[78-L] War Of The Wolrds
saag at telia.com.invalid
Tue Sep 15 05:24:57 PDT 2020
Thanks, Elizabeth, for quick reply!
I agree with you about the hokey arrangements, but what about "a bit out
of date"? Both "La Paloma", "La Cumparsita" and "Stardust" peaked in the
late 1930's, as for recordings. And, as far as I understand, the rumba
craze that started around 1930 continued all through the 1930's.
Moreover, weren't "Latin" hotel orchestras, like the fictional Ramón
Raquello Orchestra in "War Of The Worlds", a little less obliged to play
hits of the day, compared to other dance orchestras? If so, Raquello's
orchestra was pretty well up do date!
BTW: another explanation for those hokey arrangements is given by the
programme's producer in this interview:
On 2020-09-15 13:20, Elizabeth McLeod wrote:
> Everything was done live. The orchestra was a group of CBS staff
> musicians under the direction of Bernard Herrmann. The "dance band
> remote" sections were pastiches intended to sound "small time," hence
> the hokey arrangements of tunes that were just a bit out of date.
> Elizabeth On 9/15/20 4:23 AM, "Kristjan Saag" <saag at telia.com.invalid>
>> Was the music used in the Orson Wells radio drama taken from
>> commercial recordings or played by a studio orchestra? I've searched
>> for possible commercial sources, but haven't found any. "La Paloma",
>> for instance, had a revival as dance band number in the 1930's,
>> thanks to a few movies, probably, and notable recordings were made in
>> 1937 by Lecuona Cuban Boys and in 1938 by Xavier Cugat as well as
>> Rosita Serrano. But none of these were used in the radio drama. Any
>> suggestions? Kristjan --- This email has been checked for viruses by
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