Leonard Salzedo

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Leonard Salzedo (24 September 1921, London – 6 May 2000, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire) was an English composer and conductor of Spanish descent.

He studied composition under Herbert Howells and violin under Isolde Menges at the Royal College of Music in London, before becoming a professional composer in 1944. He worked closely with the Ballet Rambert, for whom his first ballet, The Fugitive, was commissioned. His most successful ballet was The Witch Boy based on the ‘Ballad of Barbara Allan’.

He was musical director of the Ballet Rambert from 1967 to 1972 and principal conductor with the Scottish Ballet from 1972-74. He became musical director of the City Ballet of London in 1982 and devoted himself full-time to composition from 1986.

He wrote 18 film scores, perhaps the most praised of which was that for Hammer's The Revenge of Frankenstein in 1958.

The fanfare which forms the first six bars of Salzedo's Divertimento for three trumpets and three trombones, opus 49 (1959), was used as the theme tune for the Open University's educational programmes on BBC television and radio from the 1970s to the 1990s. Another of his tunes, Guadalajara, was used by the BBC to accompany their "pie chart" schools' presentation during the 1960s and early 1970s.

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  • Larson, Randall D. Music from the House of Hammer: Music in the Hammer Horror Films, 1950-1980. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 1996.

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