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Sunny Side Up: The Music of DeSylva, Brown & Henderson

Robert Farnon & His Orchestra

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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!


Born: July 24, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Robert Farnon, a composer of light classical and "mood music," is a rival to figure such as Eric Coates, David Rose, and Percy Faith. He has also been notably successful in the field of film music since the 1940s. Robert Joseph Farnon was born into a musical family in Toronto, Canada in 1917. He showed a natural aptitude as a musician, and at age 19, was already being employed as an arranger with the Canadian Broadcasting Company Orchestra...
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Sunny Side Up: The Music of DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Robert Farnon & His Orchestra
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Mar 31, 2011

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