Various Artists

Nights of Gladness: In the Palm Courts of the Thirties

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This entertaining and nostalgic selection of light popular music showcases the work of the pre-World War 2 Palm Court orchestras, which held sway in hotels throughout Europe and America during the 1930s. Presenting a variety of pocket-sized classics like Albert Ketelby's "The Clock and the Dresden Figures" and Jack Hylton's "The Wedding of the Rose," this extensive best-of highlights an all-but-forgotten musical era; however, a surprising number of the pieces featured here, including Alfredo Campoli's "Teddy Bears' Picnic," Barnabas Von Geczy's "Serenade No. 1," and Charles Ancliffe's title track, remain familiar despite the passage of time, a testament to their musical worth.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:25
2
2:19
3 3:22
4 3:27
Arlekinada (Harlequin's Millions), ballet
5 3:29
6 3:21
7 3:18
8 3:16
9 3:24
Mignon, opera in 3 acts
10 2:50
11 2:43
12 3:25
13 2:39
14 3:12
15 3:14
Marionettes (7) for piano
16 2:58
17 3:00
Moods, Impressions & Reminiscences, 171 pieces for piano in 4 volumes, Op. 41
18 3:12
19 3:20
20 3:02
21 2:46
22 2:43
23 2:58
24 3:05
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