Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1992 Tory Campaign Music: Can You Help?

Andrew Lloyd Webber composed a piece of music for the Tory 1992 election campaign, which was played in their PPBs and before John Major's public appearances. It was a jazzed up version of a piece of classical music a Rondo, I think. Can anyone tell me what it was based on, or where I can download it?

10 comments:

canvas said...

ALW > Taking credit for coming up with the theme for the Tories' 1992 general election campaign, which in reality involved "arranging" a piece of classical music from over 300 years ago, which in reality involved adding a bit of percussion and having the trumpet play a bit louder...

ghastly man.

jailhouselawyer said...

Sorry I haven't got a clue. However, if you are thinking of the next General Election, the Tories can do no worse than use the theme from Titanic.

Rohan said...

The Rondo from Henry Purcell's Abdelazar.
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Isaby said...

It's a rearrangement of Purcell's Rondo from Abdelazar. I believe I have the official version on cassette somewhere. In the meantime, you can see a version of it performed at a school concert in Japan here..

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AuAZ8V9gOvw

Mike Wood said...

I've got it on tape.
I'll upload it and email you a link

Chris Paul said...

ALW did not compose this thing. See above.

I liked the use of Danse Macabre aka Tales of the unexpected with the Lib Dem conference of 2007 (or 06?).

Andrew Allison said...

If my memory serves me correctly, it was also the same Rondo used by Britten in his Young Persons' Guide to the Orchestra.

DespairingLiberal said...

Crumbs, this is sad.

What next, "can I have Mike Oldfields phone number?"

Kevin Davis said...

It was "The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra" - and damn good it was to, about the only campaign tune that ever stuck in my mind.

It was by Benjamin Britten and was sub-titled Variations and Fugue on a theme of Purcell.

The themes itself comes from a piece called Abdulazar by Purcell.

Too much information!

Amazing what PPC's know.

Russ said...

Hi Mike. Did you upload your version? Would really like a link to it if poss?

Thanks

Russ