orchestras at the seaside, in London theatres and restaurants and on the BBC also composed as well as arranging music, copiously.

We have noticed some of these in previous Garlands and more appear in " Some British Composer-Conductors ". Here is another Fred Alexander , violinist and director of various orchestras. Alexander use the pseudonym "Allessandro" for his orchestral genre compositions, of which perhaps the most popular was Sarda. We conclude with two composers known for their film and TV music. Then, finally, we have Howard Goodall, born in , who studied at Christ Church, Oxford and whose roll of compositions includes choral music and operas, including a version of Silas Marner He has also written lighter music for the stage, notably The Hired Man in collaboration with Melvyn Bragg, which was a modest success financially and won a Ivor Novello Award.

Later Goodall forays in the same field were Girlfriends and Days of Hope As I have said on many occasions recently: films and TV provide most of the main outlets currently for what may be reckoned as light music.

But as one of the main providers of television it is still encouraging the composition of light music, possibly without realising it. This is not to say that it should not do more for classic light music than it does at present, for there is a considerable body of evidence that this is enjoyed by a substantial population of the listening public when it has the opportunity.

One can also point the finger at concert promoters, too, for their compartmentalisation in recent years. At one time light music and popular classics happily took their place beside symphonies, concerts and other serious pieces but much less so nowadays even in the Proms which began a century ago as a light music institution of course, but they are run by the BBC and this brings the argument full circle.


Samuel Liddle



How lovely are thy dwellings, sacred song in E flat [with piano] Words from Psalm LXXXIV.



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