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Of Typewriters and Sleigh Bells: A Celebration of Leroy Anderson

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Of Typewriters and Sleigh Bells: A Celebration of Leroy Anderson
June 27-August 29 2008
Gilmore Music Library, Sterling Memorial Library

This exhibition in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Leroy Anderson features seven musical manuscripts in Anderson’s hand, including the immortal Sleigh Ride, as well as unusual artifacts such as Anderson’s baton, the typewriter that was used as a musical instrument in The Typewriter, and Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell’s official proclamation declaring June 29, 2008 Leroy Anderson Day.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was America’s foremost composer of light orchestral music. He produced numerous popular classics, including Sleigh Ride, The Typewriter, The Syncopated Clock, and Blue Tango. From 1949 until his death, Anderson lived in Woodbury, Connecticut. Anderson’s widow, Eleanor Anderson, donated the Leroy Anderson Papers to Yale in a series of gifts beginning in 1987. For this exhibition, the Anderson family has generously agreed to lend a wide variety of additional materials.