Saanisõit - Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish, arr. Michael Edwards, Estonian translation: Heldur Karmo
Video: Sleigh Ride in Estonian:
The Estonian male choir "Topelt Hellad Kellad" sings Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish in this recording made on 18 December 2021. The Michael Edwards choral arrangement was translated into Estonian by Heldur Karmo. The Viljandi (Estonia) male choir Sakala ensemble has been singing together over 15 years. Director Liisi Toomsalu has arranged this version of Sleigh Ride along with numerous Estonian folk songs for performances by the choir on TV, Tallink cruise ships and at the Viljandi Folk Festival.
These two compositions mark the transition of Leroy Anderson as being known solely as an arranger to becoming known as a composer. Jazz Pizzicato and Jazz Legato became immediately popular through performances by orchestras around the country.
"Yale Medley" (1935)
Arranged by Leroy Anderson
Video: "Harvard University Band" Thomas G. Everett, conductor
Recorded April 24, 1984 at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Leroy Anderson composed the "Concerto in C for Piano and orchestra" in 1953 in Woodbury, Connecticut. The family of Leroy Anderson commissioned Yulia Fedorov to make an arrangement for solo piano of the 2nd movement "Andante" from the "Concerto in C for Piano and Orchestra". Yulia Fedorov's arrangement was first performed during a recording at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on August 19, 2020.
// "As I studied the score of Leroy Anderson's Concerto in C, the second movement, 'Andante', quickly became my favorite. It resonated with many other romantic classical pieces that I love playing. It reminded me of music by Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. But along with its romantic lyricism, long phrases, sincere and breathtaking openness, there is a special, Leroy Anderson signature.
Leroy Anderson composed "Arietta" in 1962 in Woodbury, Connecticut. The main melody first materialized as a brief eight-measure sketch for viola and cello, intended for Leroy Anderson's daughter Jane on viola and himself on cello. Anderson later decided to expand the melody into a composition for string orchestra. Leroy Anderson is known for his polished orchestrations of descriptive compositions, characterized as romantic or nostalgic in theme. "Arietta" stands in contrast as an elegant, cool and somewhat abstract piece.
// ""...the string part of the orchestra and string orchestra editions are identical, since the music is complete with strings alone. Wind parts of the orchestra editions double the strings for added color and may be used as available."
- Leroy Anderson, 1962
Joseph Darcourt performs "Arietta" as a solo cello piece in this recording at the Leroy Anderson House in Woodbury, Connecticut on October 12, 2020.
Royal Northern Sinfonia Royal Northern Sinfonia are performing Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" as part of their "Sage Gateshead Christmas Cracker", conducted by Timothy Burke. This is a one-off Christmas concert featuring some of northeast England's favourite musicians performing original songs and festive favourites. As the venue is currently closed this will be a filmed event, and will be available on their YouTube channel. The concert will be free to view, and will be available from Friday 18 December 2020. For more information about Royal Northern Sinfonia, visit: www.sagegateshead.com
The University Chorale of Boston College and the Boston College Symphony Orchestra are proud to present our Christmas Off The Heights concert, featuring virtual performances by this year's Chorale and Orchestra as well as recordings from past concerts! We invite you to join us on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm EST to help us spread Christmas cheer with an evening of beautiful music! Click here to view the Concert Program