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Norman Fulton (1909-80) worked for the BBC in various capacities. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music (he was appointed Professor of Harmony there in 1966), his output was mainly classical, including two symphonies, but he earns inclusion here for his incidental music for radio features (including a production of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale), Dance Miniatures (four sets) for piano duet, a Serenade for strings and, from 1961, the Waltz Rhapsody for piano and orchestra.

William Fenney (1891-1957), born in Birmingham and a pupil of Granville Bantock, composed, besides some chamber music, several, shortish, lightish, pictorial orchestral pieces (Dawn, In Shadow, In the Woods, for strings, and Pastoral), also songs which are ballad-like in character: The Bugles of Dreamland, Gold Wings and The Sands o’Dee.

Finally for some shorter mentions. Arthur Grimshaw, active between the wars, composed ballads, the best known of these being The Songs My Mother Sang. From about the same period, Claude Fenn-Leyland is worth a mention for his orchestral suite The Palace of Puck, whose three movements were entitled Tarantella, Idyll and Masquerade. Roy Green flourished in the 1950s, as an arranger (notably of medleys for "Friday Night is Music Night") rather than a composer. From the same era or a little afterwards, Brian Douglas had his Music For Strings published by Mozart Edition and Denys Darlow (1921-), conductor and arranger, had his Redowa Polka used in A Musical Banquet at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Philip L Scowcroft

May 2001

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