Leroy Anderson

The Typewriter, for orchestra (with typewriters)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    In this age of computers and the Internet, a piece of music paying tribute to the typewriter, which in 1950 was still an important piece of technology, might seem a bit quaint. But even computers have keyboards and it is the sound of a typewriter's keyboard that is central to this piece of music in its color and humor. Leroy Anderson was known to use a variety of objects in his scores -- like sandpaper and wood in the Sandpaper Ballet -- and thus his use of a typewriter here is hardly unusual. The work opens with a brief introduction, after which the strings present the busy, graceful main theme accompanied by the rapid, rhythmic strokes of the typewriter's keyboard. But the typist is also heard swinging the bail of the machine back to the left extreme, which, to those who remember, resulted in the sounding of a bell, a sound heard quite often throughout this two-minute piece. In the middle section, both the music and typewriter's strokes slow down a bit and turn playful. The main theme returns with the busy typewriter accompaniment to close out this delightful work.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 ABC Classics
    2016 Musical Concepts MCS 1324
    2015 Klanglogo KL 1506
    2014 Naxos 950137
    2013 Decca / Mercury 4785092
    2012 Dynamic CDS 720
    2012 Edition HERA HERA 2009
    2012 Ars Produktion 38120
    2010 Monopol / Zebralution
    2009 Mana Music / Mana Records 5186538712
    2009 Opening Day Recordings 9356
    2008 Naxos 559357
    2007 RJE 1908
    2007 Vocalion CDLK 4358
    2006 Marsyas 1801
    2005 Silverline Records 284204
    2005 Mercury Living Presence 475 6942
    2005 Mercury Living Presence 4756942
    2004 Capriccio Records 71021
    2004 Silverline Classics 288241
    2004 ABC Classics 4761589
    2004 Deutsche Grammophon 474785
    2003 Merkton / Zebralution
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon
    2003 Bvhaast / Bvhaast BVHCD 0203
    2002 Naxos 559125
    2000 Fine Tune 4402
    2000 Centaur Records 2474
    2000 Delta Distribution 24484
    2000 Platinum Entertainment 1069
    1999 Platinum Entertainment 1401
    1998 Laserlight 14388
    1997 Decca / MCA 11710
    1996 Decca 4561952
    1995 Intersound / Pro-Arte Records 798
    1995 Intersound 8011
    1995 BMG 68390
    1995 Rca Red Seal 902668048
    1994 RCA Victor 62698
    1994 Concert Gold / Intersound 3653
    1994 Naxos 990011
    1992 Mercury Living Presence / Mercury 2PM-432-013
    Laserlight 12490
    Laserlight 15944
    BD 77025
    Laserlight 15248
    Classic FM 4763789
    EXL 5207
    Pro-Arte Records 495
    Vanguard 6008
    RCA 61237
    Pro-Arte Records 454
    American Artists Seri 264
    Paradiso 607
    Deutsche Grammophon 469 238-2GP2
    Canal Grande 9212
    Pro-Arte Records 4
    Vox 8774