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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 9329
Status: Available
Price: £75.00
  Eric Coates  Eric Coates

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Great English composer of light music.

A prolific composer, Coates wrote pieces for orchestras, chamber groups, and solo pianists. In addition to penning more than 160 ballads, he composed numerous instrumental settings for the poetry of William Shakespeare and other British poets. His many radio themes included the theme of the popular BBC radio show Calling All Workers, which aired four times a day, five days a week.

Coates made his orchestral debut in 1911 when his composition Miniature Suite was performed by the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra under the direction of Sir Henry Wood (he himself played viola with the orchestra during the premiere). Although he wrote his most enduring tune, Stonecracker John, in 1909, Coates enjoyed a revival of his popularity in the late 1920s when his songs Birdsongs at Eventide and Homeward to You became major hits. He remained active until shortly before his death in 1957, composing his ever-popular The Dam Busters March for the film The Dam Busters (1954) and High Flight for the 1956 film of that name.

One of his best-known compositions is the London Suite (1933), from which one of his most famous pieces of music Knightsbridge March (used as the theme tune for BBC Radio’s In Town Tonight) was taken.

This is a rare typed and ink-signed letter on a 10" x 8" sheet of headed notepaper (130 Berkeley Court, Baker Street, SW1, July 15th 1939), to a man whose daughter is thinking of performing his 1936 Saxo-Rhapsody.

It reads (in full):

Thank you for your letter this morning and for the programmes. I am glad to see you are making use of my music and that you are now thinking of performing my Saxo-Rhapsody. I am very interested to hear of your daughter's musical activities - being able to tackle my Rhapsody looks as if she must be very efficent alread on the Saxophone. I have asked Chappell's to send you the full parts of this work and you should receive them by Tuesday, at the latest.

With my very good wishes to you and all success to daughter with her violin and her saxophone, from

Yours sincerely

Eric Coates

One horizontal and one vertical correspondence fold. Very light handling "dings" and an ink squiggle at the bottom where Coates was testing his fountain pen. In good overall condition.