ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

Crossings, Op 23

October-November 1919

Suite for orchestra: 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, triangle, cymbals, harp (or celesta in 2), strings

1. Overture (5th November)

2. The Arrival (19th October)

3. Butcher, Baker and Candlestickmaker (27th October)

4. Scherzo (The Snow Tea) (14th October)

5. Christmas Eve (9th-10th November)

MS: RCM 4853: score, bound, dated, with note by CAG on the origins of the play

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Ei: Copyist’s MS, score, ink, dated 10 November 1919, 72 pages

Curwen 1919 No. 90753 (‘but no printed copy exists’, RCM) NA

Armstrong Gibbs Society holds a printed copy of score and parts. See Music Downloads.

Dedicated to My Wife

First performance 1920 at RCM; 16th September 1920 Queen’s Hall Promenade Concert

See Solo Songs p. 316; Stage and Screen p. 358; Orchestral Music – Piano and strings p. 359

A Vision of Night, Op 38

October-November 1921

Symphonic poem for orchestra: piccolo, 2 flutes, bass flute, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, sarrusophone or contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, triangle, cymbals, harp, celesta, piano, strings

MS: RCM 4843: score, dated

Curwen 1923, NA.

Armstrong Gibbs Society holds a printed copy of score and parts. See Music Downloads.

Dedicated to Arthur Bliss

First performance 8th March 1923 by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; 5th September 1923 Promenade Concert.

Oboe Concerto, Op 48

1923

2 flutes (piccolo), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals, bass drum, harp, strings (solo quartet in second movement)

1. Andante, molto rubato

2. Lento assai

3. Allegro con brio

RCM 4846: Copyist’s MS ‘corrected by CAG’; also 16 leaves of sketches of whole work ‘CAG Wildcroft Feb. 2 1923’.

MS: BL Add. 71965: MS score with conductor’s markings in pencil, Léon Goossens Collection.

Curwen ?1923 ‘but no printed copy exists’; Gibbs Society holds a newly printed copy of score and parts

Dedicated to Leon Goossens

First performance ?21st January 1927 at Bradford Permanent Orchestra Concert – Léon Goossens

Symphony in E minor (No. 1), Op 70

1931–32

2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, side drum, cymbals, harp, celesta, strings (solo quartet in 2)

1. Allegro con fuoco (completed May 7 1931), 7′55″

2. Poco lento e semplice (scored Feb 27/28 1931), 7′57″

3. Allegro con brio, 3′39″

4. Lento – Tempo di Marcia sollene (September 1931), 5′07″

MS: RCM 4856: score

Duration: 29′

Curwen No.90844, score and parts

First performance 29th October 1932 at BBC Sunday Symphony Concert conducted by Adrian Boult

Fancy Dress, Op 82

1934*

Dance suite for full orchestra: 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, triangle, cymbals, harp, strings, piano

1. Hurly–Burly

2. Dance of the Mummers

3. Dusk: waltz See Solo Songs p. 324, – other accompaniments p. 327; Orchestral – Small orchestra p. 358 – Piano and strings p. 360; Chamber Music p. 365; Piano p. 368; Other instrumental p. 369

4. Pageantry: processional

Duration: 15′

Dedicated to Leslie Boosey

Unpublished but listed by B&H ‘score and parts on hire’

See Orchestral Music – Small orchestra p. 358

Choral Symphony (Odysseus), Op 90

1937–38

See Chorus and Orchestra p. 329 for details

Dance Suite

1942

1. Dance of Ceremony

2. Dance of the Clowns

3. Dance of Dreams

Symphony No. 3 In B♭ (Westmorland), Op 104

1943–44

for full orchestra: 2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, triangle, cymbals, harp, strings

1. ‘I will lift up mine eyes’, 11′23″

2. Cartmel Fell, 9′54″

3. Weathers, 5′48″

4. The Lake, 7′59″

MS: B–P Archive, Box 8: full score, ink, 129 pages and title page, ‘finished 4 November 1944’

Duration: 35′

Assigned to Boosey & Hawkes. B&H full score and parts on hire

First performance 23rd August 1945 – BBC in Manchester

See Piano p. 368

Four Orchestral Dances

1959

1. Scherzetto, 3′

2. Dream, 4′30″

3. Graceful Dance, 3′20″

4. Processional Dance, 5′

2 Flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, percussion, harp, strings

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Ei: score, ink, dated, 79 pages and title page

Duration: 17′

Unpublished, but Gibbs Society holds a newly printed copy of score and parts