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LEROY ANDERSON

The world-famous creator of the Christmas standard Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson was the eclectic assimilator of many diverse styles. He is best known as a composer of painstakingly crafted, to-the-point, irrepressibly tuneful original orchestral compositions. Yet a quick glance through his catalogue also reveals an extensive listing of arrangements, as well as some revisions or alternate versions of his own works. Naxos’s complete edition of Anderson’s orchestral works concentrates on these aspects of his output and contains some hitherto unrecorded or unpublished rarities that the Anderson family has released.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1908, Anderson was a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied composition with Walter Piston and George Enescu, and led the Harvard Band for a number of years. He seemed headed for a career in linguistics until a guest spot in 1936 leading the Boston Pops Orchestra in his Harvard Fantasy caught the discerning ear of Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler, who promptly asked Anderson to write some pieces for the orchestra. Anderson was the first composer to sell over a million copies of a purely instrumental work with his Blue Tango (1953). The Syncopated Clock, written seven years earlier, had been his first gold record and US charted hit (it reached No. 11 in 1951 for Anderson’s own Pops Concert Orchestra).

Following a long break during World War II, where he served in the US Army as a translator of Scandinavian languages, Anderson became a regular at the Pops, crafting arrangements of popular music and writing miniature gems of his own. Anderson’s star rose to surprising heights after he was offered a recording contract of his own with Decca Records in 1950, for which he led pick-up orchestras of New York’s finest symphonic musicians in bestselling albums of his own compositions. He turned to Broadway, completing the score for one show, Goldilocks, in 1958 before returning to his métier, the miniature, with one final burst of new published material in 1962. Aside from writing a few unpublished original pieces, Anderson’s remaining years were spent mostly arranging and guest-conducting until his death from lung cancer in 1975.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
The Seasons Naxos 8.504038

View by Role: Classical Composer | Arranger | Conductor
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AIR MOBILITY COMMAND BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Melody Shop (The) Altissimo
75442270212
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ANDERSON, L.: Christmas Festival (A) / Carol Arrangements (Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra) (1952, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80765
Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Classical Juke Box (1947-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120649
Nostalgia, Orchestral, Nostalgia
ANDERSON, L.: Irish Suite / Sandpaper Ballet / Song of the Bells / The Typewriter (Anderson and His Pops Concert Orchestra) (1952-1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80764
Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Favourites Naxos
8.559125
Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music (Steinberg) Capriccio
C10299
Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music -Blue Tango / The Syncopated Clock / Belle of the Ball / Saraband / Sandpaper Ballet (Symphonic Pops) (Steinberg) Capriccio
C71021
Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 - Piano Concerto in C Major / The Golden Years / Fiddle-Faddle Naxos
8.559313
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 - Suite of Carols / A Harvard Festival / Song of Jupiter Naxos
8.559356
Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Sleigh Ride / The Typewriter / Plink, Plank, Plunk! / The Syncopated Clock Naxos
8.559357
Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 - Irish Suite / Scottish Suite / Alma Mater / A Christmas Festival Naxos
8.559381
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 5 – Goldilocks / Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds) Naxos
8.559382
Musicals, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ANDERSON, L.: Sleigh Ride and Other Holiday Favourites (BBC Concert Orchestra, L. Slatkin) Naxos
8.559621
Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral
Band Music (American) - GERSHWIN, G. / COHAN, G.M. / ANDERSON, L. / WARD, S. / HALL, R.B. / SOUSA, J.P. / DURHAN, L. / JACOBS, A. (Strike Up The Band) Altissimo
75442201042
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Cello Music - STROC, O. / SOKOLOV, N. / ANDERSON, L. / PIAZZOLLA, A. / DRABKINE, S. (Rastrelli Cello Quartet, Vol. 1) (Rastrelli Cello Quartet) Solo Musica
SM105
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.570344-45
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION (United States Army Soldiers' Chorus, United States Army Field Band) Altissimo
75442255542
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Naxos
8.555029
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
CHRISTMAS GALA (Dallas Symphony Chorus and Orchestra) Delos
DE3267
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRADITIONS (United States Air Force Singing Sergeants) Altissimo
75442262072
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS I Juletid (Christmas Time) Naxos
8.554802
Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS Julstamning - De klassiska melodierna och de alskade sangerna (Christmas Spirit - The Classic Melodies and Beloved Songs) Naxos
8.503157
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS MUSIC - Happy Holidays from the United States Air Force Band Altissimo
75442263292
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM FINLAND BIS
BIS-CD-947
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS PIANO MUSIC Naxos
8.553461
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS When You Wish Upon a Star Naxos
8.557451
Choral - Secular
GOLDEN AGE OF SALON MUSIC (The) (Schwanen Salon Orchestra, G. Huber) Naxos
8.578003-04
Chamber Music
Hong Kong Children's Choir: Flying Free Marco Polo
8.001
Chinese Music
IRISH RHAPSODY Naxos International
8.990018
Orchestral
IRISH RHAPSODY Naxos
8.555016
Orchestral
JACK-IN-THE-BOX - A Collection of Amusing and Entertaining Works by Classical Composers Naxos
8.570124-25
Orchestral
JOULUN HOHDE Ondine
OCTO412-2
Orchestral
Joy To The World Naxos International
8.990013
Orchestral
Orchestral Music: ANDERSON, L. / PORTER, C. / DOELLE, F. / WINKLER, G. / MANCINI, H. (Invitation a la Danse) (Finnish Radio Symphony, Saul) Ondine
ODE795-2
Orchestral
Orchestral Music: STRAUSS II, J. / BRAHMS, J. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. (Kevein savelin) (Segerstam, Gomez Martinez, Saul, Tikka) Ondine
ODE1077-2
Orchestral
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Orchestral
PERRELLI, Charlotte: RimfrostJul (The Christmas Song) Naxos
8.570730
Vocal
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: PIONEERS OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.559200
Orchestral
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 5 (Albert Schoepper and Dale L. Harpham) Altissimo
75442261982
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Salon Orchestra Favourites, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.555344
Chamber Music
Silent Night Naxos International
8.990006
Orchestral
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON Naxos
8.570395
Orchestral
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON (Big Music for Little Ears) - Children's Music Compilation Naxos
8.503156
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY: Most Wonderful Time (The) Altissimo
75442259952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA: Musical Christmas (A) Altissimo
75442260792
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN GATE: Good Ol' Days (The) Altissimo
75442270532
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Holiday Fantasies Altissimo
75442260372
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND STROLLING STRINGS: Strolling Strings 50th Anniversary (The) Altissimo
75442261172
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: On Wings of Song Altissimo
75442260582
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND AND SINGING SERGEANTS: Make the Season Bright Altissimo
75442260522
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE STRINGS: International Mosaic Altissimo
75442263062
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND AND CHORUS: Sound the Bells (A Holiday Celebration) Altissimo
75442262182
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND: Let There Be Peace On Earth Altissimo
75442260762
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Holiday Fanfare American Patriotic Classics
75442280022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND: Holiday Fanfare Altissimo
75442270772
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES MARINE DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS: Esprit Altissimo
75442261162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Happy Holidays! Altissimo
75442270622
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Waltzing Cat Naxos International
8.990011
Orchestral
WEST POINT HELLCATS: Day in the Life of the West Point Hellcats (A) Altissimo
75442272072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Wind Band Music - SMITH, C.T. / REED, A. / HOLST, G. / SPARKE, P. / BROUGHTON, B. (In the World of Spirits) (Emory Symphonic Winds, S.A. Stewart) Naxos
8.573002
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WINTER Naxos
8.557726
Orchestral

Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANDERSON, L.: Christmas Festival (A) / Carol Arrangements (Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra) (1952, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80765
Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Sleigh Ride / The Typewriter / Plink, Plank, Plunk! / The Syncopated Clock Naxos
8.559357
Musicals
ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 - Irish Suite / Scottish Suite / Alma Mater / A Christmas Festival Naxos
8.559381
Orchestral
BERLIN: Annie Get Your Gun (Original Broadway Cast) (1946) / (Original Film) (1950) Naxos
8.120790
Musicals
LANE: Finian's Rainbow / LOEWE: Brigadoon (Original Broadway Cast) (1947) Naxos
8.120791
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto / Encores (Milstein) (1949-53) Naxos Historical
8.111259
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND AND SINGING SERGEANTS: Joy To The World Altissimo
75442260272
Choral - Sacred

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANDERSON, L.: Christmas Festival (A) / Carol Arrangements (Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra) (1952, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80765
Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ANDERSON, L.: Irish Suite / Sandpaper Ballet / Song of the Bells / The Typewriter (Anderson and His Pops Concert Orchestra) (1952-1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80764
Orchestral
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia





 
 
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