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Ronald Binge

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Ronald Binge (July 15, 1910, Derby – September 6, 1979, Ringwood, Hampshire) was a British composer and arranger of light music.

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Ronald Binge was born in a working-class neighbourhood in Derby in the English Midlands. In his early life he was a cinema organist and later started working in summer orchestras in British seaside resorts, for which he learned to play the piano accordion. His skill as a cinema organist was put to good use, and he played the latter instrument in Mantovani’s first band, the Tipica Orchestra. During the Second World War, Binge served in the Royal Air Force, during which time he was much in demand organising camp entertainment.

After the end of the war, Mantovani offered him the job of arranging and composing for his new orchestra. In 1951, his arrangement of “Charmaine”” gave him and Mantovani worldwide success and recognition. However, he later tired of writing arrangements and turned to composing original works and film scores.

He died of liver cancer in 1979, aged 69.

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Binge was interested in the technicalities of composition and was most famous as the inventor of the “cascading strings” effect which is the signature sound of the Mantovani orchestra, much used in their arrangements of popular music. It was originally created to capture the essence of the echo properties of a building such as a cathedral, although it later became particularly associated with easy listening music genre.

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