Exhibit Pays Tribute to Composer of ‘Sleigh Ride’ and Other Popular Classics
An exhibition honoring the American composer who wrote such popular classics as “Sleigh Ride,” “The Typewriter,” “The Syncopated Clock” and “Blue Tango” is now on display at the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library.
Titled “Of Typewriters and Sleigh Bells: A Celebration of Leroy Anderson,” the exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. It features seven musical manuscripts in Anderson’s hand, including the holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride.” Also on display are such artifacts as the composer’s baton, the typewriter that was used as a musical instrument in a recording of “The Typewriter” and Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell’s official proclamation declaring June 29, 2008, as Leroy Anderson Day.
Anderson (1908-1975) is one of America’s foremost composers of light orchestral music. He was a longtime resident of Woodbury, Connecticut.
His widow, Eleanor Anderson, donated the Leroy Anderson Papers to Yale in a series of gifts beginning in 1987. The Anderson family is lending the library a wide variety of additional materials for this exhibition.
The exhibition is on display through Friday, Aug. 29. The Gilmore Music Library is located inside Sterling Memorial Library at 120 High St. During the summer, it is open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.