Today’s song of the day is Ronald Binge’s Elizabethan Serenade, probably Binge’s best known composition written in 1951. The original title of the piece was ‘Andante Cantabile’ but the name was altered by the composer to reflect the optimism of the new Elizabethan age beginning with the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.
The piece won Binge an Ivor Novello award and it also had chart success in Germany and South Africa. A version with lyrics by poet Christopher Hassall called Where the Gentle Avon Flows was released and the work also had lyrics added in German, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Danish and French. The piece was used as the theme to Music In Miniature on the BBC Light Programme.
I heard this piece being performed yesterday by The Linden Wind Orchestra at the Hampton Court Jubilee Garden Party.
In 1970, a reggae version called “Elizabethan Reggae” by Boris Gardiner & the Love People was released.