Sunday Bandstand 19 April 2020

Sunday Bandstand 19 April 2020

Anton Karas (7.07.1906 – 10.01.1985) was an Austrian zither player and composer, best known for his internationally famous 1948 soundtrack to Carol Reed's The Third Man, which came about as a result of a chance meeting.

Born in Vienna, one of five children of a factory worker, Anton Karas was already keen on music as a child. He wanted to become a bandleader, which because of the family's financial situation was impossible. However, he was allowed to learn to play an instrument, as were his two brothers and two sisters. He later reported that his first zither was one he found in his grandmother's attic at the age of 12.

On the order of his father, he undertook an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at the age of 14, while also taking evening courses in music at a private institution. He successfully finished his apprenticeship in 1924 and worked in a car-factory until becoming unemployed in January 1925. Having already begun to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna in 1924, he subsequently earned his living as an entertainer in a Heuriger (a wine bar, typically with a garden, usually selling the year's new wine) and soon found himself earning more income than his father. He continued his studies until 1928.

In 1930, he married, with the birth of his daughter following three months later. From 1939 to 1945 he was with German Wehrmacht anti-aircraft warfare, temporarily in Russia, where he also took a zither along. He lost more than one instrument from war action but always managed somehow to find another one.

In the summer of 1948, director Carol Reed was preparing to shoot The Third Man in Vienna and was staying in the Hotel Sacher, along with many of the British element of the Allied Control Commission for Austria. Robert Baty, the young son of the Director of Education, C.W. Baty, was given the task of showing the director around the city. On the second day, they stopped at a Heuriger, a wine tavern where growers offer their own wines for sale directly and heard Karas playing the zither in the background. This is described in Karas' L.A. Times and Reuters obituary which states that:

Reed, desperately searching for a theme tune ... chanced on the tavern in Vienna's Grinzing wine-growing district. Struck by the simple zither melodies, Reed asked a stunned Karas if he would compose the music for the film. Karas protested, saying he had never actually written music. As Karas later told the story, the director insisted and invited Karas to England. The Austrian became homesick and asked to be allowed to return. Reed told him he could—as soon as he had written the music. Under this pressure, Karas wrote his Harry Lime theme.

The film—with the music a contributing factor—was a gigantic success, and Karas' life was changed drastically.

On this week's show we have the theme music to the film. It has been arranged for brass bands by Mike Sutherland. This is the pen name of Klaus Butterstein. The performance features Foden's Band conducted by Garry Cutt in 2004.


Enjoy the show  

Playlist 19 April 2020 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Bavarian Dances - III (of 3) The Marksman - Edward Elgar arr: Major Peter Parkes Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1988  'A Tribute to Elgar, Delius and Holst' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN8551 - 1988
Rhapsody - Brenton Broadstock Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 2000  'Essay for Brass Vol.3' - CD - Polyphonic Recording  QPRL 202D - 2000
La Boda de Luis Alonso - Jeronimo Gimenez arr: James Gourlay Williams Fairey Band MD: James Gourlay - 1997  'Spanish Impressions' - CD - Chandos Brass CHAN 4544 - 1997
La Rondine  Act 1: Doretta's Aria - Puccini arr: Major Peter Parkes Flugel Soloist Mark Walters with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1998  'The Melody Shop' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN 4552 - 1998
Anthem - Carl Davis  Black Dyke Band MD: Dr Nicholas Childs - 2008  'Highlights of the European Brass Band Championships- - Double CD2 - Doyen Recording DOY CD211 - 2006
The Sand Volcano from the film The Mummy - Jerry Goldsmith arr: Goff Richards Oberaargauer Band (Austria) MD: Manfred Obrecht - 2005  'Epic Film Themes' - CD - Obrasso Recording  CD910 - 2005
Abu Hassan - Weber arr: Howard Lorriman British Army Band MD: Bandmaster (WO1) Chris King - 2008  'Top Brass' - CD - MHP: MHP208 - 2008
Home On The Range - Erik Leidzen Euphonium Soloist Christian Marklew with the Coventry City Band of the Salvation Army BM: Steve Whitmore - 2004  'To the Highest' - CD - 
Whirligig - Derek Bourgeois Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1992  'Whirligig' - CD - KRO - KKI CD 9204 - 1992
Sanctus From "Saint Cecile" - Charles Gounod arr: Thomas Wyss The Marple Band MD: Thomas Wyss - 2000  'The Right Stuff' - CD - MF-Publications - CD8309 - 2000
St Magnus - Kenneth Downie  Buy as you View Cory Band MD: Dr Robert Childs - 2004  'Now That's What I Call Brass  (compilation) - Double CD - world of Brass CD 106 - 2004
Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Francisco Tarrega arr: Sandy Smith Black Dyke Band MD: Dr Nicholas Childs - 2005  'Spectacular Classics Volume 5' - CD - Obrasso Recording  CD 906 - 2005
Down by the Sally Gardens - Traditional arr: Leigh Baker Cornet Soloist Kirsty Abbotts with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band MD: Alan Ramsey - 2006  'Soliloquy' - CD - World of Brass SFZ 139 - 2007
Limehouse Blues - Philip Braham  arr: Steve Sykes Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1992  'Whirligig' - CD - KRO - KKI CD 9204 - 1992
The Third Man - Anton Karas arr: Mike Sutherland  Foden's Richardson Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2004  'Ghost Train' - CD - MF Recording Switzerland - 2004
David Of The White Rock -Traditional arr: Wood Mount Charles Band MD: Bryan Hurdley - 2001  'Full Spectrum' - CD - MCBCD01 - 2001
Lord of The Dance from Cry of the Celts - Peter Graham Roberts Bakery Band MD: Colin Cranson - 2011  'Victory' - CD -     .... 2011
American Dream - Elgar Howarth Britannia Building Society MD: Howard Snell - 1991  'Pictures of an Exhibition' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY011 - 1991
Overture: The Impresario - Mozart  Welwyn Garden City Band MD: David Jones - 2004  'The Platinum Album' - Soundline SLB 4051 - 2004
Honour the Brave - William Rimmer  Black Dyke Band MD: Dr Nicholas Childs - 2005  'World Famous Marches' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD902 - 2005
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke​ Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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