Sunday Bandstand 21 February 2021

Sunday Bandstand 21 February 2021

Louis-Gaston Ganne - 5 April 1862 – 13/14 July 1923, was a conductor and composer of French operas, operettas, ballets, and marches.

Ganne was born in the Auvergne region of France and grew up in a suburb of Paris. He studied under César Franck and Jules Massenet at the Conservatoire de Paris. He conducted at the Nouveau Théâtre de la Rue Blanche and at the Folies-Bergère, and later led a concert series at the Monte Carlo Casino.

He is recognised today for his popular patriotic marches, Le Pere la Victoire and La marche Lorraine. He also composed for the ballet, including the 1902 ballet "In Japan". He is less well known outside his native France, and his many operettas are now rarely performed. His most successful light opera is the circus musical Les Saltimbanques (The Acrobats), from 1899.

During his lifetime was regarded as one of the leading composers of lighter music in France. He had scarcely left the Conservatoire when he started to make a name for himself as the composer of marches, waltzes and mazurkas. For many years he was in charge of music at the Monte Carlo Casino, where he directed a very popular concert series, Les Concerts de Louis Ganne. He is remembered most for his Marche Lorraine (1892), using an old folk-song from the district. During the Second World War, this march had a special significance as a battle song for the Free French and their allies.

Today we are featuring March Lorraine which is still a popular march on the brass band concert circuits. Our performance is from the Morris Concert Band conducted by Harry Mortimer in 1970.  

Playlist  21 February 2021

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
March Lorraine - Louis Ganne  Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970  'Harry Mortimer conducts the famous Morris Concert Band' - Vinyl - Music for Pleasure  MFP1387 - 1970
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2  - Franz Liszt arr. William Rimmer Kings of Brass MD: James Scott - 1997  'Down Memory Lane Vol: 2' CD - Kirklees Music: KRCD1029 - 1997 
HMS Pinafore Selection - Gilbert and Sullivan arr. Drake Rimmer CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1962  'Highlights of Gilbert and Sullivan' - Vinyl - Musical Rendezvous - Contour Recording  6870 509 - 1962
The Way We Were - Marvin Hamlisch  Cornet Soloist Wilf McDonald with the West Yorkshire Police Band MD: Barry Thompson - 1997  'West Yorkshire Police' - CD -  Park Recordings - 1997
The Astronaut March - Albert Henry Jakeway  Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Brand  - 1968  'Reflections In Brass - Volume Three' - Vinyl - (Compilation origin al recording 1968) Polyphonic – FB 103 - 1985
Kopanitsa - Andrew Baker Percussion soloist Adam Davies with the Ebbw Valley Brass MD: Gareth Ritter - 2015  'Tair Gwaith Igymru (Three times for Wales) ' - CD - Dolce Recording - 2015
The Light of the World - Dean Goffin International Staff Band of the Salvation Army BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2011  'Heritage Series Vol 3 - Music from the 1950s' - SP&S CD286 - 2011
I Hear you Calling Me - Charles Marshall arr. J. Ord Hume Cornet Soloist Maurice Murphy with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Harry Mortimer - 1991  'National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain - 40 Years Young' - CD - BBC Enterprises - 1991
Largo from New World Symphony - Antonin Dvorak Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Garry Cutt  'The Best of Colliery Bands' - C D - First Rule Records (Compilation) - 2010
Milestone - Festival March- William Himes  Brass Band Rijnmond (The Netherlands) MD: Anno Appelo - 2008  'Milestone' - CD - Project Audio - 2008
Daisy Bell - Harry Dacre arr. Gordon Langford  Leyland Vehicles Band MD: Richard Evans - 1980  'Contrasts In Brass' - Vinyl - Chandos Recording BBR 1008(S) - 1980
The Nightingale - Harold Moss Cornet Soloist Ian Shires with the Yorkshire Electricity (Drighlington) Band MD: Colin Hardy - 1991   'Electric Brass' - CD - DB CD004 - 1991
Celtic Suite - 1. Dawns Werin 2. Suo Gan 3.  Men of Harlech - Philip Sparke JJB Sports Leyland Band MD: Richard Evans - 1998  'Harmony Music - The Music of Philip Sparke' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL089D - 1998
Gently Down the Stream of Time - Kenneth Downie  London Central Fellowship Band BM:David Daws - 2011  'Bandology' - CD - Salvationist Publishing & Supplies Ltd. – SPS 293CD - 2011
The Blue Danube Waltz Op314 - Johann Strauss II  arr. Goff Richards   Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson - 1996  'Strauss Festival' - CD - Obrasso Recording - CD859 - 1996
Carousel - Huug Steketee Cornet Soloist Dik van Doorn with the Brass Band Rijnmond (The Netherlands) MD: Anno Appelo -  2009  'Milestone' - CD - Project Audio ........... - 2009
The Light Fantastic - Paul Lovatt-Cooper European Youth Brass Band MD: Erik Janssen - 2016  'Highlights from the European Brass Band Championships 2016' - CD - Doyen DOY CD362
Overture To The Magic Flute - Mozart arr. Kenyon Enfield Citadel Band BM: Jonathan Corry - 2009   'Classically Enfield' - CD - SP&S -SPS256 - 2009
The Muppet Show Theme - Jim Henson and Sam Pottle arr. Philip Harper Stonesfield Silver Band MD: Terry Brotherhood - 2005  'Magic of the Movies' - CD - Stones 02CD - 2005
March Militaire-La Ronde - Gounod arr. Trevor Sharpe Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1979  'Marching Contrasts' - Vinyl - Polyphonic Recording PRL002 - 1979 
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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