40's music ideas

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by jockinafrock, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Need your help again folks! Got a 40's night event in a month or two, and looking for lots of ideas of great 40's music. We've got a fair bit, but I'm sure there're always pieces out there I haven't thought of. Job is for 3 hours! Cheers! :D
  2. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Sandy Smith's Light Programme Legends includes British light music from about that era, including the Dick Barton theme tune.
  3. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Thanks for that Jim - a new one to me. :)
  4. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    I assume you'll already have considered obvious candidates, such as Darrol Barry's "Keep smiling through" ... ?
  5. toby hobson

    toby hobson Member

    Howard Snell arranged that 20 plus years ago Fiona, I wouldnt mind betting you could find someone to have a look for it in the Fodens Libary. Its called Devil's Gallop.

    What music are you after? Light.. (la vie un rose) classical ( Simple Gifts Copeland ) dance band (Miller Magic ) Film (49th Parallel)
  6. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Active Member

    "Sing As We Go" was one of the most popular songs during WW2 - thanks to Mony Python it's also known but younger generations...
    Has always managed to get my audiences singing along (original or new lyrics!!)
    £10 to print & play here
    Others you might like to consider are Stardust, As Time Goes By, Begin The Beguine and This Is The Army Mr Jones.
    All available to download from www.pdfbrass.com
  7. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Also includes Puffing Billy (aka Children's Favourites) and In Party Mood (Worker's Playtime, I think) - also, The Girl from Corsica.
  8. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Hi Gareth - we don't have a huge library and, if I haen't played it myself for a while, I can never remember the pieces. KST's a good one though, thanks for reminding me!
  9. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Hiya toby me old mucker - think I'll be buttering Jimbo up and having a root through the archives! It's for a 40's evening - not sure yet if they're gonna want us to toot the whole night (3 hrs!) so stuff that's easy on the chops! :D
  10. Andrew Norman

    Andrew Norman Active Member

    The pdf brass arrangements would be ideal as lip savers
  11. Pauli Walnuts

    Pauli Walnuts Moderator Staff Member

    Not forgetting Black 7 White nos 1 & 2 - both have wartime songs in there. And whilst written afterwards, you could justify The Dambuters, A Bridge Too Far and the Luftwaffe March from Battle of Britaoin perhaps?
  12. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Surprised not to see any swing band music suggestions yet. Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington are the two obvious big names to start with. More ideas here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1940s_in_jazz
    Early 40s more promising than late 40s - can't think of much in the way of bebop arranged for brass band out there.

    'Miller Magic' (arr Denzil Stephens) contains the following tunes off the top of my head
    Little Brown Jug (older, but Miller version 1939)
    A String of Pearls (1941)
    Moonlight Serenade (1939)
    St Louis Blues March (1943)

    There are various other Miller arrangements out there. Brass bands playing swing is always a slightly awkward thing, but it would fit the bill well here.

    Of course, there is also some quality original brass band music from that decade, but I suspect your audience aren't after Rhapsody in Brass​...
  13. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    Autumn Leaves as a Trom solo
  14. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    It is for the band, not sure about the soloist though!
  15. You could always add in any of the musical selections from that era:
    South Pacific
    Another openin' Another Show (Kiss Me Kate)

    Cole Porter's 'Every Time We Say Goodbye'

    Sandy Smith has done a compilation of tunes that Fred Astaire used to dance to under the title 'Astaire'
  16. We have just played "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman; arr. Bill Geldard) of Tommy Dorsey fame. It went down really well. It requires a band, and esecially a trombone soloist and drummer, who can get into the "feel" of that kind of music.
  17. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Aces High (The Luftwaffe March) although that might not go down too well with the audience. Other than that there is tons of well known marches that evoke the spirit of the era e.g. A Bridge Too Far, RAF March Past. What about The Great Escape
  18. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    How about Opus One? (Tommy Dorsey). Bill Geldard's arrangement is more faithful to the original but there is an arrangement in the Bernaerts catalogue which is 'easier on the chops'!
  19. wife divine

    wife divine Supporting Member

    Love Is A Many Splendored Thing. There's a couple of arrangements available. The film was popular and so was the music.

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