Leroy Anderson

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Leroy Anderson
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American composer of short, light concert pieces (June 29, 1908, Cambridge, MA – May 18, 1975, Woodbury, CT).

Anderson was born to Swedish immigrants in Massachusetts, where he studied piano at the New England Conservatory of Music and, in 1925, he entered Harvard University. At Harvard he studied theory with Walter Spalding, counterpoint with Edward Ballantine, harmony with George Enescu, composition with Walter Piston and Doublebass with Gaston Dufresne. He also studied organ with Henry Gideon.

Anderson continued his graduate studies at Harvard, and became the Director of the Harvard University Band. He wrote a number of catchy arrangements that eventually caught the ear of Arthur Fiedler. He made his first arrangement for Fiedler in 1936, and in 1938, The Boston Pops Orchestra performed his piece, Jazz Pizzicato. At Fielder's request, Anderson wrote the companion, Jazz Legato, in 1939.

In 1942 Leroy Anderson joined the U.S. Army. During his time in the armed forces, he wrote The Synocpated Clock and Promenade. In 1951, he was recalled for active duty for Korean War, and wrote his first hit Blue Tango. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Anderson wrote many more of his "miniature" pieces, most of which were first performed and recorded by Arthur Fiedler And The Boston Pops. His pieces, including Sleigh Ride, The Typewriter, Bugler's Holiday, and A Trumpeter's Lullaby are still performed by orchestras and bands ranging from school groups to professional organizations.

For his contribution to the recording industry, Leroy Anderson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1620 Vine Street. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1995 the Harvard University Band's new headquarters was named the Anderson Band Center in honor of Leroy Anderson.
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LM-1093, LM(x)1093, LM (x)-1093 Rossini-Britten  Matinees Musicales  Anderson-Irish Suite — Leroy Anderson Benjamin Britten, Leroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler Benjamin Britten, Leroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler - Rossini-Britten Matinees Musicales Anderson-Irish Suite RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1093, LM(x)1093, LM (x)-1093 US 1950 Sell This Version
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DU 810 Leroy Anderson Conducts His Own Compositions, Vol. I — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Conducts His Own Compositions, Vol. I (Album) Decca DU 810 US 1951 Sell This Version
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WDM 1348 Irish Suite — Leroy Anderson Boston Pops*, Arthur Fiedler, Leroy Anderson Boston Pops*, Arthur Fiedler, Leroy Anderson - Irish Suite (Album, Single) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1348 US 1952 Sell This Version
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1848 Leroy Anderson Hits — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson, Royale Concert Orchestra Leroy Anderson, Royale Concert Orchestra - Leroy Anderson Hits Royale 1848 US 1954 Sell This Version
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SR90009 The Music Of Leroy Anderson Vol. 1 — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra* Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra* - The Music Of Leroy Anderson Vol. 1 (Album) Mercury Living Presence, Mercury SR90009 US 1958 Sell This Version
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SLP 1061 Leroy Anderson In Latin America — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson, Marco Rizo Leroy Anderson, Marco Rizo - Leroy Anderson In Latin America (Album) Tico Records SLP 1061 US 1959 Sell This Version
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SR 90043, SR-90043 Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 2 — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson / Frederick Fennell Conducting Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra* Leroy Anderson / Frederick Fennell Conducting Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra* - Music Of Leroy Anderson, Vol. 2 (Album) Mercury, Mercury SR 90043, SR-90043 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
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DL 78865 Leroy Anderson Conducts Leroy Anderson — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Conducts Leroy Anderson (Album, Comp) Decca DL 78865 US 1959 Sell This Version
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3L16241 Caja De Musica Clasica. Los Comicos Op.26 — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson / Kabalevsky* - Arthur Fiedler Conducting Orquesta Boston Pops* Leroy Anderson / Kabalevsky* - Arthur Fiedler Conducting Orquesta Boston Pops* - Caja De Musica Clasica. Los Comicos Op.26(LP, Album, Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal 3L16241 Spain 1959 Sell This Version
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DL 8954 Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music (Album) Decca DL 8954 US 1960 Sell This Version
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STA 8524 The New Music Of Leroy Anderson  — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson The New Music Of Leroy Anderson (LP, Album) Brunswick STA 8524 UK 1962 Sell This Version
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SOC 930 Blue Tango And Other Favourites — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Blue Tango And Other Favourites (Album) Society SOC 930 UK 1963 Sell This Version
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PFS 4059 Werner Muller Plays Leroy Anderson — Leroy Anderson Werner Müller Plays Leroy Anderson Werner Müller Plays Leroy Anderson - Werner Muller Plays Leroy Anderson (Album) Decca PFS 4059 UK 1964 Sell This Version
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387 The Music of Leroy Anderson Volume 3 — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell Y Su Orquesta* Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell Y Su Orquesta* - The Music of Leroy Anderson Volume 3 (Album) Mercury Living Presence, Mercury 387 Venezuela 1965 Sell This Version
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AH 118 The Music Of Leroy Anderson — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson The Music Of Leroy Anderson(LP, Mono) Ace Of Hearts AH 118 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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VAN D 10016, VAN 10016 Fiddle Faddle And 14 Other Anderson Favorites — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel* Leroy Anderson, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel* - Fiddle Faddle And 14 Other Anderson Favorites(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album, RE, Dol) Vanguard, Vanguard VAN D 10016, VAN 10016 US 1977 Sell This Version
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MCA 531, MCA-531 Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music(LP, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA 531, MCA-531 US 1980 Sell This Version
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CDD 264 Syncopated Clock (And Other Favorites By Leroy Anderson) — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson, Erich Kunzel, Rochester Pops* Leroy Anderson, Erich Kunzel, Rochester Pops* - Syncopated Clock (And Other Favorites By Leroy Anderson)(CD, Album) Pro-Arte Digital CDD 264 US 1986 Sell This Version
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10 299 Blue Tango - Symphonic Pops By Leroy Anderson — Leroy Anderson Anderson*, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Pinchas Steinberg Anderson*, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Pinchas Steinberg - Blue Tango - Symphonic Pops By Leroy Anderson (Album) Capriccio (2) 10 299 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
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8.990011 Waltzing Cat (The Music Of Leroy Anderson) — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson, Richard Hayman And His Symphony Orchestra Leroy Anderson, Richard Hayman And His Symphony Orchestra - Waltzing Cat (The Music Of Leroy Anderson) (Album) Naxos International 8.990011 USA & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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SK 48222 Goldilocks (Original Broadway Cast) — Leroy Anderson Don Ameche, Elaine Stritch, Russell Nype, Pat Stanley - Leroy Anderson Don Ameche, Elaine Stritch, Russell Nype, Pat Stanley - Leroy Anderson - Goldilocks (Original Broadway Cast)(CD, Album, RE) Sony Broadway SK 48222 US 1992 Sell This Version
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514313T The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin Leroy Anderson -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin - The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites(CD, Album, RE) Musical Heritage Society 514313T US 1996 Sell This Version
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CMF 052 Ouvertures Célèbres Il — Leroy Anderson Humperdinck* - Rossini* - Verdi* - Cherubini* - Adam* - Suppé* - Nicolai* - Jary* - Anderson* Humperdinck* - Rossini* - Verdi* - Cherubini* - Adam* - Suppé* - Nicolai* - Jary* - Anderson* - Ouvertures Célèbres Il e.f.s.a. CMF 052 France 1996 Sell This Version
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8.553461 Christmas Piano Music — Leroy Anderson Eteri Andjaparidze, Liszt*, Bach*, Tchaikovsky*, Lyapunov*, Reger*, Rebikov*, Anderson* Eteri Andjaparidze, Liszt*, Bach*, Tchaikovsky*, Lyapunov*, Reger*, Rebikov*, Anderson* - Christmas Piano Music(CD, Album) Naxos 8.553461 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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CD9002 Famous Composers — Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson / Victor Herbert Performed By The London Philharmonic Orchestra Leroy Anderson / Victor Herbert Performed By The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Famous Composers(CD, RM) PPI Entertainment CD9002 US 1997 Sell This Version