Yale University’s Irving S. Gilmore Music Library is honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Leroy Anderson with an exhibition entitled “Of Typewriters and Sleigh Bells: A Celebration of Leroy Anderson.” It features seven musical manuscripts in Anderson’s hand, including the immortal “Sleigh Ride,” as well as unusual artifacts such as Anderson’s baton, the typewriter that was used as a musical instrument in The Typewriter, and Gov. Jodi Rell’s official proclamation declaring June 29, 2008 Leroy Anderson Day.
Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was America’s foremost composer of light orchestral music, organizers said. He produced numerous popular classics, including “Sleigh Ride,” “The Typewriter,” “The Syncopated Clock,” and “Blue Tango.” From 1949 until his death, Anderson lived in Woodbury.
Anderson’s widow, Eleanor Anderson, donated the Leroy Anderson Papers to Yale in a series of gifts beginning in 1987. For this exhibition, the Anderson family has generously agreed to lend a wide variety of additional materials.
The exhibition is on display from June 27 to August 29. The Gilmore Music Library is inside Sterling Memorial Library, at 120 High St. During the summer, it is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.