PETER DICKINSON

CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WORKS

1953
Juvenilia includes songs and piano pieces (all MS)
*A Cambridge Postlude: organ

1954
*Postlude on Adeste Fideles: organ
*Prelude for organ (MS)
*Three Preludes on Songs by Orlando Gibbons for organ (MS)

1955
Strings in the Earth and Air (Joyce): mezzo/piano (MS)
Sonatina: flute (or recorder)/piano
*Toccata: organ
Jesus Christ is Risen Today: SATB (alternative as carol Jesus Christ is Born Today) [Musical Times supplement February 1965]

1956
Fantasy: clarinet/piano [Bosworth/Music Sales]
*Threnody: cello/piano
*Four W.H.Auden Songs: soprano or tenor/piano [Look, stranger on this island now; Eyes, look into the well; Carry her over the water; What's in your mind, my dove, my coney]
*Five Early Piano Pieces [Contemplations I, II, III; Inventions I, II] (MS)
Five Essays: piano
Madrigal - 'Black Mrs Behemoth' (Edith Sitwell): SATB (MS)
O Praise the Lord: SATB & organ (MS) [Epworth Press: Choir Series 373]

1957
*Vitalitas Variations: piano
*Variations on a French Folk Song ('Sur le pont d'Avignon'): harpsichord
Five Blake Songs: tenor, clarinet, horn, bassoon (MS)
Music for Brass: 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (MS)

1958
*Meditation on Murder in the Cathedral (T.S.Eliot): organ
String Quartet No.1 [revised version 2011]
Prelude, Bacchanal & Elegy (Dickinson): speaker/2 pianos (MS)
*Air: solo flute

1959
*Monologue for Strings
Juilliard Dances: flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, cello, piano, percussion 

1960
*Three Comic Songs (Auden): tenor/piano [revised 1972]
[My second thoughts condemn; Happy Ending; Over the heather]
*Let the Florid Music Praise (Auden): tenor or soprano/piano
Four Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems: SATB/organ [Pied Beauty; Justus tu ed quidem (1960); Heaven-Haven; God's Grandeur - completed 1964]

1961
Sonata: violin/piano. Orchestral version  of Vitalitas Variations used for Gloria Contreras ballet four times in Mexico City [now withdrawn]

1962
*Four Duos: flute (or oboe, or clarinet)/cello
Music for Oboe & Chamber Organ
Baroque Trio: flute, oboe, harpsichord

1963
Two Motets: John, Mark (Thomas Blackburn) ATB
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: ATB (MS)
Hymn-Tunes Made New: SATB
*Five Forgeries: piano duet [Poulenc; Hindemith; Stravinsky; Delius; Bartok]
*Dirge: organ
*Five Diversions: clavichord, harpsichord or piano [later small orchestra]

1964
*Carillon: organ
*Three Statements: organ

1965
*The Judas Tree: a Musical Drama of Judas Iscariot (Blackburn): 6 actors, SATB, 11 instruments, organ, percussion
*Four Easy Pieces: piano [Bosworth/Music Sales]
*An E.E.Cummings Song Cycle: mezzo/piano [i thank You God; no time ago; up into the silence; love is the every only god; love is more thicker] 'somewhere i have never traveled' (Cummings): mezzo/piano Mass: SATB

1966
Sonatina: solo bassoon [revised version 2011] (MS)
Elegy (Swinburne): counter-tenor, harpsichord, cello
Martin of Tours (Blackburn): tenor, baritone, SATB, organ, piano
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: unision voices/organ
Three Complaints (Ian Whybrow): children's choir, instruments, percussion
'For the Nativity' (John Heath-Stubbs): SATB [Musical Times supplement, July 1967]

1967
Fanfares & Elegies: 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, organ
*Paraphrase I -John: organ
Three Pieces for Four Groups (Adrian Mitchell, Ian Whybrow) voices, instruments, percussion (MS)
*'My Love is like a Red, Red Rose' (Burns): mezzo/piano
The Dry Heart (Alan Porter): SATB [The Fall; Funeral Song; The Dry Heart; The Falling World; Wood Path]
*Paraphrase II - Mark: piano
Letter to the Composer (Peter Bingham): soprano, tenor and harp
Sketches opera The Unicorns to libretto by John Heath-Stubbs - not completed

1968
Communion Service: 2-part choir/organ
Four Poems of Alan Porter: counter-tenor/harpsichord [Translation; The Stallion; The River; The Shining of Peace]

1969
*Outcry: a cycle of nature poems for contralto solo, SATB, orchestra ['A robin redbreast in a cage' (Blake: Auguries of Innocence); The Blinded Bird (Hardy); Badger (Clare); Horses Aboard (Hardy); Nature's Hymn to the Deity (Clare)] Five Diversions: small orchestra (from clavichord pieces) *Extravaganzas (Gregory Corso, from Gasoline): mezzo/piano

1970
*Satie Transformations: orchestra [based on Gnossiennes 1, 2 & 3]
*Three Satie Transformations: piano
*Winter Afternoons (Emily Dickinson): AATTBB/double bass [One dignity delays for all; There's a certain slant of light; Departed - to the Judgement]

1971
Translations: recorder, viola da gamba, harpsichord
*Metamorphosis: solo flute
*Organ Concerto
*'So We'll go no More a-roving' (Byron): mezzo/piano
Concerto for Strings, Percussion & Electronic Organ [withdrawn]

1973
*Recorder Music: recorder player/tape (or 2 players)
*Four Piano Blues
*Surrealist Landscape (Lord Berners): voice, piano, tape (includes song 'On the pale yellow sands', that can be performed separately)

1974
*Suite for the Centenary of Lord Berners: clavichord (from film music: A Great Day for Bonzo)
Lust (St. Augustine & composer): AATTBB/optional tape

1975
Late Afternoon in November (Dickinson): 16 solo voices

1976
String Quartet No.2 (with tape or offstage piano)
*Quartet Rag
Solo for Baryton: baryton/tape or baryton/viola da gamba

1977
A Memory of David Munrow (wordless): 2 counter-tenors, 2 recorders, gamba, harpsichord
Aria: horn, oboe, clarinet, bassoon. Aria for horn, oboe. clarinet and bassoon

1978
Reminiscences (Byron): mezzo, alto sax, piano
*Blue Rose: piano
*Schubert in Blue: arr. mezzo & piano in jazz-pop idioms
(Drinking Song; 'Who is Sylvia?'; 'Hark, hark the lark')

1979
*A Birthday Surprise: orchestra [for Sir Robert Mayer's 100th Birthday
*Eight Very Easy Pieces: piano [Bosworth/Music Sales]
*Blue Rose
: piano

1980
*Concerto Rag
: piano

1982
*The Unicorns (John Heath-Stubbs): soprano/brass band (or version for band alone) [Fanfares & Choruses (instrumental); Lullaby; Dance (instrumental); Interrupted Love Song; A Celebration Fugue (instrumental); The Ballad of St Brendan] {Lullaby, later arranged for oboe, or clarinet or soprano sax & piano; *flute & piano; *violin, clarinet & piano; violin, or cello and piano; piano left hand; piano solo. Three Songs from The Unicorns arr, soprano and piano; also in A Celebration Trio (2009) as Fugue - Lullaby - Dance.

1984
*Piano Concerto
*A Mass of the Apocalypse: speaker, SATB, 2 percussion, piano [Kyrie; Sanctus & Benedictus; Agnus Dei; Gloria; Ite missa est]
*Stevie’s Tunes: An Anthology of Nine Songs (Stevie Smith): mezzo/piano [Heber; To the Tune of the Coventry Carol; O Happy Dogs of England; In Canaan's Happy Land; The Heavenly City; ...and the Clouds return after the Rain; The Devil-my-Wife; Le Singe qui Swing; Unser Vater]

1985
*Blue Rose Variations: organ
*Wild Rose Rag: piano
*Hymn-Tune Rag: piano
*American Trio (originally Hymns, Rags & Blues): violin, clarinet, piano

1986
London Rags: 2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba
*Patriotic Rag: piano
*Violin Concerto

1987
*Sonatas: piano/tape
A Hitchcok Fanfare: 3 trumpets (In A Celebration of American Music: Words and Music in Honor of H. Wiley Hitchcock, University of Michigan Press, 1990)

1988
Cellars Clough Duo: 2 guitars. Five Explorations: guitar.
Auden Studies: oboe & piano [based on three Auden songs by Lennox Berkeley and Peter Dickinson, setting the same poems]. Jigsaws: 15 players, harp, percussion [withdrawn].
*Merseyside Echoes: orchestra [tribute to early Beatles].
Centenary Rag: piano, based on openings of Irving Berlin songs (MS)

1989
*Larkin's Jazz: baritone-speaker; flute/piccolo/alto; clarinet in Bb/bass; soprano sax; trumpet cello; piano; percussion [Reasons for Attendance; For Sidney Bechet; Love Songs in Age; Reference back]

1990
Tiananmen 1989 [text compiled by composer from news reports]: double choir/tubular bells
Two motets: Mark, John (SATB versions).
A Waltz of Roses: mezzo & harp (MS)

1991
Summoned by Mother (Betjeman): mezzo/harp

1992
Suffolk Variations: guitar (O.U.P.)

1993
Swansongs: cello/piano (MS)

1997
Three Carols: SSAA (MS)
['Christmas is Coming', arr. from SATB; 'For the Nativity' (John Heath Stubbs), arr.from SATB; 'O Christmas Time, O Hateful Time' (Lord Berners)]

1998
Sanctus & Benedictus [from Mass of the Apocalypse]: arr. organ
Fanfare for John Stephens: 3 trumpets, 3 trombones (arr. from The Judas Tree, MS)

1999
*A Milennium Fanfare: organ, from Organ Concerto, (MS)

2004
*Bach in Blue: piano (MS)

2008
*Homage to Poulenc: flute (or recorder)/piano (arr. from Five Forgeries for piano duet)
Schubert in Blue: clarinet/piano (arr. from set of three songs, in Songs in Blue)

2009
*A Celebration Trio: violin, clarinet & piano (Fugue, Lullaby, Dance, arr. from The Unicorns)

2012
*Bach in Blue: arr.
violin, clarinet and piano (MS)
*Pastorale, Blues and Homage,
arr. recorder and piano (1. A James Joyce Pastorale, arr. from song 'Strings in the earth and air') 2. A Robert Burns Blues, arr. from song 'My love is like a red, red rose') 3. Homage to Poulenc, arr. from Five Forgeries for piano duet, No. 1)

2013                                                                        
Lullaby (from The Unicorns): arr. piano left hand

2015
*Bach in Blue: arr. clarinet, violin, strings and piano (Goodmusic)
*Suite for the Centenary of Lord Berners: arr. small orchestra (Goodmusic)                                        Waltz for Elliott Schwartz at 80 (piano)           

2016                                                            
Lullaby (from The Unicorns): arr. piano solo 
'Up into the silence': arr. violin, viola, cello & piano
A Rag for McCabe (piano) MS
Freda's Blues: in Memory of Lady Berkeley (piano)
 MS

2017
Lullaby (from The Unicorns): arr. SATB 
The Unicorns Suite: arr. small orchestra [in progress]

 

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