Works

Sir Granville Bantock’s catalogue of music exceeds eight hundred works, including original compositions in every genre as well as many arrangements and transcriptions of his own and others’ work.

Consequently, this list is by no means exhaustive and consists fundamentally of a selection of Bantock’s major published works.

The selection has been compiled, edited and annonated where necessary from four sources:

  Grove Music Online
  Volume II of Trevor Bray’s PhD thesis on Granville Bantock (Cambridge, 1972)
  Catalogue of the Granville Bantock Collection held in the Special Archives at the University of Birmingham
  Stephen Banfield’s critical study, ‘Sensibility and English Song’ (Cambridge University Press, 1985)


Details of orchestration/intrumentation, choral forces and publishers can be acquired from the Society’s Music Administrator.

Titles marked † are unpublished.

 

Stage works

1891
  Ramses II: A Drama of Ancient Egypt (Ballet Suite)
   
1892
  Caedmar: a Romantic Opera in One Act (Libretto: Granville Bantock)
   
1893
  The Pearl of Iran: a Dramatic Opera in One Act (Libretto: Granville Bantock)
   
1894
  Electra: Incidental Music
   
1896
  Eugeue Aram: unfinished opera (see under Reciter and Orchestra)
   
1899
  Aegypt: a Dramatic Ballet in Three Scenes†
   
1908
  Hippolytus: Incidental Music†
The Great God Pan: Choral Ballet in Two Scenes and Prologue (Libretto: Helen F. Bantock)
   
1917
  Harlequinade: Incidental Music†
   
1918
  Salome: Incidental Music†
   
1919
  Judith: Incidental Music
   
1924
  The Seal Woman: a Celtic Folk Opera in Two Acts (Libretto: Marjory Kennedy-Fraser)
   
1926
  Macbeth: Incidental Music
   
1938
  Fairy Gold: a Play for Children with Music: Incidental Music

Works for Chorus and Orchestra

1892
  The Fire-Worshippers: A Dramatic Cantata in Six Scenes (words by Thomas Moore)
   
1901
  Christus: A Festival Symphony in Five Parts (words from the Bible)
   
1906
  Sea Wanderers (words by Helen F. Bantock)
The Time Spirit (words by Helen F. Bantock)
   
1906–1909
  Omar Khayyám (words from The Ruba’iyat according to Edward Fitzgerald)
   
1907
  Christ in the Wilderness (no.2 of ‘Christus’) (words from the Bible)
   
1910
  Gethesamane (no.4 of ‘Christus’) (words from the Bible)
   
1914
  Song of Liberty (words by Helen F. Bantock)
composed for the 21st Festival of the Independent Labour Party, Bradford
   
1922
  The Song of Songs (words from the Bible)
   
1928
  The Burden of Babylon (words from the Bible)
The Pilgrim’s Progress (words by John Bunyan)
   
1937
  King Solomon (words from the Bible)
composed for the coronation of King George VI
 

Works for Solo Voice and Orchestra

1892
  Wulstan† (words by Granville Bantock)
   
1905
  Ferishtah’s Fancies (words by Robert Browning)
Sappho (texts selected by Helen F. Bantock)
   
1912
  As I Ride (words by Robert Browning)
   
1919
  The March (words by J.C. Squire)
   
1921
  The Vale of Arden† (words by A. Hayes)
   
1926
  Pagan Chants (words by Wilfred Thorley)
   
1941
  The Sphinx† (words by Oscar Wilde)
   
1946
  Thomas the Rhymer† (words by Sir Walter Scott)
Works for Reciter and Orchestra
1892
  Eugene Aram† (text based on works by Bulwer Lytton and Thomas Hood)
The Blessed Damozel† (words by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
Thorvenda’s Dream (words by Granville Bantock)
Songs
Bantock composed over four hundred songs. The selection below consists of his major song-cycles.
   
1896–1898
  Songs of the East (six cycles)
I. Songs of Arabia; II. Songs of Japan; III. Songs of Egypt;
IV. Songs of Persia; V. Songs of India; VI. Songs of China
   
1898
  Six Jester Songs
   
1905
  Five Ghazals of Hafiz
   
1913
  Songs of the Seraglio
   
1918–1933
  Songs from the Chinese Poets (six cycles)
   
1920
  Five Songs of the Chinese
   
1920–1922
  Dramatic Lyrics (three sets)
   
1921
  Songs of Arcady
   
1921
  Songs of Shelley
   
1922
  The Garland of Meleager
   
1924
  Six Sacred Songs
   
1930
  Celtic Songs
   
1939/1941
  Ten Songs from the Chinese
Orchestral works
1894
 

Orchestral Scenes from Southey’s ‘The Curse of Kehama’
I. Processional; II. Jaga-Naut
Dramatic Dances
I. Snake Dance; II. Veil Dance; III. Dagger Dance

   
1897
  Saul (Symphonic Overture)
   
1889
  Elegiac Poem (for solo cello and orchestra)
‘Helena’: Orchestral Variations of the Theme H.F.B.
Russian Scenes
I. At the Fair; II. Mazurka; III. Polka; IV. Valse; V. Cossack Dance
Thalaba the Destroyer (Tone-Poem no.1)†
   
1901
  Dante (revised as ‘Dante and Beatrice’, 1910) (Tone-Poem no.2)†
   
1902
  Hudibras (Tone-Poem no.4)†
The Witch of Atlas (Tone-Poem no.5)
Lalla Rookh (Tone Poem no.6)†
   
1906
  Sapphic Poem (for solo cello and orchestra)
   
1908
  The Pierrot of the Minute: Comedy Overture
   
1909
  Old English Suite
I. Pastorale; II. Romance; III. Intermezzo; IV. Benedictus; V. Hornpipe
   
1910
  Dante and Beatrice
   
1911
  Fifine at the Fair: Orchestral Drama (Tone-Poem no.3)
Overture to a Greek Tragedy: Oedipus Coloneus
   
1912
  In the Far West
   
1913
  Scenes from the Scottish Highlands
I. Strathspey; II. Dirge; III. Quickstep; IV. Gaelic Melody; V. Reel
   
1914
  Celtic Poem (for solo cello and orchestra)
   
1915
  Hebridean Symphony
The Land of the Gael
I. Strathspey; II. A Friskey Love Lilt; III. Quickstep; IV. Ancient Melody; V. Reel
   
1918
  Coronach (for harp, organ and strings)
   
1919
  Hamabdil (for solo cello and orchestra)
   
1920
  The Sea Reivers: Orchestral Ballad†
Caristiona: Hebridean Seascape†
   
1923–8
  Pagan Symphony: ‘Et ego in Arcadia vixi’
   
1935
  The Frogs: Comedy Overture
   
1936
  Chinese Landscapes
I. Distant Mountain and Wild Geese; II. Mist over the Village; III. Fishermen play with their Flutes in the Quiet Dusk; IV. Anchoring at Evening on the Misty Bank
   
1939
  Aphrodite in Cyprus: Symphonic Ode
   
1940
  Celtic Symphony (for six harps and strings)
Macbeth: Overture
   
1941
  Overture to a Greek Comedy: The Women’s Festival
Comedy Overture: Circus Life
   
1944
  Heroic Ballads
I. Cuchullin’s Lament; II. Kishmul’s Gallery
The Seagull of the Land-Under-Waves: Hebridean Poem
   
1946
  The Birds: Comedy Overture

Choral works

Bantock’s published choral works alone exceed two hundred compositions. Consequently, a very limited selection is presented here, though in time a more complete list will be updated.
   
Works for Mixed Chorus
   
1911
  Atlanta in Calydon (Choral Symphony)
   
1913
  Vanity of Vanities (Choral Symphony)
A Pageant of Human Life (Choral Symphony)
   
   
Works for Male Chorus
   
1903
  Mass in B-flat†
   
1914
  Choral Suite from the Chinese Shih King
I. King’s Messenger; II. Pear Tree; III. Through Eastern Gates; IV. Good King Wu; V. City of Chow; VI. Princely Visitors; VII. Lady of the Lagoon
   
1926
  Choral Suite
I. Ode to the Evening; II. Queen of Love; III. The Ghost March
   
   
Works for Female Chorus
   
1910
  Young Love
   
1912
  Blake Poems
I. To Morning; II. To the Evening Star; III. To the Muses
   
1945
  Choral Songs and Dances from the Bacchae
I. From Asia, from the dayspring that uprises; II. Where is the home for me? O Cyprus; III. Will they ever come to me, ever again; IV. Weave ye the dance; V. There be shapes of mystery
   
   
Works for Children’s Chorus
   
1910
  The Birds
   
1920
  The Fairy Kingdom
   
1923
  Songs for Children
I. Doggie; II. Frolic; III. Fairyland
Works for Brass Band
1914
  Arrival March
for the 21st Conference of the Independent Labour Party, Bradford
   
1930
  Oriental Rhapsody
   
1934
  Prometheus Unbound (Symphonic Prelude)
   
1945
  Orion (Dramatic Overture)
   
1946
  The Land-of-the-Ever-Young (Hebridean Sea-Poem)
Chamber works
1901
  Elegiac Poem (for cello and piano)
also arranged for cello and orchestra
   
1909
  Sapphic Dance (for harp)
   
1916
 

Celtic Poem (for cello and piano)
also arranged for cello and orchestra

   
1918
  Comoach (Pro Patria Mori) (for violin and piano)
   
1919
  Hamabdil (Hebrew Melody) (for cello and harp)
   
1920
  Sonata in F major for Viola and Piano
   
1924
  Salve Regina (Holy Queen of Heaven) (for violin and piano)
Sonata in G minor for Solo Cello
   
1929
  Sonata no.1 in G major for Violin and Piano
   
1930
  Pagan Poem (for flute and piano)
   
1935
  String Quartet: In a Chinese Mirror
I. The Old Fisherman of the Mists and the Waters; II. The Ghost Road;
III. The Celestial Weaver; IV. Return of Spring
   
1940
  Sonata no.2 in D major for Violin and Piano
   
1941
  Sonata no.1 in B minor for Cello and Piano
   
1945
  Sonata no.2 in F-sharp minor for Cello and Piano
   
1949
  The Witches’ Frolic (for three bassoons, three cellos and three double basses)
Works for Organ
1910
  Réverie
   
1915
  Festival March
Works for Piano
Bantock composed hundreds of short piano pieces throughout his career, far too numerous to list here. A list of his more substantial piano works is currently being prepared.
 

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