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Gordon Langford

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Of the numerous twentieth- and today twenty-first century music artists who’ve hovered for the border between so-called light music and serious music, Englishman Gordon Langford must rank being among the most successful. To his nation, he is something just like a Henry Mancini or perhaps a Burt Bacharach would be to america; but he hasn’t fully converted his back for the traditional tradition which was his upbringing. Gordon Langford was created in Edgware in 1930 and discovered the piano as a kid. He achieved impressive proficiency in only a couple of years, and in 1941 he made an appearance as the presented soloist inside a performance of the Mozart piano concerto. He went to the Royal Academy of Music during his teenager years, and started composing music. He was quite definitely in demand like a pianist, mainly for lighter pseudo-pop fare, through the entire 1960s, and he was quickly known for his skilled contact as an orchestrator of theatre and film music. Nonetheless it could very well be his variety-filled use the King’s Performers that has, due to the tremendous product sales that the Performers have liked, been noticed by the biggest viewers. He was essential towards the King’s Performers’ first recording back 1971 (he produced five preparations, and his group, the Gordon Langford Trio, do backup for four amounts), and it has continuing the association since; the 1985 disk Watching the White colored Whole wheat: Folksongs from the Uk Isles features many good folk music preparations by Langford. An set up Langford manufactured from Jingle Bells continues to be fodder for most singing organizations professional and amateur, like the Pro Arte Performers back 1989. Langford’s unique work carries a amount of overtures and fantasies for orchestra (like the Grand Fantasia on “La bohème,” made up in 1994 for the hundredth wedding anniversary from the Proms) and twelve or so functions for music group and brass ensemble, a few of that have been instigated by a link using the Philip Jones Brass Outfit. Langford continues to be honored often throughout his profession; crucial among his honours are the Yellow metal Badge of Merit through the British isles Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Writers (1994) and an Ivor Novello Award (1971).

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Full Name Gordon Langford
Died April 18, 2017, Seaton, United Kingdom
Education Royal Academy of Music
Nationality English
Music Songs Rhapsody, Red Sails in the Sunset, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, London Miniatures - 1. London Calls, London Miniatures - 3. Green Park, London Miniatures - 2. Soho, March from the Colour Suite, London Miniatures - 4. Trafalgar Square, Etrangère au paradis, Elle chantait ma vie en musique, Barcarole aus "Hoffmanns Erzählungen", Olè Guapa, London Miniatures - 6. Horseguards, Tonight We Love, Hey There, All or Nothing at All, But Not for Me from "Girl Crazy", Stars Fell on Alabama, Dancing on the Ceiling, Bobby Shaftoe, Als die Zeit vorüberging, C'est si facile de vous aimer, Lullaby of Broadway, Thanks for the Memory, Big Spender, But Not for Me, Anna, Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant, Full Moon and Empty Arms, Fairy Laughter, Bess, You Is My Woman Now, Beyond the Sea
Albums Girls Girls Girls, Novello: Songs


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1 Living a quiet life in Devon, England and composing for his own satisfaction, rather than for a living. [December 2004]
2 Although not the composer, he orchestrated most of the music for many films.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freddie as F.R.O.7. 1992 orchestrator
The Jerome Kern Songbook 1990 Video orchestrator
Lord of the Flies 1990 orchestrator
Consuming Passions 1988 orchestrator
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 orchestrator - uncredited
Clash of the Titans 1981 orchestrator - uncredited
Tribute 1980 orchestrator
The Great Train Robbery 1979 orchestrator - uncredited
Our Miss Fred 1972 orchestrator - uncredited
The Great Waltz 1972 orchestrator - uncredited
Up the Front 1972 orchestrator - uncredited
Egghead's Robot 1970 conductor
Scrooge 1970 orchestrator - uncredited
Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 orchestrator - uncredited
The Virgin Soldiers 1969 orchestrator - uncredited
The Troublesome Double 1967 conductor
Whistle Stop! 1961 TV Series musical arrangements by - 12 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Take Three Women 1982 TV Series Musician

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Egghead's Robot 1970
The Troublesome Double 1967

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