Saturday, December 08, 2012

Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops
"Leroy Anderson: The Music of... vol. 1" (Vinyl)

Leroy Anderson, best known for the holiday hit "Sleigh Ride" (and it's equestrian influences) is probably still the best known example of American light program music.

An arranger for Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops, he also composed his own breezy classical fare which is often as much fun to play as it is listen to.

This album contains his hit "Sleigh Ride" as well as "Bugler's Holiday" but begins with a rather obnoxiously endearing number known as the "Sandpaper Ballet" which sounds like a soft shoe dance with a wire brush.

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