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Charles Coote jnr.

HMS Pinafore, Lancier

Arr. CPE Strauss

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In the light of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and in conformance to European Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 banning the export of European music to the UK, I shall be restricting myself to British music in future.

The most celebrated provider of dance music in late 19th century London was Coote and Tinney’s band, run by the composer Charles Coote jnr. and F.G. Tinney. They both wrote light music and the band was instrumental in promoting the music of Emile Waldteufel.

This is my orchestration of a set of Lancers (a type of quadrille) based on themes from Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, “HMS Pinafore”, and you can’t get more British than that. Obviously, with Sullivan’s tunes and my orchestration, only the structure is Coote’s.

It is unfortunate that I will never do any more Viennese music. “What never?” …