Samuel Soden (20 May 1925 – 29 August 1991),[1] known as Sam Fonteyn, was an English composer-pianist whose most significant output was for the Boosey & Hawkes Music Library, for which he composed and recorded countless works.[2]

Most are short character pieces for the piano with colorful titles indicating the images the pieces are meant to conjure. Others are bright orchestral pieces. Fonteyn's work has been heard on television since he recorded for Boosey & Hawkes in the 1970s. A music library recording was used as the theme of the British sitcom Please Sir! in 1968, and "Pop Looks Bach", originally written for the 1976 Winter Olympics, was later used as the theme of the long-running television programme Ski Sunday.[2] His work has been featured recently on SpongeBob SquarePants, Ren & Stimpy, Nirvanna the Band the Show, and Family Guy (a vaudeville duo use Fonteyn's "Galloping Gertie" as a vamp in a recurring gag).

Soden was born in Birmingham[3] and died in Islington, London.[4]

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  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ a b Green, Thomas H (19 January 2008). "Ski Sunday: Why we still fall for the theme". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  4. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

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Sam Fonteyn on IMDb