Click the links below to hear the pieces in the book.
Binge’s unique ability was to create a musical picture of a subject. Faire Frou Frou conjures up images of the Folies Bergère with Can-can rhythms throughout, although the middle section has a slight similarity to the French National Anthem. Sailing By is one of Binge’s most famous pieces, being used before the late night shipping forecast on BBC radio 4. Composed in 1963, it’s a beautiful slow waltz with the accompaniment suggesting gentle waves lapping. The Watermill was composed in 1958, and suggests a slowly turning wheel in a gently flowing river. Miss Melanie paints a picture of a vivacious, flirty young girl enjoying life to the full.