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Catalogue numberREC 268
TitleWinter sports - Music of the snow resorts
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label codeD
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed byPye Records (Sales) Ltd
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreMusic - Brass bands
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesREC 268 A-1 AG. D 1
REC 268 B-1 AG. B 1
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Alpen tanz [Brien]
A2Ski slope for beginers [Siebert]
A3Toboggan [Nestico]
A4Les patineurs [Meyerbeer]
A5Tyrolean tubas [Clark]
A6Winter carnival [Stuart]
A7Austrian dance [Schonherr / Arr. Bashford]
B1Sleighride [Anderson]
B2Snow flakes [Charrosin]
B3Tyrolean tavern [Agoult]
B4Troika [Prokofiev]
B5Clarinet polka [Arr. Bennett]
B6Snow coach [Stanford]
B7March of the Swiss Alpine Club [Anklin]
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Concert band of the Royal Corps of Signals conducted by Major Keith R. R. Boulding LRAm, ARCM, FVCM, BBCM, psm.

Winter sports holidays are re-lived in this nostalgic reminiscence of happy times spent on the slippery white slopes, recapturing the magical atmosphere with joyful music descriptive of skiing, bobsledding and toboganing, punctuated with stirring alpine melodies typical of carefree apres-ski evenings spent in convivial company.

Edrich Siebert offers a reminder of those early winter sports lessons with his Ski Slope for Beginners, especially composed for this record, recalling that seemingly irresistable magnetism which compels so many to travel for a skiing vacation each winter.

Part of this ''away from it all'' atmosphere, in complete contrast to everyday life, is captured in the evening jaunts to the delightfully informal entertainment in mountainside inns and cafes.

Alpen Tanz, with yodelling simulated by cornets, and the more boisterous Tyrolean Tavern are typical of the melodies played by alpine bands, accompanied sometimes by the lively, thigh-slopping schuhplattler dancing to Austrian Dance, with the sound of piano-accordions here clevely imitated by clarinets, four of which are particularly prominent in the Bavarian-style folk tune, Clarinet Polka. In similar tradition, Tyrolean Tubas spotlights a tricky tuba specfially (featuring L/Cpl. Peter Kitson and Musician Colin Sidney.)

Several composers have endeavoured to interpret the thrills od snow sledding in descriptive pieces. Perhaps best known are Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride and Russ Conway's Snow Coach, with bells and horses unmistakable.

The Troika is an ancient Russian sleigh drawn by three horses harnessed abreast. Their hooves can be heard and the rush of mountain wind surely felt in this excerpt from the fourth movement of Serge Prokofiev's symphonic suite, ''Lieutenant Kije'', written in 1933.

Snow Flakes provides an opportunity for the xylophone to portray the falling frozen drops (soloist: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Stobbs). Concessionary adaptations throughout and special arrangements to suit the general theme are particularly evident in March of the Swiss Alpine Club, its style rather reminiscent of U. S. military bands and perhaps also of Glenn Miller - thus suited to mountain resorts on either side of the Atlantic.

Ice shows on the mountain skating rinks provide happy entertainment for many winter sports fans. The spirited and graceful Les Patineurs (Skaters Waltz) well reflects the mood. Giacomo Meyerbeer wrote it for the opera, ''Le Prophete'', as a ballet for dancers pretending to skate.

The Concert Bandof the Royal Corps of Signals is an extension of the conventional military band, with extra saxophones and a=clarinets shrewdly augmenting the normal brass, woodwind and percussion to produce a distinctive orchestral sound of pleasing versatility.

From 1920, when the Corps of Signals was formed, the badn operated for 19 years on a volunteer basis until officially authorised in 1939 and quickly established a high reputation in the field of military band music. It visits as many units as possible in BAOR and sometimes travels much farther afield,l to include Africa and the Far East.

With the general public it has become particularly renowned for popular concert engagements, notably in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Bournemouth and St. Helier. many well known artists have appeared with the band, including Semprini, Ian Wallace, the Luton Girls Choir, Morecambe and Wise, and Vince Hill, who began his career as a vocalist when a member of the band.

Major Keith Boulding, who as a very young trumpeter played in Glenn Miller's wartime orchestra, was appointed director of music to the Royal Corps of Signals in 1969, having qualified at the Royal Military School in 1950. His enterprising development of a wider range of repertoire, coupled with a pleasing microphone personality, has undoubtedly helped to set new standards in the scope and potential of concert military bands.

Under Major Boulding's baton, the band is well known for its winter sports affiliation, having recorded music familiar to the ice rinks in an earlier LP. This unusual specialisation was inspired by Howard Bass, who is generally acknowledged as the world's mosr experienced and authoritative writer on snow and ice sports. He has written many books on these subjects and reports major championships from all over the world for the BBC World Service, ''The Daily Telegraph'', ''Sunday Telegraph'' and London ''Evening Standard''. He conceived the idea and selected the contents of this record.

The band had broadcast for the BBC in Friday Night is Music Night, Brass and Strings, Listen to the Band and Strike up the Band and when appearing in the 1976 Royal Tournament at Earls Court, London.

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