Of Tapp’s single movements, most substantial is the overture Beachy Head, one of several maritime ones in the English repertory; others include the entr’acte A Wayside Melody, Woodland Echoes (for Bosworth, as was Land of Fancy) and the library miniature, yet again for Bosworth, Fighter Command(1942), cheerful and encouraging rather than heroic – and thus, though similar in subject, a good contrast with the almost contemporary Spitfire Prelude by Sir William Walton. Tapp was not of course, a purely orchestral composer. His Waltz Idyll a la Viennoise (1938) was published for piano solo and examples of his song output were The Green Lanes of England and, from 1934, Highgate Hill.
This biography first appeared in ‘Journal Into Melody’, December 2010.
Two compositions by Frank Tapp are available on Guild Music’s ‘Golden Age of Light Music’ CDs:
GLCD5107 Beachy Head Overture
GLCD5164 Fighter Command