Take a ride on the Reading one-horse sleigh

The Carpenters perform “Sleigh Ride.” The song was originally written for orchestra by Leroy Anderson, who conceived of it in 1946 and completed it in 1948. The lyrics were composed in 1950 by Mitchell Parrish. The original recording was by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops in 1949. According to ASCAP, it consistently ranks as …

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Pops goes Christmas

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops play a medley of “Here We Come A-Caroling/O Tannenbaum/I Saw Three Ships” from a 1972 performance with choir. The Pops have surely been able to attract charismatic conductors, haven’t they? From Fiedler (fifty years!) to John Williams (fourteen years) to Keith Lockhart (1995 to present), they’ve been led by …

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Pops goes Caroling

Airing tonight on PBS is an hour-long program called “Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops” in which Keith Lockhart leads the orchestra in Christmas music. In honor of that, here’s Arthur Fiedler conducting one of their versions of “Sleigh Ride.” There are at least three different albums in which he and the orchestra played it, …

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