Leroy Anderson

Belle of the Ball, for orchestra

    Description by Robert Cummings

    The year 1951 was a fairly productive one for Leroy Anderson, yielding a number of popular works that included Plink, Plank, Plunk!, The Phantom Regiment, Blue Tango, China Doll, the song version of Sleigh Ride, and this delightful piece, Belle of the Ball. Like most of the composer's efforts, it is light, effervescent, and devoid of conflict or disharmony. Anderson looked upon the piece as a modern-day American revival -- or revitalization -- of the Viennese waltz tradition. Having said that, the main theme sounds rather unlike a Strauss waltz, but the voice of Tchaikovsky is evident in its playful, fantasy-like character. The melody is rhythmic and comes in short groups of notes, beginning with two notes, then three, then expanding further; the music skates along elegantly. The middle section features a delightful variation on the theme, in which Anderson's gentle belled sonorities impart a playful innocence.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 ABC Classics
    2016 Musical Concepts MCS 1324
    2013 Decca / Mercury 4785092
    2012 Dynamic 3580
    2012 Guild Light Music GLCD 5189
    2009 Opening Day Recordings 9356
    2008 Naxos 8559313
    2007 ABC Classics 4766329
    2007 RJE 1908
    2007 Vocalion CDLK 4358
    2005 Silverline Records 284204
    2005 Mercury Living Presence 4756942
    2005 Mercury Living Presence 475 6942
    2004 Capriccio Records 71021
    2004 Silverline Classics 288241
    2004 ABC Classics 4761589
    2003 ASV/Living Era / Living Era 5481
    2003 Delta Distribution 40037
    2002 Naxos 559125
    2002 Naxos 8 555344
    2001 Eagle Records / Pegasus (Pinnacle) 57
    2000 Laserlight 40013
    1999 Karussell / Spectrum Music 544166
    1998 Hyperion CDA67067
    1995 Intersound 8011
    1995 Intersound / Maxiplay Pops Digital 8012
    1995 Rca Red Seal 902668048
    1994 Naxos 990011
    1992 Mercury Living Presence / Mercury 2PM-432-013
    1991 Laserlight 35895
    1988 Reader's Digest Music 081
    ABC Classics 4766341
    Laserlight 15944
    Laserlight 12490
    BD 77025
    Laserlight 15248
    Laserlight 15895
    Laserlight 15670
    Reader's Digest Music 137-C
    Vanguard 6008
    Laserlight 14724
    Pro-Arte Records 454
    RCA 61237
    American Artists Seri 264
    Reader's Digest Music 006