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Haydn Wood and films

 

 

Three Famous Cinema Stars (1928)

 

Haydn Wood was interested in theater and opera, for both personal and professional reasons. But he didn't neglect film either, if one takes into account Three Famous Cinema Stars, a suite for orchestra (or for piano) which he composed in the autumn of 1928. Each movement characterizes a film personality: Ivor Novello, Dolores Del Rio and Charlie Chaplin.

 

In linking his ‘Valse Apache’ to Ivor Novello's name, Haydn Wood was evoking The Rat, a 1926 British film directed by Graham Cutts with Novello as a boss of the Parisian underworld. Ivor Novello (1893-1951) was a popular British composer of songs and a successful actor in theater and films. He became a star in 1927 in the title role of Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Lodger—his character was mistakenly identified as a serial killer and saved from being lynched at the last minute.

Ivor Novello in The Rat.

 

Dolores Del Rio (1905-1983) was a Mexican actress who made her Hollywood debut in 1925 and rose rapidly to stardom. Seven of her films were released in Great Britain in 1928; moreover, she paid a promotional visit to London in August of that year.

 

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), whom Haydn Wood had perhaps seen live in vaudeville in England, had become an international film star in 1914. Chaplin's film The Circus was released in London in March 1928.


The Small Man (1935)

 

Directed by John Baxter, made in February 1935 at Stoll Studios, Cricklewood, London, and released on 9 September 1935.

It tells the story of shopkeepers in an English provincial town who are being squeezed out by the multiple store. Haydn Wood composed the music for this film which is now lost. A reviewer in the Kinematograph Weekly wrote that ‘the music by Haydn Wood is very appropriate and tuneful.

The same reviewer found fault with the addition of a sequence of musical numbers, which he thought did not fit into the story line. In one of these numbers Haydn Wood was seen conducting the Fodens Band with the baritone Thorpe Bates singing Wake up, You Son of a Gun! that Wood had composed for the film.

 

Production still: Haydn Wood (center), Thorpe Bates (left) and the Fodens Band.


Riders to the Sea (1935)


  

This medium-length British film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, was shot in 1935 and released in 1937. It tells the story of one woman on the west coast of Ireland who has lost her husband, and all her sons—one by one, each drowned at sea.

Haydn Wood orchestrated the film score by arranging five traditional Irish airs (the first one is known as My Lagan Love). His friend and colleague Joseph Lewis conducted the orchestra.

Riders to the Sea can be watched on YouTube.




Pathé News (1946)

 

In the spring of 1946, Pathé News filmed Haydn Wood in Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park, London. The newsreel was released on 3 June 1946 with a commentary spoken over Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo, for full orchestra, which Wood had based on his hit song Bird of Love Divine. The interpretation heard in the newsreel had been recently recorded by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jay Wilbur for the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library.

At the very end of the reel, a symphony orchestra and its conductor are seen playing what the audience would think to be Bird of Love Divine, but it was actually some available footage of Sir Edward Elgar conducting one of his own compositions.

More on this newsreel here on this page.

 

The newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.



Exclusive!

Haydn Wood's compositions in cinema, television, and video

Films, television programmes, and videos, in which Haydn Wood's music
is performed or listened to by characters or persons, or is used as background music.

Woody Allen, René Clair, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Steven Spielberg …

 


Musical works are in alphabetical order.
Musical work date is the date of publication.
Film date is the production date, not the release date.
Non English-language films are listed under their English title (with the original language title following in brackets). Where a film has never been released with an English title, it is listed under its original title [with an English translation following in square brackets].

A chronological discrepancy related to a work by Haydn Wood in a film is mentioned as a curiosity. Such a mention is not judgmental.

Links to video-sharing websites: the film you expect to watch may have been blocked in your country.


The Bandstand, Hyde Park (1936)
from Frescoes, Suite

in British Style Genius: By Royal Appointment, The Country Look
directed by Lucie Donahue (UK, 2008)

television documentary: episode 4

The documentary explores the British fashion and style of the country look.

‘Edward Ⅶ's love of flamboyant dress never left him. In 1897, he commissioned the coat makers Aquascutum to make this riding cape from a fabric that he designed himself, the famous Prince of Wales check.’

The beginning of The Bandstand, Hyde Park accompanies the story of the Prince of Wales’s interest in stylish country garments.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 18:10.


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in Fabric of Britain - Part 1: Knitting's Golden Age
directed by Georgina Leslie (UK, 2013)

television documentary

The documentary explores how knitting in Great Britain rose from basic craft to the height of popular fashion in the 20th century. The Bandstand, Hyde Park accompanies a scene which starts in the form of a short silent movie in black and white.

This scene has been introduced (in colour) by Susan Crawford, author of a book on vintage knitting. She has recreated a woolen bathing costume from a 1932 knitting pattern. Her friend, the model Fleur McGerr, will tell the viewers if, and how much, the bathing costume will stretch out of shape when wet.

Fleur dramatically appears, wearing the black hand-knitted swimming suit with, as in the original pattern, a white seagull design emblazoned on the front.

The music arranger for this scene chose three lively excerpts of The Bandstand, Hyde Park (the vivid beginning, a martial middle section, and the grand ending) to build up the drama of the cold sea the actress is plunging in, which leads to the two friends' conclusion:

FleurIt’s a little bit heavy … not a lot of support in this area (she gestures to the bosom area of the bathing costume) but, I think I could have lived in the 1930s … this certainly wouldn't have stopped me from going to the beach.
Susan
This swimming costume is probably the most glamorous swimming costume that you can wear, and I for one think we should bring them back.

     

In her wet bathing costume, Fleur runs back up the beach at sunset. At the last chord of The Bandstand, Hyde Park, the scene changes to a shot of a seabird running along the same beach, also at sunset.

The recording of The Bandstand, Hyde Park by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in The Real Tom Thumb, History's Smallest Superstar
directed by Ian Denyer (UK, 2014)

television documentary

The stage name General Tom Thumbthe Celebrated American Dwarfwas given to Charles Stratton by P. T. Barnum. The name Tom Thumb came from an old English fairy tale where little Tom fought great battles mounted on a mouse. Barnum's choice of name was brilliant branding. The press took the bait.

   

The vivid beginning of The Bandstand, Hyde Park accompanies the story of Tom Thumb's debut in the world of entertainment.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 14:59.


The Bandstand, Hyde Park

in À bon entendeur : Fondues traditionnelles et exotiques
[A Word to the Wise: Traditional and Exotic Fondues]
Radio télévision suisse (Switzerland, 2019)

television report

The recipe for fondue, a Swiss national dish, has always been the subject of many variations. In a brief account of its history since Antiquity, the report evokes a stroke of marketing genius by the Swiss Cheese Trade Union which, in the midst of the crisis of the 1930s, exploded the notoriety of the recipe. Even the army, in its own way, participated in the effort to promote fondue.

The very beginning of The Bandstand, Hyde Park is the background music to these army's efforts.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Serge Krish is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (London, 1946?).

This television report can be watched on a RTS web page. The Bandstand, Hyde Park is at 7:18.


Bird of Love Divine (1912)

in This Happy Breed
directed by David Lean (UK, 1944)

London, 1925: the Gibbons are celebrating Christmas. They get together with friends in the living room. Bird of Love Divine sheet music is on the piano rack. Aunt Sylvia insists on singing a couple of songs and accompanying herself on the piano.

Mum and dad spend a moment together in the dimly lit kitchen. Through the partition they can still hear Sylvia singing Bird of Love Divine with her shrill voice.

Roses of Picardy accompanies another moment in This Happy Breed.

This Happy Breed can be watched on YouTube. The sheet music can be noticed from 17:58 and Sylvia sings Bird of Love Divine at 31:01.


Bird of Love Divine

in Waterloo Road
directed by Sidney Gilliat (UK, 1944)

During the London Blitz and while her husband is mobilized, Tillie becomes infatuated with Ted, a tough guy.

Instead of taking her to a shelter when an alert sounds, he takes her to his place and seduces her. The radio suddenly announces: ‘Bird of Love Divine by Haydn Wood.’ Upon hearing the charming melody, Tillie runs a gamut of emotions; first laughing nervously, then gathering herself together, then shedding tears over her husband. Ted complains about the money he has spent to please her. She answers back that she can't believe how cheap he can be—and he slaps her.

This recording by a full orchestra of Bird of Love Divine was probably recorded especially for this film.

Waterloo Road can be watched on OK.RU. Bird of Love Divine is at 1:01:51.


Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo (1932)

in Haydn Wood
Path
é News (UK, 1946)
newsreel

In this short documentary, Haydn Wood is seen taking a walk in a garden, looking down on water lilies from a bow bridge, resting on a bench in front of a rose bed, and staring up at trees.


He gets the right mood for composition, just where you would expect: in a garden.’ The commentary is spoken over Bird of Love Divine, Intermezzo for full orchestra.

The recording by the New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jay Wilbur is from the Boosey & Hawkes mood music library (UK, 1946?).

The newsreel can be watched on the British Pathé channel on YouTube.

More on this newsreel here on this page.


A Bouquet of Happy Memories (1941?)

in La Nuit des talents [Talent Awards Night]
Conseil général de la Somme (France, 2006)

videoed event

On 25 January 2006 at Mégacité, in Amiens, the Somme General Council rewarded nine talents from the Somme department, well known in their professional or association circles for their craft or industrial, scientific or artistic activities. The event was filmed and stored on a 2-DVD set distributed by the General Council.

During the evening, the Musicaa Chamber Chorus conducted by the opera singer Jean-Philippe Courtis, and accompanied by Jean-Pierre Baudon on piano, gave A Bouquet of Happy Memories, a medley of six hit songs composed by Haydn Wood and arranged by himself for four soloists and chorus. At first, they sang The Sea Road, A Brown Bird Singing, It Is Only a Tiny Garden, Bird of Love Divine, and Love's Garden of Roses.


At the close of the evening, Jean-Philippe Courtis sang the baritone solo and conducted the Musicaa Chamber Chorus in Roses of Picardy, the final song in the Bouquet of Happy Memories, again accompanied by Jean-Pierre Baudon on piano.

During the evening, Roses of Picardy was performed in three other different versions.


A Brown Bird Singing (1922)

in The Good Old Days
devised and produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1977)

television variety show series

In this BBC reconstruction of an old-style show, pre-recorded at the City Varieties Theatre in Leeds and broadcast on 3 February 1977, the soprano Valerie Masterson sings A Brown Bird Singing. She is accompanied by the pit orchestra conducted by Bernard Herrmann.

The show can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 23:31.


A Brown Bird Singing

in The Duchess of Duke Street: Poor Little Rich Girl
directed by Cyril Coke (UK, 1977)

television series: season 2, episode 15

London in the mid-1920s: Louisa Trotter is the owner of a small upper-class hotel on Duke Street. Her daughter Lottie longs for a career as a singer, despite her objections.

  

From the entrance hall, some of Louisa's staff stop to listen to Lottie singing upstairs at her first singing lesson.
Her voice teacher accompanies her on piano in
A Brown Bird Singing.
A sheet music of A Brown Bird Singing is on the piano rack.

  

Both actress and actor (Lalla Ward and Jeremy Nicholas) actually performed A Brown Bird Singing
in the course of the sequence shooting.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Trade Secrets: Housekeepers
directed by Iain B. MacDonald (UK, 1995)

television documentary: series 1, episode 5

Housekeepers share some of their tips on cleaning chores, such as cleaning the insides of kettles or making cutlery shine like new. After demonstrating their choices of seeming magic, the documentary shows them catching their breath over a cup of tea in their respective kitchens.

 

The sequence is accompanied by the relaxing tempo of A Brown Bird Singing as if the housekeepers were listening to the radio. Even a clock is ticking in time to the music.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 7:36.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Mysteries & Scandals: Judy Garland
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 1998)

television documentary

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to three moments in this biography of the Hollywood star Judy Garland, which focuses on her changing fortunes.

She made ten films with Mickey Rooney showing her acting talents as well as her fantastic singing voice. In 1938, at age 16, she was a logical choice for the role of Dorothy in the musical The Wizard of Oz; Jerry Maren, one of the Singer Midgets in the film, happily remembers their first day of filming with Judy.


In 1951, she returned to the concert stage; John Carlyle, a longtime friend, is on the verge of tears when he recalls how she then sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ In 1952, she married the producer Sid Luft who
‘kept her away from alcohol and drugs,’ says Alan Livingston, former president of Capitol Records.



In 1955, all Hollywood believed Judy Garland would won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in A Star Is Born. On Oscar night, Judy was in hospital where she had just given birth to her third child, but the winner was Grace Kelly in The Country Girl.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. A Brown Bird Singing is at 4:02, 12:03, and 13:47.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Mysteries & Scandals: Louise Brooks
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 1998)

television documentary

This documentary focuses on a young rebel, the Hollywood actress Louise Brooks.

In 1928 at age 22, she decided to quit Paramount Pictures and went to Berlin at the invitation of Georg Wilhelm Pabst to play the leading role of Lulu in his new film Pandora's Box. Pabst was the first director ever to see all the possibilities that she had. Lulu mesmerized the son of a publisher and the publisher himself, and a countess, in one of the first really frankly lesbian characters on screen. And she finally meets this guy on a street of London; she is pretending at this point to be a prostitute, and he does not have any money but she takes him upstairs anyway … that's the mistake she makes because it turns out to be Jack the Ripper.

    

After completing another film in Germany [the documentary does not specify it was Diary of a Lost Girl directed by Pabst], Louise decided to return to the USA in 1929 despite Pabst's objections.

Once again Hollywood brought out the rebel in Louise Brooks. She turned down roles and when Paramount hired another actress to voice her role in her silent film The Canary Murder Case, she was finished.

  

In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s she wrote essays which appeared in numerous film magazines. She was able to uncover the film-making process and the acting-directing process in a way that no one had ever done before … Her ability with the language was something that was so extraordinary that it struck everyone who appreciated it.

She ‘lived quietly yet still reclusively for many years. Although she'd finally gained a respect and recognition as an actress she deservedLouise didn't seem to careShe was not in good health for several years and finally died in 1985 at the age of 78.

 

And A. J. Benza, host of the documentary, introduces the conclusion: ‘ … What a life!

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to these two sections of the documentary: Louise Brooks in the late 1920s, and Louise Brooks as she aged.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

An excerpt from the documentary can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 7:30 and 12:30.


A Brown Bird Singing

in True Hollywood Story: Alfred Hitchcock
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 1999)
television documentary

This documentary tells the life and career of the Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock. After an introduction, the story is divided into seven parts, each part being followed by a teaser to the rest of the programme, and by commercials.

An orchestral version of A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to the beginning of the teaser which announces the fourth part, with a still of Hitchcock directing Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, and a commentary: Hitchcock gets hot for a nice princess.

Later in the course of the fourth part, A Brown Bird Singing is again the background music to the documentary. The commentary runs: [In 1953,] the director became captivated by the frosty beauty of a starlet named Grace Kelly. Herb Steinberg, former studio head of publicity, adds: She had that frigid manner around her. Except each man looked at her and said “I can melt that”. The commentary resumes: That was precisely the sort of attraction Hitchcock could not resist. In Dial M for Murder, Hitchcock cast the actress as an adulterous wife. He turned Kelly into a glamorous siren, controlling every detail of her appearanceHitchcock could control Kelly's wardrobe but not her private life. Off the set the actress was having an affair with her married co-star, Ray Milland.

    

If Hitchcock was jealous, the director kept his feelings to himself. He again cast Kelly as a seductress in Rear Window. James Stewart played Kelly's boyfriendRear Window is filled with sexual tension that never reaches resolution.

  

Released in 1954, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window were two big hits. Hitchcock's collaboration with Kelly propelled the actress to international stardom. Hitchcock was also on a roll. The director next cast Kelly with Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief. The film was shot on the French Riviera and in the principality of Monaco. Released in 1955, it was another hit.

   

Hitchcock had found his muse, or so he thought. In January 1956, Grace Kelly became engaged to Prince Rainier Ⅲ of Monaco. Suddenly, the actress was lost to Hollywood and to Hitchcock. Herb Steinberg concludes: He was devastated when she got married. This is the end of the fourth part of the documentary, still to the orchestral accompaniment of A Brown Bird Singing.

  

Not only is each part of the documentary followed by a teaser to the rest of the programme, but it also has its own introduction. The fifth part is introduced with a reminder to the viewer that at age 57, Alfred Hitchcock lost his favourite blonde muse to another manBut the director's own star was about to rise in a way he never dreamed, this intensified by A Brown Bird Singing's lyrical orchestration which segues into an ascending burst of a clear harp glissando.

  

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on OK.RU. A Brown Bird Singing is at 32:35, 37:08, 39:00, and 40:55.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Mysteries & Scandals: Jeffrey Hunter
E! Entertainment Television (USA, 2000)
television documentary

This biography of the Hollywood actor Jeffrey Hunter focuses on his changing fortunes.

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to the sequence dedicated to his marriage with the actress Barbara Rush. They were two upcoming young actors and both ambitious. Their son Chris says that their whole lives were photographedthe quintessential Hollywood coupleand it seems to me now … very unreal.’ Though their professional lives were coming together, their marriage was falling apart.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

This documentary can be watched on OK.RU. A Brown Bird Singing is at 4:20.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Chappelle's Show
directed by Bobcat Goldthwait (USA, 2003)

television comedy show series : season 1, episode 3

In the final sketch of this episode, It's a Wonderful Chest, Sheila is bemoaning the fact that her bosom is overly huge. She wants to curse her big breasts away. Dave Chappelle embodies an entity who takes Sheila on a flight of fancy to reveal how terrible life would have been to her without them. And she happily decides to be proud of her chest.

 

A Brown Bird Singing tenderly accompanies Sheila's relief.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?)


A Brown Bird Singing

in Le Shah d'Iran, un homme à abattre [The Shah of Iran, A Marked Man]
directed by Reynold Ismard (France, 2004)

television documentary

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, married three times. This documentary about his domestic and international politics also tells the circumstances of his marriages to Fawzia of Egypt, to Soraya Esfandiary, and eventually to Farah Diba.

     

A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to each of these three stories.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).


A Brown Bird Singing

in Secrets of the Lough - Part 1
directed by Michael Beatie (UK, 2004)

television documentary

A sequence in this documentary evokes the history of Whitehead, Northern Ireland, one of the ‘secretsof the Belfast Lough.


A Brown Bird Singing is the background music to a part of the sequence.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).


A Brown Bird Singing

in Coronation Street
directed by John Anderson (UK, 2005)

television serial: episode 6022

Sally and Kevin really enjoyed having a day out to Blackpool with their girls.
But ‘
it's just a shame we've got work tomorrow.

  

The radio is playing A Brown Bird Singing.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

The episode can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 17:45.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Wellington Bomber
directed by Peter Williams (UK, 2010)

television documentary

One weekend in the early 1940s, at an aircraft factory in Broughton, Wales, a group of men and women managed to build a Wellington Bomber in 23 hours and 50 minutes. Hilda was one of them.

She met Percy Dodd at a dance, he got caught up to go in the Navy, they married in a rush, and she never saw him again for three and a half years.

   

A Brown Bird Singing accompanies their story.

The recording by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).

The documentary can be watched on YouTube. A Brown Bird Singing is at 13:34.


A Brown Bird Singing

in Jul med Ernst [Christmas With Ernst]
produced by Johan Norsebäck (Sweden, 2011)

television series: season 4, episode 1

Ernst Kirchsteiger recorded his yearly festive season programmes at Saxå, in the barn he had just converted into a house the previous summer.

After a break for commercials, the programme resumes with A Brown Bird Singing accompanying exterior and interior shots of the house, with Ernst starting to make apple conserve, and addressing his future audience.

The recording of A Brown Bird Singing by Eric Jupp and the Melodi Strings is from the Chappell recorded music library (UK, 1959?).


The Harvesters' Dance (1921)
from Harvest Time, Suite

in Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip, An Emotional History of Britain - Part 3: Last Hurrah?
directed by Tom McCarthy (UK, 2012)

television documentary

How the British have expressed their feelings throughout the 20th century.

Ian Hislop drives to the British Cartoon Archive at Canterbury. An excerpt from The Harvesters' Dance accompanies the drive to the Archive and finishes while he comments on the cartoon Adaptability to Foreign Conditions by Pont (Graham Laidler).

  

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes recorded music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. The Harvesters' Dance is at 12:50.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March (1946)
from London Landmarks, Suite

in Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
directed by Andrew Grieve (UK, 1990)

television series: season 3, episode 3

A London bank manager is responsible for taking one million dollars in Liberty Bonds to the bank's branch in America. Poirot is hired to keep an eye out for any trouble regarding the bonds, so he and his friend Hastings are able to ride the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary.

  

Another case for Poirot. And there are over two thousand cases which are being loaded safely on board.

The boarding and the departure are told through a reconstructed newsreel which includes original footage from British Movietone News.

The Horse Guards, Whitehall is the background music for the reconstructed newsreel.

The maiden voyage of the Queen Mary took place in 1936 but The Horse Guards, Whitehall was published in 1946.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

The episode can be watched on dailymotion. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 19:29.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in The Extraordinary
ShowBoat (Australia, 1993)

television series: programme 18

The last part of this weekly television programme looks back on the 1946 Australian Epsom at Randwick, Sydney. Left fifteen lengths behind at the start because of the starter's mistake, Shannon, ridden by Darby Munro, made a sensational finish in second place half a head behind the winner.


Entirely illustrated with archive footage, this part of the programme is first accompanied by The Horse Guards, Whitehall.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

This programme can be watched on YouTube. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 36:50.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory
directed by Hans Petch (UK, 2012)

television documentary

In the 1950s, Britain looked back on its epic World War Ⅱ effort in films such as The Dam Busters, The Cruel Sea, and The Colditz Story. However, even at the time these productions were criticised for being class-bound and living in the past.

The journalist and historian Simon Heffer argues that these films have real cinematic merit and a genuine cultural importance, that they tell us something significant not only about the 1950s Britain from which they emerged, but also about what it means to be British today.

After Heffer's introduction, the documentary starts with a series of short excerpts quickly paced to the accompaniment of The Horse Guards, Whitehall.


Another series of short excerpts including film posters terminates the documentary, again to the accompaniment of The Horse Guards, Whitehall which gives a confident mood to the documentary. And Heffer's final words are followed by the final bars of the music.


The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library (London, orchestra and date both unknown).

Haydn Wood's Sketch of a Dandy accompanies another moment in the documentary.

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. The Horse Guards, Whitehall is at 0:59 and 57:03.


The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March

in Iain McGlinchey Plays the Paramount 450
Paramount Organ Works (UK, 2017)

videoed performance

Iain McGlinchey plays The Horse Guards, Whitehall on the Paramount 450 virtual theatre pipe organ.

 

Iain McGlinchey uploaded this video to YouTube.


I Look Into Your Garden (1924)

in Charles Hackett, Leading Tenor of the Chicago Civic Opera Co.
Vitaphone Corporation (USA, 1929)

The American tenor Charles Hackett recorded this ballad by Haydn Wood on Vitaphone, the new sound film system with which Warner Bros. put an end to the silent movies era. Such films were shown in cinemas as a supplement to the main programme.

After he had sung I Look Into Your Garden, Charles Hackett carried on with another ballad, I Heard You Singing, composed by Eric Coates. The pianist's name is not known.


Interlude (1921)
from Harvest Time, Suite

in Natural World: On the Trail of Tarka
produced by Philippa Forrester and Charlie Hamilton James (UK, 2006)

television documentary

A film-maker is in search of otters on the River Torridge in Devon:
– This is Tarka Country, North Devon, immortalized by the author Henry Williamson in a much loved story about an otter who lived and died here.

‘He was called Tarka, which is the name given to otters many years ago, by men dwelling in hut circles on the moor. It means little water wanderer, or wandering as water.’

 

Interlude, with its long held notes descending into two very fast notes, accompanies the documentary's opening sequence.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes recorded music library with William Hodgson conducting the Regent Concert Orchestra (UK, 1939?).

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. Interlude is at 0:18.


Longing, Morceau de Concert (1916)

in Under the Roofs of Paris (Sous les toits de Paris)
directed by René Clair (France, 1930)

In his room under the roof, Albert takes in a troubled Pola for the night—she sleeping in his bed and he on the floor. Early in the morning, there are incessant knocking and loud yelling outside his door. Believing it is the police, Albert hides Paula under a heap of blankets before he opens the door.

Actually, it is Bill, demanding that Albert keep his big bag because he's gotta take a trip. When Bill plunks down on the bed, Pola screams.

Bill gone, Albert tries in vain to kiss Pola.

Some hours later, Pola starts to leave, their good-byes revealing the two of them in limbo regarding their relationship.

An excerpt from Longing for orchestra accompanies this sequence.

Under the Roofs of Paris can be watched on OK.RU. Longing is at 42:14.


Mannin Veen, "Dear Isle of Man", A Manx Tone Poem (1933)

in Symphonic Band - June 2020: Mannin Veen, Haydn Wood
Arts Mackenzie (Canada, 2020)

virtual performance

During the COVID-19 lockdown in Ontario, the Alexander Mackenzie High School Symphonic Band put on ‘a socially distanced, virtual’ performance of Mannin Veen.

They played a shortened version of Mannin Veen. The Head of Music, Eric Hudspith, conducted the band.

This performance can be watched on YouTube.


A May-day, Overture (1919)

in Men, Women, and Clothes - Part 6: Facing the Elements
devised and written by Doris Langley Moore (UK, 1957)

television documentary

This documentary reveals what it took to be stylish through over 250 years of British fashion history.

The Victorians paid homage to summer, with men allowed to appear at a picnic in their shirt-sleeves. But girls were still overdressed with layers of underclothing, tight waists, and crinolines.

  

Although the term Grecian sandals was applied to certain shoes, they were nothing like the light cool shoes of the mid-20th century.

  

Part of the introduction of A May-day, Overture is the background music for this sequence.

The recording is from the Boosey & Hawkes recorded music library with Cédric Dumont conducting
the New Concert Orchestra (UK, 1946?).

This documentary can be watched on YouTube. A May-day, Overture is at 9:13.


Merridale, Quick March (1948)

in Merridale by Haydn Wood
Heritage Quay (UK, 2017)

videoed concert

During the Yorkshire Music Weekend at Heritage Quay (Huddersfield, UK) on 29 July 2017, the Woodsome Beck ensemble premiered an arrangement by June Asquith of Merridale, Quick March.

This excerpt from the concert can be watched on YouTube.


Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park, An Impression (1948)
from Snapshots of London, Suite

in Banks and Streams
British Broadcasting Corporation (UK, 1953)

interlude

Banks and Streams is a shot of the River Ouse, at Olney, Buckinghamshire, accompanied first by Bruce Campbell's Cloudland, then by Haydn Wood's Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park, and then again by Cloudland.

The recording of Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park is from the Chappell recorded music library with Sidney Torch conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (London, 1940s?).

This interlude can be watched on the BBC ARCHIVE. Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park is at 2:51.


Roses of Picardy (1916)

in Roses of Picardy
Triangle Film Corporation (USA, 1918)

in Roses of Picardy
directed by Maurice Elvey (UK, 1927)

in Camera Interviews: Mr F. E. Weatherly, KC, the Famous Song Writer
Pathé Pictorial (UK, 1928)

in Strong and Willing
Vitaphone Corporation (USA, 1930)

in Rudy Starita and His New ‘Octarimba’ in Melodies of Long Ago
Pathé Pictorial (UK, 1936)

in A Friend Indeed
American Red Cross (USA, 1941)

in Forever and a Day
directed by Edmund Goulding, and others (USA, 1942)

in Variety Jubilee
directed by Maclean Rogers (UK, 1943)

in This Happy Breed
directed by David Lean (UK, 1944)

in I Live in Grosvenor Square (aka A Yank in London)
directed by Herbert Wilcox (UK, 1945)

in Devil in the Flesh (Le Diable au corps)
directed by Claude Autant-Lara (France, 1946)

in The Courtneys of Curzon Street (aka Kathy's Love Affair)
directed by Herbert Wilcox (UK, 1947)

in The Good Old Days
produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1959)

in Brian Henderson's Bandstand
directed by Warwick Freeman (Australia, 1961)

in Coronation Street
directed by Christopher McMaster (UK, 1962)

in The Great War: Hell Cannot Be So Terrible
British Broadcasting Corporation (UK 1964)

in World War Ⅰ: Tipperary and All That Jazz
Columbia Broadcasting System (USA, 1964)

in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
directed by Bill Melendez (USA, 1966)

in Picardie Actualités : Il y a cinquante ans … Doullens 26 mars 1918, le commandement unique
[Picardy News: Fifty Years Ago … Doullens 26 March 1918, The Sole Command]
Office de radiodiffusion télévision française (France, 1968)

in Oh! What a Lovely War
directed by Richard Attenborough (UK, 1968)

in Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (aka Monte Carlo or Bust!)
directed by Ken Annakin (Italy, France, UK, 1968)

in Solveigin laulu [Solveig's Song]
directed by Reima Kekäläinen (Finland, 1973)

in Upstairs Downstairs: Peace out of Pain
directed by Christopher Hodson (UK, 1974)

in When the Boat Comes In: A Land Fit for Heroes and Idiots
directed by Ronald Wilson (UK, 1975)

in Aces High
directed by Jack Gold (UK, 1975)

in All You Need Is Love, The Story of Popular Music: Jungle Music, Jazz
directed by Tony Palmer (UK, 1976)

in The Good Old Days
devised and produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1976)

in Vera Lynn Sings
directed by Keith Beckett (UK, 1977)

in A Christmas to Remember
directed by George Englund (USA, 1978)

in The Dick Cavett Show: Oscar Peterson
directed by Richard Romagnola (USA, 1979)

in MASH: Old Soldiers
directed by Charles S. Dubin (USA, 1979)

in The Good Old Days
produced by Barney Colehan (UK, 1980)

in Montand 81
directed by Guy Seligmann (France, 1981)

in Eureka
directed by Nicolas Roeg (UK, 1982)

in One Deadly Summer (L'Été meurtrier)
directed by Jean Becker (France, 1982)

in Montand international
directed by Guy Job (France, 1983)

in The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt
directed by Harrison Engle (USA, 1983)

in A Passage to India
directed by David Lean (UK, 1984)

in Le Téléphone, un pont entre nous [The Telephone, a Bridge Between Us]
Ministère des P.T.T (France, 1984)

in He Died with His Eyes Open (On ne meurt que deux fois)
directed by Jacques Deray (France, 1985)

in A Month in the Country
directed by Pat O'Connor (UK, 1986)

in The Whales of August
directed by Lindsay Anderson (USA, 1986)

in Cause célèbre
directed by John Gorrie (UK, 1987)

in Chasing Rainbows
directed by William Fruet (Canada, 1987)

in Montand de tous les temps [Montand of all time]
directed by Marie-Sophie Dubus and Frédéric Rossif (France, 1987)

in Another Woman
directed by Woody Allen (USA, 1988)

in Yves Montand`i laulud [Songs by Yves Montand]
Eesti Televisioon (Estonia, 1990)

in The House of Eliott
directed by Graeme Harper (UK, 1992)

in Performance: Message for Posterity
directed by David Jones (UK, 1994)

in Johnny and the Dead
directed by Gerald Fox (UK, 1994)

in Black Holes (I buchi neri)
directed by Pappi Corsicato (Italy, 1995)

in Roses of Picardy
directed by Steven Mochrie (UK, 1998)

in Great Battles of the Great War: Here Comes Kitchener's Army
directed by Ed Skelding (UK, 1999)

in Léargas: Ná Lig Sinn i nDearmad ... [Léargas: Lest We Be Forgotten ...]
directed by Pat Butler (Ireland, 2003)

in Ladies in Lavender
directed by Charles Dance (UK, 2003)

in A Little Light Music: Friday Night Is Music Night
directed by Ian Russell (UK, 2005)

in La Nuit des talents [Talent Awards Night]
Conseil général de la Somme (France, 2006)

in Lilies: The Sea
directed by Roger Goldby (UK, 2006)

in Downton Abbey
directed by James Strong (UK, 2011)

in War Horse
directed by Steven Spielberg (USA, 2011)

in Birdsong
directed by Philip Martin (UK, 2011)

in Les Fils du vent [Sons of the Wind]
directed by Bruno Le Jean (France)

in Before the Winter Chill (Avant l'hiver)
directed by Philippe Claudel (France, Luxembourg, 2012)

in An Accidental Soldier
directed by Rachel Ward (Australia, 2013)

in The Danish Girl
directed by Tom Hooper (UK, 2015)

in The People Remember: Courage and Sacrifice
directed by Tim Fransham (UK, 2015)

in Louise by the Shore (Louise en hiver)
directed by Jean-François Laguionie (France, 2015)

in Cézanne et moi
directed by Danièle Thompson (France, 2015)

in Wonder Wheel
directed by Woody Allen (USA, 2017)

in Songs of the Great War
National Trust of Guernsey (UK, 2017)

in Gerald Finley & Julius Drake
Library of Congress Music Division (USA, 2018)

in Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome
directed by Mark O'Brien, Deborah Lovett, and Lizzie Toms (UK, 2018)

in BBC Proms: Last Night of the Proms
directed by Helen Mansfield (UK, 2018)

in Rick Stein's Secret France
Denham Productions (UK, 2018)

in Générations France Musique, le live
Radio France (France, 2018)

in The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
directed by Bridget Caldwell (UK, 2018)

in Living Room Requests: From Deep Purple to Black Velvet Band and Polish Tango
Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman (UK, 2020)

in An Aria a Day: Clarissa Foulcher performs ‘Roses of Picardy’ by Haydn Wood
Opera Queensland (Australia, 2020)

in Falling Stars
directed by Michael Strassen (UK, 2020)

in Roses of Picardy composed by Hadyn [sic] Wood 1916
Flo Bonner (UK, 2020)


Sadler's Wells (At the Ballet) (1948)
from Snapshots of London, Suite

in Potter's Wheel
British Broadcasting Corporation (UK, 1953)

interlude

Potter's Wheel shows the hands of a potter (Georges Aubertin) shaping the same piece of clay over and over again. His process is accompanied first by Charles Williams's The Young Ballerina, then by Haydn Wood's Sadler's Wells.

The recording of Sadler's Wells is from the Chappell recorded music library with Sidney Torch conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (London, 1940s?).

This interlude can be watched on the BBC ARCHIVE. Sadler's Wells is at 2:30.


Sketch of a Dandy (1952)

in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory
directed by Hans Petch (UK, 2012)

television documentary

In the 1950s, Britain looked back on its epic World War Ⅱ effort in films such as The Dam Busters, The Cruel Sea, and The Colditz Story. However, even at the time these productions were criticised for being class-bound and living in the past.

The journalist and historian Simon Heffer argues that these films have real cinematic merit and a genuine cultural importance, that they tell us something significant not only about the 1950s Britain from which they emerged, but also about what it means to be British today.

Heffer swiftly mentions a whimsical comedy (The Titfield Thunderbolt, with brief shots of its making) made by Ealing Studios the same year they made The Cruel Sea.

The conclusion—with much editingof Sketch of a Dandy is the background music to this short sequence.

The recording is by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Leaper (Bratislava, Slovakia, March 1991).

Haydn Wood's The Horse Guards, Whitehall: March accompanies other moments in the documentary.

This documentary can be watched on dailymotion. Sketch of a Dandy is at 8:10.


Slave Dance (1929)
from Egypta, An Egyptian Suite

in Rich and Strange (aka East of Shanghai)
directed by Alfred Hitchcock (UK, 1931)

A young English couple, Fred and Emily Hill, receive a big inheritance and decide to realize all their dreams. They leave for a cruise to the Far East behaving as rich people. Paris is the first stop and the Folies Bergère are not to be missed. In the sheer and low cut gown that she wears for the first time, Emily feels as naked as the chorus girls on stage actually are.

However, a prudish Hitchcock delivers a chaste and abridged reconstruction of a Folies Bergère show. One of the numbers is danced to a few bars of Slave Dance, by exotic female warriors armed with lances and shields.

Rich and Strange can be watched on INTERNET ARCHIVE. Slave Dance is at 11:27.


Vienna, 1913 (1936)
from Frescoes, Suite

in Oh, Boy!
directed by Albert de Courville (UK, 1937)

June Messanger is a model in a London department store. Her boss is one of her lovers.

She is the principal in a fashion show which her other lover also attends.

  

Vienna, 1913 is a waltz, an excerpt of which accompanies the show and the rivals' unfriendly encounter.


Virginia, A Southern Rhapsody (1927)

in Mästarnas Match [Championship Fight] (aka Ingo vs. Floyd)
directed by Per Gunvall (Sweden, 1959)

documentary

Ingemar Johansson (Sweden) versus Floyd Patterson (USA): the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship took place in New York City on 25 June 1959.

Over the last few days before the match, Per Gunvall filmed each of the two opponents and their entourage. An excerpt from Virginia is the background music for the sequence about Patterson. Sometimes pastoral—Patterson was training in a rural area—sometimes ‘athletic,’ the music excerpt is repeated as a loop a couple of times.

The recording is from the Chappell recorded music library with Charles Williams conducting the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra (London, 1942).


When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes, Valse (1911)

in Metro-land
written by John Betjeman and produced by Edward Mirzoeff (UK, 1972)

television documentary

John Betjeman's meditation on the London suburbs served by the Metropolitan Line takes him to the Chiltern Court restaurant which was built above Baker Street station circa 1913. Customers, before they took the train for home, could listen to a band playing for the thé dansant. Betjeman seems to hear the band playing When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes.

The music continues with 1910 footage of Baker Street station followed by a shot of the disused Marlborough Road station.

  

When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes is played by Albert Sandler and his orchestra (London, 1 February 1940).

The documentary can be watched on dailymotion. When the Daisy Opes Her Eyes is at 4:11.


Who Cares? (1929)
from Dear Love

in These Foolish Things
directed by Julia Taylor-Stanley (UK, 2005)

London in 1938: Diana is a young actress who seeks to follow in her famous mother's footsteps. She meets Robin, a struggling playwright.

Who Cares? accompanies an uninterrupted series of short scenes:

Douglas, an actor of some success, tries a new tailor-made suit; he is joined by a friend who is an entertainment columnist.

Robin introduces Diana to his landlady, a retired showgirl who is delighted to have Diana as a new tenant.
Diana smiles to the landlady and to Robin.

Robin at his typewriter.

Diana and Dolly have fun in a park—they had met at a drama school.

Robin on his bed counts what is left of his bank notes.

Diana looks for a bread and butter job in the small ads.

Diana and Dolly line up in a theater agent's waiting room.

Who Cares? is played by Jack Hylton and his orchestra, with Sam Browne singing the chorus (London, 8 November 1929).

These Foolish Things can be watched on OK.RU. Who Cares? is at 8:54.


(to be continued)


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