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Leroy Anderson

g, 1908-1975 US, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Composer of Classical and Pop

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 . 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.

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Classical
  • Pop
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Sleigh Ride on Last Christmas by Various Artists
Blue Tango on The Leroy Anderson Collection by Leroy Anderson
The Typewriter on Frederick Fennell Conducts The Music Of Leroy Anderson by Leroy Anderson, Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra & Frederick Fennell
Blue Tango on Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson & Richard Hayman
The Waltzing Cat on The Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson, Simon Tedeschi, Paul Mann & Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
The Typewriter on Anderson, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Sleigh Ride / The Typewriter / Plink, Plank, Plunk! / The Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson, BBC Concert Orchestra & Leonard Slatkin
The Typewriter - La Maquina De Escribir on La Isla De Los Sonidos: La Ciudad Sin Luz by Inma Shara
Bugler's Holiday on Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson & Richard Hayman
The Typewriter on The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites by Leroy Anderson & Leonard Slatkin
The Syncopated Clock on Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson & Richard Hayman

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Blue Tango - Very Best Of Leroy Anderson Light ClassicsIain Sutherland Concert Orchestra, Leroy Anderson2016Compil.
In The World Of Spirits: Christmas Classics For Wind BandClaude T. Smith, Alfred Reed, Gustav Holst, Philip Sparke, Bruce Broughton, Jennifer Higdon, Leroy Anderson, Emory Symphonic Winds, Scott A. Stewart2012Album
Orchestral Music Vol.2Leroy Anderson2008Compil.
Orchestral Music ・ 5, Goldilocks, Suite Of CarolsLeroy Anderson, Kim Criswell, William Dazeley, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin2008Album
Orchestral Music - 3Leroy Anderson, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin2008Album
Sleigh Ride & Other Holiday FavoritesLeroy Anderson2008Compil.
Orchestral Music - 1: Piano Concerto / The Golden Years / Fiddle-FaddleLeroy Anderson, Jeffrey Biegel, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin2006Album
Blue TangoLeroy Anderson2004Album
Orchestral FavouritesLeroy Anderson, Richard Hayman And His Orchestra2002Album
The Music Of Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson, United States Air Force Band2000Album
Trésors des EnfantsCharles Perrault, Paul Dukas, Aram Khatchaturian, John Philip Sousa, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Johannes Brahms, Bedřich Smetana, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Leroy Anderson, Giuseppe Verdi, Vaughan Oliver, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Gounod, Edvard Grieg, Ernesto Lecuona, Claude Debussy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Léo Delibes, Sergei Prokofiev, Camille Saint-Saëns, Hector Berlioz, Amilcare Ponchielli, Gioacchino Rossini, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss2000Album
The Best of Leroy Anderson - Sleigh RideLeroy Anderson1997Compil.
Famous ComposersLeroy Anderson / Victor Herbert Performed By The London Philharmonic Orchestra1997Album
Ouvertures Célèbres IlEngelbert Humperdinck - Gioacchino Rossini - Giuseppe Verdi - Luigi Cherubini - Adolphe C. Adam - Franz von Suppé - Otto Nicolai - Michael Jary - Leroy Anderson1996Album
The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson FavoritesLeroy Anderson -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin1996Album
La Música De Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson1995Album
Blue Tango And Other Symphonic PopsLeroy Anderson1995Album
FavoritesLeroy Anderson1993Album
Blue Tango - The Original Hit Recordings Of Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson1992Compil.
Waltzing Cat (The Music Of Leroy Anderson)Leroy Anderson, Richard Hayman And His Symphony Orchestra1990Album
Double Star SeriesNiccolò Paganini, Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Strauss Sr., Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leroy Anderson, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms1990Album
The Leroy Anderson CollectionLeroy Anderson1988Compil.
The TypewriterLeroy Anderson1982Single
Golden Instrumental SoundLeroy Anderson1981Compil.
Fantasy / Blue TangoThe Boston Pops Orchestra, Leroy Anderson1976Album
The Syncopated ClockLeroy Anderson, Naohiro Iwai, Angel Concert Popps1967Single
The Music Of Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson1966Album
The Music of Leroy Anderson Volume 3Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell1965Album
Blue Tango And Other FavouritesLeroy Anderson1963Album
The New Music Of Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson1962Album
Leroy Anderson Conducts His MusicLeroy Anderson1960Album
Leroy Anderson Conducts Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson1959Album
The Music Of Leroy Anderson Vol. 1Leroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra1958Album
When Music Smiles. The Merry World Of Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Al Hirt, Charles Smith, Andre Come1958Album
Music Of Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson, Frederick Fennell Conducting Eastman-Rochester Orchestra1958Single
Sandpapier-BallettLeroy Anderson1955Single
Trompeten Auf Urlaub / SommerhimmelLeroy Anderson1954Single
Leroy Anderson HitsLeroy Anderson1954Album
Dame In WeissLeroy Anderson1954Single
Boston Pops Plays Music Of Leroy AndersonLeroy Anderson - The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler1952Single
Rossini-Britten Matinees Musicales Anderson-Irish SuiteBenjamin Britten, Leroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler1950Album
Sleigh RideLeroy Anderson, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler1949Album
Irish SuiteArthur Fiedler, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Leroy AndersonSingle
The Best Of BroadwayLeroy Anderson & Rodgers & HammersteinAlbum
Leroy Anderson Conducts His Own CompositionsLeroy AndersonSingle
Bicentenaire U.S.A Bicentennial 1776 - 1976John Philip Sousa, Edward MacDowell, Charles Griffes, Charles Ives, Ferde Grofé, Virgil Thomson, Howard Hanson, Robert Russell Bennett, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Morton Gould, William Schuman, Walter Piston, Leroy AndersonCompil.
Home StretchLeroy AndersonSingle
Classical JukeboxLeroy Anderson, The Boston Pops OrchestraSingle
Gute Unterhaltung mit Leroy Anderson und seinem OrchesterLeroy AndersonAlbum
Anderson-Classical Juke Box-Kabalevsky-The Comedians, Op. 26Dmitry Kabalevsky, Leroy Anderson, Arthur Fiedler, The Boston Pops OrchestraAlbum
The Syncopated Clock/The Waltzing CatLeroy AndersonAlbum
'Pops' Concert Part 1Leroy AndersonSingle
'Pops' Concert Part 2Leroy AndersonSingle
Leroy Anderson In Latin AmericaLeroy Anderson, Marco RizoAlbum
The Best Of BroadwayLeroy Anderson, Rodgers & HammersteinAlbum
The TypewriterArthur Fiedler - The Boston Pops Orchestra - Leroy AndersonSingle
Blacksmith Blues / Blue TangoEvi Kent / Leroy Anderson, Ferdinand LovinfosseAlbum
Irish Night At The "Pops"- Irish SuiteThe Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Leroy AndersonSingle
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