Twentieth century English composer Eric Coates (1886-1957) began as a violist. Loss of feeling and strength in his left arm led him into composition and he became known as Britain's "uncrowned king of light music." He also wrote for films, including The Dam Busters. Orchestral works include The Eighth Army March. Among his noted songs is By the Sleepy Lagoon.
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Filmography at the Internet Movie Database includes links to listed films.
Eric Coates (1886-1957)
Biography showing his evolution into a light music and patriotic composer with recommended Naxos discography.
Eric Coates: Thoughts on and Recollections of his Music
Philip Scowcroft, author of British Light Music Composers, reflects on the man and his compositions. Written familiarly and with respect and admiration.
Grave of Eric Coates
Find a Grave photograph of the marker for him, his wife Phyllis, and their son Austin with link to other notables in the Golders Green Crematorium, London, England.
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