Music

Alma Mater
1954 - Four short humorous scenes describing life at Harvard University.
Arietta
1962 - A charming melody in classical two-part form, this was originally conceived as a duet for cello and viola.
Baladette
1962 - A simple lyrical melody combined with a chromatic repeating counter melody.
Belle of the Ball
1951 - A brilliant fast waltz which recreates the atmosphere of the Viennese grand ballroom.
Blue Tango
1951 - A Latin beat combined with blues figures and a lovely melody made Anderson's recording the #1 best seller of 1952.
Bluebells of Scotland
1954 - This familiar folk melody takes on new freshness through the use of tonal color, and humor in Anderson's remarkable arranging skills.
Buglers Holiday
1954 - Three military buglers kick up their heels, having a good time and playing in anything but strict regulation style.
The Captains and the Kings
1962 - Suggested by a Kipling poem, this march shifts from 2/4 to 3/4, underscoring the uncertain fate of captains and kings.
Chicken Reel
1946 - A traditional American dance tune developed into a brilliant concert piece with touches of humor and unexpected rhythmical variations which are hallmarks of Anderson's musical style.
China Doll
1951 - China Doll, as the title suggests, has a delicate, fragile melody, first played by the oboe, then by the entire orchestra.
A Christmas Festival
1950 - A concert overture built upon traditional Christmas songs, beginning with Joy to the World and ending with Jingle Bells and O Come All Ye Faithful. This is the original full-length version as recorded by the Boston Pops.
Clarinet Candy
1962 - A brilliant showpiece for four clarinets in the spirit of Bugler's Holiday.
Classical Jukebox
1950 - Based on the 50's hit, Music! Music! Music!, this jukebox plays famous classical pieces, with a section that features a stuck needle that plays a phrase over and over. First performed and recorded by the Boston Pops.
Concerto in C for Piano
1953 - Withdrawn by the composer and released posthumously, the piano concerto is an interesting and very accessible work with a distinctly American and Leroy Anderson flavor.
Fiddle Faddle
1947 - Anderson first chose the title and then wrote for strings a modern "perpetual motion" piece.
First Day of Spring
1954 - A sweeping melody with lush strings and a pastoral oboe.
Forgotten Dreams
1954 - This piece has always been the favorite Anderson piece in England. Anderson plays the solo piano part.
Girl in Satin
1953 - A lovely, languorous melody in tango rhythm.
The Golden Years
1962 - Warm romanticism with a triumphant melody.
Goldilocks - I Never Know When
1962 - This is a timeless treatment of the evergreen "torch"song.
Goldilocks - Lady in Waiting Ballet Music
1959 - Based on a charming ballet sequence in the show.
Goldilocks - Pyramid Dance
1960 - A brilliant finale which satirized the making of silent movies. This is also published for band with optional chorus.
Goldilocks - Shall I Take My Heart
1962 - Another lovely melody by Anderson.
Goldilocks - Town House Maxixe
1962 - Anderson's version of the maxixe, an ancestor of the samba, and popular around 1912.
The Irish Suite - The Irish Washerwoman
1947 - A picturesque orchestral setting of Irish folk music, consisting of six movements. The first movement, "The Irish Washerwoman," is a double jig, the sprightliest of dances, and is enhanced with a brilliant and infectious orchestral setting.
The Irish Suite - The Minstrel Boy
1947 - With somber orchestral coloring, this is a slow march over a basso ostinato. Distant trumpets and drums punctuate the melody.
The Irish Suite - The Rakes of Mallow
1947 - Evokes the carousing and rioting of the young bloods of Mallow.
The Irish Suite - The Wearing of the Green
1949 - Treated as a scherzo alternating between strings, woodwinds and brass.
The Irish Suite - The Last Rose of Summer
1947- A solo violin is featured. The background is provided by strings and harp, reinforced only by horns and trombones.
The Irish Suite - The Girl I Left Behind Me
1949 - A haunting song with an ingenious contrapuntal effect near the end.
Jazz Legato
1938 - Played with the bow in legato style, this was written as a companion piece for Jazz Pizzicato. Together the two were just long enough to fill one side of a three-minute 78 r.p.m. record.
Jazz Pizzicato
1938 - A study in jazz rhythms played pizzicato by the strings, this was Anderson's first composition and an immediate hit.
Lullaby of the Drums
1970 - Posthumously published, this features timpani, snare and bongo drums in a somnolent mood.
March of the Two Left Feet
1970 - Posthumously published. The idea for writing a "clumsy" march came to Anderson after he read a story with this title by P.G. Wodehouse.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
1947 - A humorous, winning arrangement first played and recorded by the Boston Pops.
The Penny-Whistle Song
1951 - Three flutes are featured. This merry song speaks - and sings - for itself!
The Phantom Regiment
1951 - A nameless body of soldiers approaches from the distance to the sound of trumpets. As they draw nearer the music grows louder and louder, and finally they march away into the distance.
Plink, Plank Plunk!
1951 - The string section plays pizzicato throughout this entire piece. This was the theme for the televised game show, "I've Got a Secret," for twenty-four years.
Promenade
1945 - Contrasts a brisk walking theme, first heard on solo trumpet, with a flowing middle theme carried by the strings.
Sandpaper Ballet
1954 - Recreates the old days of vaudeville when soft-shoe dancers spread sand on stage. Three grades of sandpaper are used.
Saraband
1948 - The 18th century sarabande dance is updated with the flavor of a foxtrot in this combination of past and present.
Serenata
1947 - The melodic and harmonic material shift in texture, key and mode, as an infectious Latin rhythm is played throughout. This has entered the jazz repertoire, being adapted by both vocalists and instrumentalists.
Sleigh Ride
1948 - The Christmas classic was composed during a July heat wave while Anderson lived in Woodbury, Connecticut. Words were added by Mitchell Parish in 1950, who also added words to six other Anderson works after they became popular.
Song of Jupiter
1951 - The aria "Where'er You Walk", from Handel's oratorio "Semele", has been transcribed preserving the style and character of Handel's music.
Song of the Bells
1951 - The middle section of this waltz contains something rarely heard: a duet between chimes and bells. The flowing musical themes show why Anderson has been called one of our greatest melodists.
Suite of Carols for Brass Choir
1955 - Selections: While by my Sheep; In Dulci Jubilo: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming: I Saw Three Ships: From Heaven High I Come to You; We Three Kings of Orient are; March of the Kings.
Suite of Carols for String Orchestra
1955 - Anderson carefully chose six carols and gave them rich, typically Anderson string writing. Selections: Pastores a Belen; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella; Away in a Manger; Wassail Song.
Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble
1955 - Selections: Angels in Our Fields; O Sanctissima; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; O Come Little Children: Coventry Carol; Patapan.
Summer Skies
1953 - An unabashed romance, the chromatic nature of the tune notwithstanding, this conveys a strong nostalgic urge, a relaxed happiness.
The Syncopated Clock
1945 - Written while Anderson was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. This piece was the theme music for "The Late Show" on WCBS-TV for over 25 years.
Ticonderoga March
1945 - Leroy Anderson's only work written for concert band.
A Trumpeter's Lullaby
1949 - Written at the request of Roger Voisin, then principal trumpet of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He asked for a trumpet work that wasn't the usual loud trumpet piece. In this recording Harry Freistadt plays the trumpet solo.
The Typewriter
1950 - A famous piece in which an actual typewriter is the solo "instrument", this continues to be used as a theme on radio, usually for news broadcasts.
The Waltzing Cat
1950 - Anderson has described an imaginary animal that might be the brother of Puss in Boots. Like a stately cavalier, this feline gentleman dances to a graceful melody constructed on the strings playing the meowing of a cat.

Last updated October 11 2010