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The Pops Orchestra ( sometimes called a Light Orchestra)  is often employed today to play arrangements of popular songs, film soundtrack scores, and music from shows and musicals. The traditional symphony orchestra is supplemented with a rhythm section with drum set and electric guitar, a saxophone section, and a piano. There may also be a soloist singer using a microphone, and sometimes other instruments such as accordions, harmonicas, pan flutes, etc.

Mantovani's orchestra was famous for recordings of light music and song arrangements. One of Mantovani's trademarks was his "cascading strings" effect, where the violins would split so one player would sustain a note while the next player started the next note, and so on.

Music featuring the Pops Orchestra. Audio is available for 26 tunes for this ensemble.
No.Name of WorkComposerCategoryPeriod
1 Blue TangoAndersonShort PiecePopular Modern
2 CharmaineVariousWaltzPopular Modern
3 Forgotten DreamsAndersonShort PiecePopular Modern
4 Golden SlumbersVariousFolk SongTraditional
5 I'm in the Mood for LoveVariousPopular SongsPopular Modern
6 Jack And JillVariousNursery RhymesTraditional
7 Jingle BellsPierpontPopular SongsTraditional
8 Love is a many Splendored ThingVariousPopular SongsTraditional
9 Picnic TimeVariousPopular SongsTraditional
10 Quando Quando - sambaVariousPopular SongsTraditional
11 Que Sera, SeraVariousWaltzPopular Modern
12 Roses are RedVariousPopular SongsTraditional
13 Rumba from JamaicaVariousPopular SongsTraditional
14 San FranVariousPopular SongsTraditional
15 Sleigh RideAndersonShort PiecePopular Modern
16 Snow White and the seven DwarfsVariousPopular SongsPopular Modern
17 South of the Border TangoVariousPopular SongsTraditional
18 Stranger On the ShoreBilkJazzPopular Modern
19 Summer TimeGershwinJazzPopular Modern
20 Syncopated ClockAndersonShort PiecePopular Modern
21 Tea Cha ChaVariousPopular SongsTraditional
22 Three Coins in the FountainVariousPopular SongsTraditional
23 Waltz No.2 from Suite for Variety Orchestra.ShostakovichWaltzModern (Serious)
24 When I Fall in LoveVariousPopular SongsTraditional
25 When You Wish Upon a StarVariousPopular SongsPopular Modern
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