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The Greatest Arranger

Robert Farnon had it all: he was a brilliant orchestrator and gifted composer. In my view, his arrangements of standard pop tunes, of which this album is an example without peer, are in a class by themselves.He created incredibly inventive orchestrations with such skill, that to the casual listener, it all just swings on by. But if you listen deeply, you hear instrumental colors, figurations, textures that no one else, with the possible exception of Conrad Salinger came close to creating. Two of the arrangements in this CD are, in my view, the best arrangements produced by anyone in any style: Varsity Drag, and You're The Cream in my Coffee. And I am weighing those two against creations by arrangers such as Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Billy May, Salinger, Gil Evans, Billy Strayhorn. The Best Things in Life Are Free and Black Bottom are also masterpieces. Farnon deserves to be put at the head of the class for his always swinging, inventive, surprising charts. His use of dissonance was always perfect for the moment.
His creative impulse wasn't limited to the big-band things. His ballads, with their characteristic 'romantic' strings likewise provide constant surprises.
Pop music from the great days of the great songwriters doesn't ever get treatments better than these!


Genre: Classical

b. 24 July 1917, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, d. 23 April 2005, Guernsey, Channel Islands, British Isles. Gifted with a prodigious musical talent, early in his life Farnon was accomplished on several instruments, and at the age of 11 was playing with the Toronto Junior Symphony Orchestra. In 1932 he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra where the musical director, Percy Faith, made him responsible for many of the choral arrangements. In 1941 Farnon’s First Symphony was performed by...
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Sunny Side Up: The Music of DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Robert Farnon & His Orchestra
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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Mar 31, 2011

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