My local NPR station (91.9 FM WUIS Springfield, IL) played an interesting song Friday afternoon at about 2:00 PM Central Standard Time, IIRC. I believe it was on the Performance Today program, but it could have been earlier in the day, before PT begins (on my NPR station PT begins at Noon or 1:00, I think).
Anyway, the song gave me a kind of modern, elevator music kind of vibe, reminiscent of Henry Mancini or Percy Faith. It was high on orchestration and melody. It had an upbeat tempo and had a weird arrangement. Basically a piano (or maybe two) would play a melody for a few bars, then the orchestra would go on playing that melody, or variations, then back to the piano, with more variations, repeating the cycle up to a rather exciting conclusion.
I have completely forgotten the name of the composer. It sounded like an American name, and ISTR an “L” and an “A” in the name. Something like Lawrence Anderson, or LeRoy Allen, or something like that.
However, the playlist for that date doesn’t list any composers with any name sounding like what I just mentioned. So I either imagined the name, heard it wrong, or else PT plays some selections that aren’t included on the day’s playlist.
Here are the names on that day’s playlist:
Grieg (“Morning Mood” and Nocturne in C Major, Op. 54, No. 4)
Martucci (Fantasia in G Minor, Op. 51)
Joseph Lanner (called “The Waltz King” on PT’s website, but the song I heard didn’t sound like any waltz I’ve ever heard)
Mozart (definitely was not Mozart)
Anyway, does my vague description ring any bells? And are there any American, British, Australian or Kiwi composers named “L- A-”? Any of the composers on Friday’s playlist have a song like I described? I’d love to hear it again!