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Arthur Cecil, whose real name was Arthur Blunt, was an actor/singer on the Victorian stage, especially in the Gallery of Illustration/St. Georgeís Hall Entertainments (he also played Box in Cox and Box by Sullivan and sang in a production of Trial by Jury). Cecil also composed the music for A Bright Idea (1881), for St. Georgeís Hall, and one song for the 1885 Gaiety Theatre production, Little Jack Sheppard, described as a "burlesque operatic melodrama".

A ballad composer of the pre-1914 period was Emilie Clarke, whose titles included Sincerity (My Friend) (1913), especially popular, Heartís Delight, Thatís All and Kisses and Kisses.

In this series of Garlands we have had mentions of many who have composed music to accompany films, TV and radio. One of the latest of these is Andrew Blaney, who provided an atmospheric, sometimes quite catchy, yet essentially understated, score for BBC2ís dramatic documentary Dickens (May 2002). And we may also mention Keith Waithe for his music for St Exuperyís play The Little Prince (BBC Radio, 2002) and Adrian Lee for his Credible Witness (BBC Radio, 2002). Anthony Smith-Masters also composed scores for several radio features between the 1950s and the 1970s, among them The Dynasts (1951), The Streets of Pompeii (1952), First Half Century (1953), Love and Friendship (Jane Austen) (1953) and The Flood (1977). He also spread his net quite widely in other forms of lighter music, from which we can exemplify All Mimsy (1978), a solo for double bass and piano, Quiet Dance for piano solo (1959) and, an opera for schools, The Pied Piper, from 1964.

Finally, a brass band composer we have not so far mentioned is Alec Howell, who had something of a success in 1962 with La Catalena.

Philip L Scowcroft

May 2002

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