Variations on an African Air, Op.63 (Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel)

Sheet Music


Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1906.
Misc. Notes Royal College of Music Library, London (GB-Lcm): MS 4866
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Piano

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Publisher. Info. London: Novello, 1906. Plate 12360.
Misc. Notes This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.
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General Information

Work Title Variations on an African Air
Alternative. Title Variations on an African Air for Orchestra
Composer Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.63
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ISC 63
Key E minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1905 October
First Performance. 14 June 1906, by the London Philharmonic Society conducted by the composer
First Publication. 1906
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20 Minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation orchestra
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, harp, strings
External Links Analytical and Programme Notes (Philharmonic Society, 1906)

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Recorded on Argo in 1993.


  • here (Google books) for a modern edition of the full score edited by John Snyder (only preview available on Google, including some notes.) According to its notes, this is based on the African-American songs, "I'm troubled in mind." According to the Philharmonic Society notes, it was written in October 1905.

Instrument list taken from Snyder's edition.