Leroy Anderson’s –The Typewriter

This composition is titled The Typewriter.  Many of the younger among you might not know what a typewriter does. Before there were computers and word processing software and printers, typewriters were used to produce written documents in offices, and letters that were mailed. Since Leroy Anderson, the composer, worked at the Pentagon during World War II, he undoubtedly heard the typing pool filled with young women typing up documents with the bells and carriage returns. I’m sure that’s what inspired this song. This is only one of a long line of amazing and unique works that Leroy Anderson wrote primarily for the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Thanks Solimusi Vocesparalapaz

Alfredo Anaya played “The Typewriter” (as the soloist). The orchestra in Spain, La orquesta nacido en la Madrid, was conducted by Miguel Roa. The title of the work in Spanish is La Máquina del Escribir. The music was written by Leroy Anderson in 1950. I’m not familiar with this score or drum scores in classical music, but the key taps, bells, and carriage returns were most likely in the Orchestra score. This was performed beautifully by Sr. Anaya and with a very dry sense of humor, which made it such a wonderful performance.  The audience loved it; the orchestra loved it.

I remember this song from my childhood. Of course, we are living in the “post typewriter” era. I used typewriters all through college. In fact, writing various papers and manuscripts in college, I went through four typewriters. I got my first computer with the word processor WordStar in 1986 and then I gave away the last of my typewriters.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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