STAGE And SCREEN

Crossings, Op 20

February–April 1919

Incidental music to the play by Walter de la Mare

Flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, piano

RCM 4851: MS score, 13 numbers separately dated, 63 pages and Fairy Music cues for piano conductor

RCM 4852: Copyist’s MS, 94 pages and Fairy Music cues for piano conductor

Beaumont Press 1921 [BL: Case100g7], decorations by Randolph Schwabe, Libretto and the four solo songs. NA

F. B. Goodwin 1921, parts NA; W. Collins 1924 [BL: C410], libretto and piano score. NA; piano score [BL: D11779f65]

First performance 21 June 1919 at The Wick School, Brighton, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, produced by Edward Dent.

Gibbs Society holds a printed copy of score and parts.

See Solo Songs p. 2; Orchestral Music – full orchestra p. 46, piano and strings p. 48

The White Devil or Vittoria Corombona, Op 28

February 1920

Incidental music to the play by John Webster

String quartet

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Dv: score, ink, dated, 17 pages and title page; copyist’s string parts

Unpublished

First performance 1920 for Marlowe Society at Cambridge University

The Betrothal, Op 31

1920–21

Incidental music to the Faery play by Maeterlinck (sequel to The Blue Bird)

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, percussion, harp, strings

1. Prelude

2. The Great Choice

3. The Start of the Journey

4. Ballet Music

5. The Abode of the Ancestors

6. Near the Stars

7. The Awakening

8. The Farewell

9. Tyltyl and Joy

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Di: ink, 368 loose pages; piano score, title page

B. Feldman & Co 1921, piano score [BL: g1125b30]

First performance 8th January 1921 at The Gaiety Theatre, London, produced by H. Granville Barker

See Op 34 below

The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Op 33

1920–21

Incidental music to the play in 3 acts with English verse translation by R.C. Trevelyan

Flute(piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, cymbals, triangle, harp, piano, strings

1. Agammemnon

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Div: bound full score, ink, 101 pages and title page

2. The Choephori

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Div: bound full score, ink, 67 pages and title page

3. The Eumenides

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Div: bound full score, ink, 93 pages and title page

Cambridge, Bowes & Bowes 1921 [BL: G760x2 and G1177b], for the Greek Play Committee, Cambridge University. NA

Goodwin & Tabb 1921, cr, vocal score [BL: G190h3], English and Greek. NA

First performance 2nd March 1921 at Cambridge University New Theatre

The Betrothal, Op 34

2nd June 1921

Ballet music for the play by Maeterlinck, a revision of the Ballet Music from Op 31

Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, triangle, cymbals, bass drum, tambourine, celesta, harp, strings

MS: RCM 4844: full score, dated

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Ei: Copyist’s full score, ink, bound, 61 pages and title page

Duration: 10′40″

Unpublished; Gibbs Society holds a newly printed copy of score and parts.

First performance 30th March 1922, Bournemouth conducted by Dan Godfrey

See Op 31 above and Piano p.53.

The Blue Peter, Op 50

July-October 1923

Comic Opera in one act for 4 soloists (SATB) and orchestra

Words by A. P. Herbert

Flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, triangle, cymbals, timpani, harp or piano, strings

RCM 4575: MS conductor’s score, dated, 110 pages

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Dii: Copyist’s MS, ink, dated, bound, 127 pages, title page

Duration: 45′

Stainer & Bell 1925, cr, [BL: F690gg2] Carnegie Collection of British Music NA.

Dedicated to S. P. Waddington

First performance at the RCM in 1923

Midsummer Madness, Op 51

October 1923-March 1924

Play for music in 3 acts for 4 soloists (SATB) with small orchestra: flute, 2 clarinets, bassoon, string quartet and piano

Words by Clifford Bax.

MS: RCM 4848: score, dated, 202 pages, and 6 separate removed/alternative/unidentified sections, 36 pages

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Diii: ink, vocal score, printer’s copy, 113 pages; orchestral score without voices, 41 pages

Curwen 1924 vocal score [BL: F690nn1] Music Sales.

Dedicated to Clifford Bax

First performance 3 July 1924 at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

See Solo Songs p. 4

April Fools

February 1925

Play for children for soloists and chorus with piano

Words by Violet M. Methley

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Di: ink, dated, 21 pages (loose, due to damage), typed libretto

Curwen 1925 vocal score. [BL: E890e3] Music Sales.

The Sting of Love, Op 56

1926

One act comic opera for soloists and small orchestra: flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, piano, strings

Words by Leonard Angus Gibbs.

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Dv: ink, dated, 102 pages and title page, bound

Unpublished

First performance January 1927, the Winter Gardens Bournemouth conducted by Armstrong Gibbs

Duration: 35′

When one isn’t there, Op 60

1927

Children’s operetta for soloists, chorus and piano

Words by C. W. Emlyn

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Dv: ink, dated, 22 pages and title page

Curwen 1928 vocal store [BL: E1592dd4]

Lorna Doone

*1933

Music for the film

Script by Basil Dean after R. D. Blackmore

See Love’s Wisdom: Solo Songs p. 321; other accompaniments p. 327

Incidental Music to the pageant play St. Elizabeth Of Hungary, Op 81

February – March 1935

SATB/TB, string orchestra and timpani

Words by A. J. Gregory Nicholson

MS: B–P Archive, Box 8: full score, ink, 28 pages, Box 3; MS, vocal score, bound, 25 pages and title page

Boosey & Co 1935 [BL: E1592rr5] SATB chorus parts only (‘vocal score and parts available’ B&H 2006)

Twelfth Night, Op 83

1935 – 1936

Play with music in 3 acts

Three trumpets (optional), timpani (optional), strings

Words by William Shakespeare

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Dvii: full score, ink, individual parts, ink; rough version including piano reduction, pencil

Unpublished

First performance 20th June 1936 at Danbury Park

See Fulfilment: Solo Song p. 322; Stage and Screen p. 356

Henry BrockenIncidental Music, Op 88

1937

Solo voices, string quartet and piano

Words by Walter de la Mare

MS: B–P Archive, Box 8: full score, ink, 22 pages and title page, parts

See Solo Song p. 322; Chamber Music p. 364

Unpublished

Music from the Sea

1937

Play for broadcasting.

Women’s voices and small orchestra

Words by Walter de la Mare

Unpublished

First performance 5 December 1937 on BBC National programme, conducted by Joseph Lewis

Duration 25′

The Three Kings, Op 89

May – August 1937

A Nativity Play in 4 acts, SATB or SA with string orchestra (basses optional) and piano (or organ) or two pianos or piano or organ

Words by Mordaunt Currie

MS: B–P Archive, Box 8: full score, ink, strings and piano, bound, 70 pages and title page; Box 7: MS, vocal score, ink, dated, printer’s copy, 58 pages, title page, and page of instructions

Duration 90′

Winthrop Rogers 1937 [BL: F1269ww5], vocal Score (SATB), vocal score (SA), with tonic solfa, ‘libretto and orchestral parts may be hired’ from B&H

Dedicated to Frieda and Francis Scott ‘in gratitude and affection’

World Premiere 05/12/1964 Prospect Hill School, New Haven, Connecticut

Students from the Prospect Hill School

Twelfth Night, Op 115

1946

Opera in 3 acts and 7 scenes for soloists, chorus and small orchestra: flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, piano, strings

Words by Shakespeare adapted by Mordaunt Currie

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Dvi: ink, full score, dated, 478 pages, title pages, composer’s note; Bag Dvii: vocal score, ink, 181 pages

Unpublished

See Stage and Screen p. 355

The Great Bell of Burley, Op 128

January-Febuary 1950

Opera for young singers in 3 acts

for SSA or SSAT/B and 2 pianos

Words by Nancy Bush

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Di: pencil, dated, 116 pages and 2 title pages (original draft)

Novello; libretto Music Sales. Gibbs Society holds many copies.

Duration: 90′

Novello 1952 vocal score [BL: E1598a1]; 1954 revised edition vocal score [BL: E1598d1]. Novello; libretto Music Sales

The Promised One

2nd December 1952

Incidental music to play by Benedict Ellis

Voices, harp and strings

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Cii: vocal score, pencil, dated, 40 pages and title page

Unpublished

First performance on BBC Radio in 1952

See A Saviour Born: Chorus and Orchestra, p. 330

Mr. Cornelius

February 1953

Romantic opera in one Act

Soloists and flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, alto saxophone, bassoon, 2 horns, timpani, triangle, piano, strings

Words by Benedict Ellis

MS: B–P Archive, Box 3: full score and vocal score, ink, dated; Bag Diii: MS, vocal score of separate numbers, pencil and ink, some dated in autumn 1952

Unpublished

See The cat and the wedding cake and Mediterranean: Orchestral – small orchestra p. 359

The Gift

April-May 1957

Choral mime for narrator, women’s chorus (two–part) and miming troupe

with accompaniment for strings and piano

Words by Benedict Ellis

MS: B–P Archive, Bag Dii: vocal score, ink, dated, printer’s copy, 46 pages and title page, spoken text

OUP 1958 vocal score [BL: F1267zz3] NA. Gibbs Society holds a copy.

First performance 27 May 1958 at Scala Theatre for Townswomen’s Guild Silver Jubilee

See God be in my Head: Part Songs – unaccompanied p. 344, Part Songs – with piano p. 348; and Pudding Song: Part songs with Piano p. 349