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Leroy Anderson was the composer behind light music classics such as 'The Typewriter', and the Christmas favourite, 'Sleigh Ride'. Championed by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Anderson has been dubbed by John Williams as "one of the great American masters of light orchestral music."
Born to Swedish parents on 29 June 1908 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the young Leroy Anderson was given his first piano lessons by his mother, a church organist. When he was 11, he began studying piano at the New England Conservatory of Music. Within six years he was composing, orchestrating and conducting the school orchestra.
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