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Our first composer this time is James Marshall Gallatly (1882-1965), a man of varied experience and interests. He played lacrosse for Oxford, was an expert on philately and composed for military band, for piano and, especially, songs. These were light in character, many of them for children (Playtime Songs, Little Encore Songs, Goblin Tune, Four Child Studies and perhaps Oi Takes a Bite Out of my Puddin’), many others concerned with sport or leisure activities (A Cricket Song, A Rugger Song (1913), A Lawn Tennis Song, A Camping Song, A Walking Song, The Sea Scouts Song and A Hockey Song, plus other more "general" ballads (The Scot in Exile, The Wedding at Lavender Farm and Sometime, Never).

Adolf Lotter (1871-1942) was born in what is now the Czech Republic but was resident in London for much of his life. His instrument was the double bass but he also composed light music prolifically: an overture, Three Days; the marches Gallant Serbia, Pro Patria, Masaryk, The Peacemakers, Great Big David, Entry of the Bulgars, Taj Mahal and 1918: Dawn of Freedom; the waltzes Visions of Electra, Balmoral, L’Heure Suprème, Rouge et Noir, In Sweet Avoca and Klytemnestra; and other pieces – Moto Perpetuo for strings, The Ragtime Double Bass Player, A Southern Wedding, My Little Billiken (a two-step), The Coons’ Patrol, Angelus, Fantasia Angelica, Morning Serenade, Valley of Poppies, Manuelle, Orion, Tiny Tot, Ojeadas and Two Hindu Pictures.

We finish with brief mentions of a varied group of light music composers/arrangers: Douglas A Pope, military bandmaster; Archie Potter (1918-80), born in Belfast, a student at the Royal College of Music with Ralph Vaughan Williams and composer of Variations on a Popular Tune, Fantasie Gaezach and Overture to a Kitchen Comedy as well as more serious pieces. Leonard Williams, similar to (and roughly contemporary with) Warwick Williams, previously discussed in his production of pre-1900 dance music arranged from stage works of the day – they were not, so far as I know, related; Bernie Wayne, seemingly a "one work" man, known just for his Port au Prince (1956), in song, piano and orchestral versions; and finally two figures still very much alive and active, George Stiles for his musicals Honk and Peter Pan, both with lyrics by Anthony Drewe and the entertainer Jeremy Nicholas for his many cabaret-type songs.

Philip L Scowcroft

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