Minding the Score: The Music of Harry L Alford | New World Records NW80743

Minding the Score: The Music of Harry L Alford


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Label: New World Records

Cat No: NW80743

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 24th February 2014



While Harry L Alford (1875–1939) was a composer of rare talent and imagination, the creation of melodies was only of peripheral interest. Alford yearned for something quite different and new - working exclusively as an 'arranger of music'.

In the 1890s, when Alford formed this ambition, no such profession existed. Alford’s vision of a large-scale independent bureau serving publishers, producers, theatrical stars, conductors, composers and songwriters with ingenious, instantaneous, made-to-order musical arrangements had no precedent.

Alford's arrangements were commissioned by almost all of the nation’s music publishers and his songwriter and composer clients formed a virtual 'who’s who' of American popular music of the early twentieth century. Dozens of the biggest pop hits of the 1910s and ’20s were first introduced to the public as 'clothed' by Harry Alford. Vaudeville was America’s leading form of entertainment, and during its golden age Alford was the composer/arranger of choice for every top vaude act. Harry Alford’s influence on American music was powerful as a result.

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