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We start with a Victorian all-rounder, W.H. Jude of Liverpool, known in his day as organist, speaker on music and composer Ė of hymns, organ solos, piano pieces (Festival March was popular), ballad-type songs (among them Consecration, Plymouth Sound, The Landlordís Daughter, The Skipper, The Young Brigade and, much the most popular of all and still to be encountered sometimes even today, The Mighty Deep). There was also a comic opera Innocents Abroad, or Going Over to Rome (1882) which featured a variety of entertaining vocal numbers: Bumps (about phrenology), Do As the Romans Do, The Goblin Gingham (a song in music hall style), a tambourine nonsense song, a patter song Youíve All Done St. Peterís and Rushed Through the Vatican and a chorus, Ave Maria, in which Jude no doubt utilised his skill in writing hymn tunes. This was staged first in Liverpool (where else?) and toured.

Also from the English musical stage and from roughly the same period was F.W. Allwood, who made his living as a musical director of a touring company but who also composed the scores of two stage works with a wide time interval between their respective appearances. First came the opera bouffe, Haymaking, or The Pleasures of Country Life, toured in 1877, then in 1893 The Piper of Hamelin was put on at the Vaudeville Theatre as a childrenís Christmas entertainment.

For our modern-day writer for films and TV, I offer the name Alison Taylor, most recently credited (in tandem with Ian Lynn) with the music for the documentary Channel 4 series Battle Stations (2002). Keith Hinchcliffe who lives in Sheffield, also falls into this category, as his guitar Up the Crooked Spire, a cheerful jig-like piece presumably inspired by Chesterfield, has been adopted, in arrangement for a TV programme transmitted in the West Country entitled The Ridge Riders! This enforced change of title would be familiar to all those writers of mood music for the recorded music libraries back in the 1940s, 1950s and later. Keith has a varied musical outlook. He plays guitar, both classical and baroque, the Renaissance cittern and sings folk-type ballads. He arranges pieces for guitar from, for example, Scottish fiddle tunes and Irish traditional harp music. His compositions, besides the Spire piece mentioned, include a Cantilena, inspired by the Spanish Classical guitar repertoire.

Philip L Scowcroft

January 2002

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