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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DU 810 Leroy Anderson - Leroy Anderson Conducts His Own Compositions, Vol. I album art Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Conducts His Own Compositions, Vol. I (Album) Decca DU 810 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1093 / LM(x)1093 / LM (x)-1093 Leroy Anderson - Rossini-Britten  Matinees Musicales  Anderson-Irish Suite album art 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 LM-1093 / LM(x)1093 / LM (x)-1093 US 1950 Sell This Version
WDM 1348 Leroy Anderson - Irish Night At The "Pops"- Irish Suite album art Boston Pops*, Arthur Fiedler, Leroy Anderson Boston Pops*, Arthur Fiedler, Leroy Anderson - Irish Night At The "Pops"- Irish Suite(3x7", Album, Mono + Box) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1348 US 1952 Sell This Version
1848 Leroy Anderson - Leroy Anderson Hits album art Leroy Anderson, Royale Concert Orchestra Leroy Anderson, Royale Concert Orchestra - Leroy Anderson Hits Royale 1848 US 1954 Sell This Version
1848 Leroy Anderson - Leroy Anderson Hits album art Leroy Anderson, Royale Concert Orchestra Leroy Anderson, Royale Concert Orchestra - Leroy Anderson Hits(10", Mono, Gre) Royale 1848 US 1954 Sell This Version
SR90009 Leroy Anderson - The Music Of Leroy Anderson Vol. 1 album art 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
MG50130, MG 50130 Leroy Anderson - The Music Of Leroy Anderson album art Leroy Anderson : Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra* Leroy Anderson : Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra* - The Music Of Leroy Anderson(LP, Mono) Mercury, Mercury MG50130, MG 50130 US 1958 Sell This Version
DL 78865 Leroy Anderson - Leroy Anderson Conducts Leroy Anderson album art Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Conducts Leroy Anderson (Album, Comp) Decca DL 78865 US 1959 Sell This Version
SLP 1061 Leroy Anderson - Leroy Anderson In Latin America album art Leroy Anderson, Marco Rizo Leroy Anderson, Marco Rizo - Leroy Anderson In Latin America(LP, Album) Tico Records SLP 1061 US 1959 Sell This Version
DL 8954 Leroy Anderson - Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music album art Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music (Album) Decca DL 8954 US 1960 Sell This Version
LM 2638 Leroy Anderson - Fiddle-Faddle and Other Leroy Anderson Favorites album art Arthur Fiedler, Leroy Anderson Arthur Fiedler, Leroy Anderson - Fiddle-Faddle and Other Leroy Anderson Favorites(LP) RCA Victor LM 2638 US 1962 Sell This Version
STA 8524 Leroy Anderson - The New Music Of Leroy Anderson  album art Leroy Anderson The New Music Of Leroy Anderson (LP, Album) Brunswick STA 8524 UK 1962 Sell This Version
SOC 930 Leroy Anderson - Blue Tango And Other Favourites album art Leroy Anderson Blue Tango And Other Favourites (Album) Society SOC 930 UK 1963 Sell This Version
PFS 4059 Leroy Anderson - Werner Muller Plays Leroy Anderson album art Werner Müller Plays Leroy Anderson Werner Müller Plays Leroy Anderson - Werner Muller Plays Leroy Anderson (Album) Decca PFS 4059 UK 1964 Sell This Version
SR90400 Leroy Anderson - The Music of Leroy Anderson Volume 3 album art Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell - The Music of Leroy Anderson Volume 3 (Album) Mercury Living Presence, Mercury SR90400 US 1965 Sell This Version
AH 118 Leroy Anderson - The Music Of Leroy Anderson album art Leroy Anderson The Music Of Leroy Anderson(LP, Mono) Ace Of Hearts AH 118 UK 1966 Sell This Version
RVC-2088 Leroy Anderson - Fantasy / Blue Tango album art The Pops Symphonic*, Leroy Anderson The Pops Symphonic*, Leroy Anderson - Fantasy / Blue Tango(LP) RCA Red Seal RVC-2088 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
VAN D 10016, VAN 10016 Leroy Anderson - Fiddle Faddle And 14 Other Anderson Favorites album art 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 1979 Sell This Version
NL 45125 Leroy Anderson - When Music Smiles - The Merry World Of Leroy Anderson  album art Leroy Anderson, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler Leroy Anderson, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler - When Music Smiles - The Merry World Of Leroy Anderson (LP, Promo) RCA NL 45125 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
CDD 264 Leroy Anderson - Syncopated Clock (And Other Favorites By Leroy Anderson) album art 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
PCD 454 Leroy Anderson - Leroy Anderson's Greatest Hits album art Leroy Anderson Leroy Anderson's Greatest Hits(Cass) Pro-Arte Digital PCD 454 US 1989 Sell This Version
8.990011 Leroy Anderson - Waltzing Cat (The Music Of Leroy Anderson) album art Leroy Anderson, Richard Hayman And His Symphony Orchestra Leroy Anderson, Richard Hayman And His Symphony Orchestra - Waltzing Cat (The Music Of Leroy Anderson)(CD) Naxos International 8.990011 USA & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
12 490 Leroy Anderson - Blue Tango And Other Symphonic Pops album art Leroy Anderson Blue Tango And Other Symphonic Pops(CD) LaserLight Digital 12 490 US 1995 Sell This Version
CMF 052 Leroy Anderson - Ouvertures Célèbres Il album art 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
514313T Leroy Anderson - The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites album art 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