Eric Coates

(1886 - 1957)
Eric Coates is renowned as one the leading British composers of light music. He started his career as a violist, playing as Principal with the Queen's Hall Orchestra under Sir Henry Wood. His compositional style of orchestral music followed following the example of Edward German and he incorporated rhythms from dance band music from 1920s. Eric Coates was profilic as a song writer and composer of light music orchestral suites. Some memorable melodies have been adopted as radio signature tunes including Knighstbridge (from London Suite) and his valse serenade By the Sleepy Lagoon (for Desert Island Discs). Some of Coates's music has become popular for TV and film including his title March for The Dambusters and use of Halcyon Days from The Three Elizabeths for The Forsythe Saga

Eric Coates Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

London Again Suite

Timpani + 5 percussion
1) vibraphone, suspended cymbal, triangle, 2) snare drum, triangle, tubular bells, 3) orchestral bass drum, glockenspiel, tam tam, 4) clash cymbals, 5) triangle

Oxford Street March (London Again Suite)

Timpani + 4 percussion
1) snare drum, 2), triangle, glockenspiel. 3) clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, 4) orchestral bass drum

Summer Days Suite

Timpani + 3 percussion
1) snare drum, 2) clash cymbals, 3) orchestral bass drum, triangle

The Dambusters March

Timpani + 2 percussion
1) snare drum, glockenspiel, 2) clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle

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