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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 9677
Status: Available
Price: £50.00
  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 fine signature in blue fountain pen ink on a vintage album page (5.25" x 3.25"). In very good condition. Perfect for display mounting.