List of works by Granville Bantock

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  • The Pearl of Iran, a romantic opera (1894, one act, libretto by composer)
  • Caedmar, a Romantic Opera (1892, one act, libretto by Frederick Corder, performed at the Royal Academy of Music, 12 July 1892, and then at Crystal Palace, 18 October 1892 and the Olympic Theatre, 25 October 1892)
  • The Seal Woman, a Celtic Folk Opera (libretto by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser who also appeared in the performance as an old crone, utilising melodies drawn from Kennedy-Fraser's collection of Hebridean folk songs, conducted by the composer, Birmingham Repertory Company, 27 September 1924, produced by Barry Jackson)
  • Eugene Aram (opera in four acts, unfinished, libretto based on Bulwer Lytton and Thomas Hood, performed as a recitation in 1892)

Choral works

  • The Fire-Worshippers, dramatic cantata for solo voices chorus and orchestra (1892, after Thomas Moore's 'Lalla Rookh', prelude conducted by August Manns at the Crystal Palace)
  • Christus, a Festival Symphony in 10 parts for Solo Voices, Chorus and Orchestra (only two parts completed: "Christ in the Wilderness" - Gloucester Festival 1907; and "Gethsemane")
  • The Time Spirit, Rhapsody for Chorus and Orchestra
  • Sea Wanderers, poem for chorus and orchestra (text H.F.B. i.e. Helena F. Bantock)
  • Omar Khayyám, for Solo Voices, Chorus and Orchestra - Part I (Birmingham Festival, 1906), Part II (Cardiff Festival 1907), Part III (Birmingham Festival 1909, BBCSO/Del Mar, 27 November 1968, first broadcast performance); complete (based on the third version of Fitzgerald's adaptation, London Choral Society/Arthur Fagge, Queen's Hall, February 1910; Vienna, February, 1912, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Norman Del Mar, 5–6 January 1979)
  • The Song of Liberty for solo voices, chorus and orchestra (1914, for the 21st Festival of the International Labour Party, Bradford)
  • The Great God Pan, a Choral Ballet for solo voices, chorus and orchestra (Sheffield Festival 1920)
  • The Song of Songs for soloists, double chorus and orchestra (started in 1912 completed 1922; text: Book of Solomon, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester, 1922, then Dorothy Silk, Frank Mullings, Norman Allin, Hallé, composer, 10 March 1927)
  • The Burden of Babylon for chorus, brass and drums (1927, text: Bible)
  • The Pilgrim's Progress for solo voices, chorus and orchestra (1928, BBC commission, Queen's Hall, BBC Orchestra and Choral Society / composer, 1928-29 season, 23 November 1928; this was the first appearance for the Choral Society)
  • Prometheus Unbound for chorus and orchestra (1936, text by Shelley)
  • King Solomon for chorus, narrator and orchestra (1937, for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, BBC SO/Boult, 6 May 1937)
  • The Tyger
  • The Moon has Risen
  • Scotland Yet
  • Arranmore. Irish melody
  • The Wearin' o'the Green. Irish melody
  • O Mistress Mine. English melody
  • Full Fathom Five
  • O Willow, willow. English melody
  • The three Ravens. English melody
  • Ah! The sighs that come fro' my Heart. Old English melody

Choral unaccompanied works

  • Give a Rouse, for 4-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (Robert Browning); London : Novello & Company, 1895 (No. 321)
  • Boot and saddle, for 4-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (Robert Browning); London : Novello & Company, 1899 (No. 322)
  • On Himalay, for 4-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (Percy Bysshe Shelley); London : Novello & Company, 1908 (No. 1062)
  • One with eyes the fairest, for 4-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (Percy Bysshe Shelley); London : Novello & Company, 1909 (No. 798)
  • The glories of our blood and state, for 4-part Mixed Chorus with Piano (James Shirley); London : Novello & Company, 1910 (No. 501)
  • Sumer is icumen in "Summer is a-coming in", for 6-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (John, of Fornsete)
  • Coronach : part-song for 6-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (Walter Scott); London : J. Curwen & Sons, 1911
  • Atalanta in Calydon, a Choral Symphony (A. C. Swinburne, Liverpool Welsh Choral Union, Gitana Ladies' Choir, Birkenhead and the Manchester Orpheus Glee Society, conducted by Harry Evans, 1912)
  • Music, When Soft Voices Die : part song for unaccompanied voices S.C.T.B.B. (Percy Bysshe Shelley); London : J. Curwen & Sons, 1912
  • The Vanity of Vanities, Choral Symphony (from Ecclesiastes, Welsh Choral Union, Harry Evans, Liverpool, February, 1914)
  • A Pageant of Human Life, a Choral Suite for Male, Female, and Children's Voices (1914)
  • Grass of Parnassus, for 4-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (Alfred Hayes); London : Novello & Company, 1922 (No. 1404)
  • The Golden Journey to Samarkand (1922, James Elroy Flecker)
  • The Isles of Greece, for 6-part Mixed Chorus a cappella (Byron, Baron); London : Novello & Company, 1937
  • America - National Song (before 1946, Coolidge)
  • Choral Hymn for a Priest's First Mass (1946)
  • Lock the door, Lariston : an old traditional border melody, for Male Voices a cappella (James Hogg); [London] : Paterson's Publications, [194-] (No. 1566)
  • The Lord's prayer : two settings for the school assembly (Henry Tolhurst); London : Novello & Company, [1961] copyright 1961

For male voice

  • Mass in B-flat major (liturgical, 1903)
  • My Luve is Like a Red, Red Rose : quartet (or chorus) of male voices (Robert Burns); London : J. Curwen & Sons, 1911
  • Choral Suite from the Chinese (1914, Cranmer Byng)
  • Suite from Cathay (1923, Ezra Pound)
  • Salve "Regina", for Contralto (or Baritone) with Piano (or Organ) and Strings; London: Chester, 1924
  • Choral Suite (1926, Collins)
  • Seven Burdens of Isaiah (1927, Bible)
  • Three Sea Songs (1920s, Henry Newbolt)
  • Three Cavalier Tunes (1920s, Robert Browning)
  • Song of the Volga Boatmen, for 4-part Male Chorus a cappella; London : J. Curwen & Sons, 1928
  • Three Browning Songs (1929)
  • Lucifer in Starlight (George Meredith)
  • She walks in beauty : for chorus of quartet of male voices a cappella (Byron); London : Novello & Company, [1937] copyright 1937 (No. 656)

For female voice

  • Young Love, for 3-part Female Chorus and Piano (William Blake); London : Novello & Company, 1910 (No. 417)
  • On Himalay, for 3-part Female Chorus a cappella (Percy Bysshe Shelley); London : Novello & Company, 1932 (No. 540)
  • O can ye sew cushions, for 3-part Female Chorus with Piano; London : Novello & Company, 1924. (Lullabies. Choruses, Secular)

For solo voice and orchestra

  • Wulstan - baritone (1892, composer)
  • 5 Ghazals of Hafiz with a Prelude, for Baritone (1905, Hafiz translated E. Arnold, BBCSO/Clarence Raybould, 15 December 1937)
  • Ferishtah's Fancies - tenor (1905, Robert Browning, renowned interpretation came from Frank Mullings)
  • Sappho, nine fragments with a Prelude (1906, Sappho translated by Helena F. Bantock, the Prelude and three of the songs were sung by Edith Clegg with the composer conducting at an RPS concert in 1911-12, first appearances with the Society for both the composer and the singer) (no.3 Abendlied has been digitized by SBB(erlin), also #4.)
  • Pagan Chants - tenor (1917–18, Thorley);
  • The Vale of Arden (1919, Alfred Hayes)
  • The March - tenor (1919, J. C. Squire)
  • The Sphinx, a cycle - baritone or contralto (1941, Oscar Wilde)
  • Thomas the Rhymer (1946, traditional)


  • Hebridean Symphony (1913), prefixed with the poem: From the lonely shieling of the misty island / Mountains divide us and the mist of seas/ Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is highland/ And we in dreams behold the Hebrides. Carnegie Trust Award, Glasgow 17 January 1916, Queen's Hall, London Symphony Orchestra/Hamilton Harty, March 1917);
  • Pagan Symphony (motto: et ego in Arcadia vixi, dedicated to Raymond Bantock, Paris 3 September 1927, BBC SO/Sir Adrian Boult, 8 May 1936)
  • The Cyprian Goddess: Symphony No. 3 (1938/39)
  • Celtic Symphony for strings and six harps (1940, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Clarence Raybould, BBC Home Service 24 July 1942 and Birmingham, 25 November 1967)


  • Elegiac Poem, for Cello and Orchestra (1898)
  • Sapphic Poem, for Cello and Orchestra (1906, dedicated to Willi Lehmann)
  • Celtic Poem, for Cello and Orchestra (1914, arrangement of the piece for cello and piano, dedicated to Herbert Withers);
  • Hamabdil, for Cello, Harp and Strings (1919, part of the Judith incidental music, dedicated to Percy Hall)
  • Dramatic Poem, for Cello and Orchestra (1941)

Tone poems

  • Thalaba, The Destroyer (1900, after Robert Southey)
  • Dante and Beatrice (1901, revised 1910, Scottish Orchestra/composer, Glasgow, 24 May 1911, revised version of Dante, London Musical Festival, 1911)
  • Fifine at the Fair, Orchestral Drama (1901, after Browning's Pippa Passes, Birmingham Festival, 1912, conducted by the composer, then Eighth Balfour Gardiner Concert, Queen's Hall, first performance in London, New SO/Gardiner, 18 March 1913; this was to have been given at an RPS concert in the 1911-12 season but was cancelled due to a dispute over fees. Fifine was finally given by the Society on 26 November 1917 conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham). A classic recording of Fifine was made by Beecham conducting the RPO for EMI in 1947. This recording was made under the auspices of the British Council and the Bantock Society
  • Hudibras (1902, after Samuel Butler)
  • The Witch of Atlas (1902, after Shelley, Worcester Festival)
  • Lalla Rookh (1902, after Thomas Moore, dedicated to Joseph Holbrooke)

Other orchestral works

  • The Curse of Kehama, for Orchestra (1894, after Robert Southey, Philharmonic Society concert, 1897. The Two Scenes are all that was achieved of a project to complete a cycle of 24 tone poems based on Southey's poem); Breitkopf & Haertel
  1. Processional
  2. Jaga-Naut
  • Saul, Symphonic Overture with Organ (1894, Chester Cathedral, 1897)
  • Russian Scenes, Suite of 5 pieces for small orchestra (1899)
  • Helena, Orchestral Variations on the Theme HFB (The Helena Variations) (1899, dedicated to Helena F. Bantock. "Thoughts and reflections on some of your moods written during a wearisome absence", Liverpool Orchestral Society, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool)
  • English Scenes, Suite of 5 pieces for small orchestra (1900)
  • The Pierrot of the Minute, Comedy Overture (1908)
  • Dramatic Dances (1909)
  • Old English Suite, for Small Orchestra (1909)
  • Overture to a Greek Tragedy (1911, after Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus)
  • In the Far West, for Strings (1912)
  • In the Far East, Serenade for Strings (1912)
  • Scottish Rhapsody (1913)
  • Scenes from the Scottish Highlands, Suite for Strings (1913)
  • The Land of the Gael, Suite for strings (1915)
  • Coronach for strings, harp and organ (1918)
  • Suite from Judith (1918)
  • Festal Hymn of Judith (1918)
  • The Sea Reivers, an Orchestral Ballad (1920, a discarded scherzo from the Hebridean Symphony)
  • Caristiona, A Hebridean Seascape (1920, revised in 1943-44 with The Sea Reivers and published as Two Hebridean Sea Poems)
  • The Frogs, Comedy Overture (1935, Aristophanes, Proms, Queen's Hall, 1936)
  • Two Marches for the Ceylon Police (1930s?)
  • Four Chinese Landscapes (1936)
  • Aphrodite in Cyprus, Symphonic Ode (1938–39)
  • Macbeth Overture (1940, utilising material from the incidental music)
  • Comedy Overture, Circus Life (1941, adapted from the overture to the incidental music for A Marionette Show)
  • Overture to a Greek Comedy, The Women's Festival (1941, Aristophanes)
  • Two Heroic Ballads. 1: Cuchullan's Lament, 2: Kishmul's Galley (November 1944)
  • Comedy Overture, The Birds (1946, after Aristophanes, Birmingham Town Hall, conducted by Dr Christopher Edmunds)
  • The Funeral (1946)

Works for brass band

  • Festival March (1914, written for Keir Hardie for the Twenty First International Labour Party Conference, Bradford)
  • Oriental Rhapsody (1930, founded on the Tone Poem, Lalla Rookh, Open Championship, Eccles Borough Band/J. Dow, 1930)
  • Prometheus Unbound (Symphonic Prelude) (1933, after Shelley, arrangement of Prelude to Prometheus Unbound for chorus and orchestra, 1933 National Championship, Foden's Motor Works Band/Fred Mortimer)
  • Overture to Shakespeare's King Lear (1936)
  • Suite, Russian Melodies (1942–43)
  • Two Irish Melodies (1942–43)
  • Three Scottish Melodies (1942–43)
  • Two Welsh Melodies (1942–43)
  • Orion (Dramatic Overture) (1945)
  • The Land-of-the-ever-Young (Tir-nan-Og), Hebridean Sea-Poem (1945)
  • Kubla Khan
  • Peter go ring dem bells - hymn arrangement
  • The Frogs of Aristophanes - arranged by Frank Wright

Incidental music

  • Rameses II, ballet music (very early work, 5 acts, composer)
  • Hippolytus (1908, Euripides, in Gilbert Murray's translation, London Gaiety Theatre, 1908)
  • Electra (1909, Sophocles, London Bedford College, July 1909)
  • The Cortège, a Harlequinade (1918)
  • Salome, The Dance of the Seven Veils (1918, Oscar Wilde, Court Theatre, London, 19 April 1918)
  • Judith (1919, Arnold Bennett, Eastbourne and Kingsway Theatre, London, 1919)
  • Macbeth (1926, Shakespeare, Sybil Thorndike's Prince Theatre, London production with Thorndike, Henry Ainley, Lewis Casson, and design by Frank Brangwyn, 1926, music later incorporated in Macbeth Overture)
  • Fairy Gold, a Fairy Play (1938, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Hinton, July, 1938)

Chamber music

  • String Quartet in C minor (1899)
  • Serenade for horns (1903)
  • Pibroch, a Highland Lament for Cello and Harp (1917)
  • Hamabdil, for Cello and Piano (1919)
  • Viola Sonata No.1 in F major (1919, To Colleen)
  • Fanfare for 4 Trumpets (1921)
  • Fantastic Poem, for Cello and Piano (1924)
  • Sonata in G minor for solo cello (1924, dedicated to Cyril Cope)
  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major (1929, dedicated to Albert Sammons)
  • Pagan Poem for flute and piano (1930)
  • Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major (1932, dedicated to Arthur Caterall)
  • A Chinese Mirror for string quartet (1933, arrangements from the Chinese Poems, first set)
  • Viola Sonata No.2 in B minor
  • Cello Sonata No. 1 in B minor (1940)
  • Violin Sonata No. 3 (1940)
  • Cello Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor (1945)
  • Dramatic Poem, for Cello and Piano (1945)

Piano music

Book 1
a. Snake Dance
b. Cymbal Dance
Book 2: Sapphic Dance
Book 3
a. Veil Dance
b. Dagger Dance
  1. Prelude - Johann
  2. Variation - Enigma
  3. Meditation - Elvire
  4. Angelus - Josef
  5. Scherzo - Willy
  6. Melody - Anton
  7. Ballet - Columbine
  8. Serenade - Pierrot
  9. Impromptu - Lui
  10. Romance - Florestan
  11. Allegro - Ludwig
  12. Phantasy - Estelle
  • Suite, a Marionette Show (1918)
  • 3 Scottish Scenes (1919)
  • Lalla Rookh, Tales and Dances (1919)
  • The Cloisters at Midnight (New College, Oxford, 1920)
  • Arabian Nights (1920, seven Pieces, dedicated to Gustav Holst)
  • Phantoms (1934)
  • Lyric Poem (1934)
  • Nine Dramatic Poems (1935, Browning)
  1. In a Gondola
  2. Caliban upon Setebos
  3. Red Cotton Night-Cap Country
  4. Master Hughes of Saxe-Gotha
  5. A Serenade at the Villa
  6. Gold Hair
  7. Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
  8. Pan and Luna
  9. Amphibian
  • Piano Album (Rhapsody, Meditation, Fantasie); London Music Publishing Co.
  • Set of 12 Piano Pieces; Forsyth &Co.
  • Melody in E-flat, for Piano; Jos. Williams
  • 2 Albums for Piano (Silhouettes, and Miniatures); Bosworth
  • 2 Piano Pieces (Reverie in E-flat, Barcarolle in F minor (1894)); Ashdown


  1. Invocation to the Nile
  2. In the Garden
  3. The Unutterable
  4. Bridal Song
  5. Lament of Isis
  6. Festal Song
  1. Drinking Song (Hafiz to the Sultan Timour)
  2. Hymn of the Ghebers
  3. The Simurgh
  4. In the Harem (The story of the Carpet)
  5. Zal
  6. The Pearl and the Rose
  1. The Old Fisherman of the Mists and Waters
  2. The Ghost Road
  3. Under the Moon
  4. The Celestial Weaver
  5. Return of Spring
  1. The Tomb of Chao-Chun
  2. A Dream of Spring
  3. Desolation
  4. The Island of Pines
  5. The Pavillon of Abundant Joy
  1. The Emperor
  2. The Red Lotus
  3. In the Palace
  4. The Peach Flower
  5. The Garden of Bamboos
  • A Feast of Lanterns (after 1700's Chinese poet Yuan Mei)
  • Songs of the East (Helena Bantock) and many others
  • Yung-Yang, for High Voice and Piano (L Cranmer-Byng); London : Novello & Company, 1919
  • The Bells of Youth, for High Voice and Piano (Fiona Macleod); London : Novello & Company, 1936
  • Songs for children (pub. 1924)
  1. Robin redbreast
  2. The seasons
  3. Fireside fancies
  4. Dancing
  5. Spring song
  • 7 songs for children (pub. 1922)
  1. Long ago
  2. The wishing ring
  3. A windy night
  4. The king of Siam
  5. The moon witch
  6. Winter sleep
  7. Goblins

Other works

  • Thorvenda's Dream. Recitation Music; Forsyth &Co.

Unpublished music

  • 5 Heine Songs
  • Grand Galop, for Piano
  • Allegro in G minor, for Piano
  • 2 Meditations, for Violin and Piano
  • Scherzo and Trio from Symphony in C
  • Requiem Mass in C, for Voices and Piano
  • 2 Heine Songs
  • 2 Monologues of Satan, from Paradise Lost
  • The Blessed Damozel. Recitation Music
  • Ballet "Egypt", for Orchestra
  • Overture to "Eugene Aram"