Acknowledgements

First of all, our gratitude to the patient staff at the library of St John's College Cambridge where the Cyril Rootham archive is kept.

Thanks too to all CBR researchers past and present: Jasper Rootham, Arthur Hutchings, Kenneth Shenton, Lewis Foreman, Jürgen Schaarwächter, Robert Tucker, John France, Clay Price, Alistair Jones, Kerry Bunkhall, Justin Albstein, Lee Armstrong, Mark Pearce & Alan Shellard - and many others too.

List of works

Sources: at the foot of the list we show the sources used, our research report and a version history for each update
Digital archive: we are busy typesetting new editions direct from CBR manuscripts as shown on our Progress page
 
Playlist key:         Listen = human performance with score           Musescore = synthetic recording with score

OpusYearTitleGenreInstrumentationHistory & CommentsPlaylistCat No & Publisher
0581919 A Boy's SongSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 1 B653
Stainer & Bell
0621921 A Child's PrayerSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 2
(Siegfried Sassoon Songs)
 B670
Stainer & Bell
0621921 A Poplar and the MoonSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 2
(Siegfried Sassoon Songs)
 B670
Stainer & Bell
0161904 A Shepherd in a GladePart songVoices SATB a cappellaWords by John Dowland.
Prize Winner in 1904 competition in The Musical Times
Listen     ( 03'28" )NOV400736
Novello
Presto Classical
0301908 A SupplicationSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 1
dedicated "To R.M.L." (Rosamond Margaret Lucas, CBR's future wife)
 B653
Stainer & Bell
0461914 A VignetteSongVoice and pianoWords by Robert Bridges  
0031890+ Adagio & Scherzo for StringsChamber music Location of manuscript unknown at present  
0181903-05 AndromedaChoralSoprano, contralto and baritone soli, chorus and orchestraWords by Charles Kingsley.
First performance: Bristol Musical Festival 1908
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0981910 Angel Spirits of SleepPart songVoices SATB and pianoPoem by Robert Bridges; see also Op.35 54089
Stainer & Bell
0561918 As I lay a-thynkingeSong Words by Richard Harris Barham  
0231906 Beyond the SeaSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 1
Words by Thomas Love Peacock
 B653
Stainer & Bell
0171906 Break, break, breakPart songQuartet for male voicesWords by Alfred Lord Tennyson: dedicated "To Walter J. Kidner Esq. and the Members of the Bristol Gleemen's Society"  
0651921-22 Brown EarthChoralChorus, semi-chorus and orchestraCarnegie Award:
setting of words by Thomas Moult; dedicated "In memory of F.H.L."
 [ 08'09" ]
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0581919-20ButterfliesSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 2
(Siegfried Sassoon Songs)
 B670
Stainer & Bell
0201905 Capriccio for String Quartett in D minorChamber musicViolins, viola, violoncelloOriginally titled "Phantasy" Typeset:
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0411912 Choruses from "Achilles in Scyros"ChoralWomen's voices, strings and harpWords by Robert Bridges  
0931935-36 City in the WestChoralChorus, string orchestra and harpDedicated to organist and teacher Arthur Warrell, this is a setting of a poem written by CBR's son Jasper: the "city" is Bristol, CBR's birthplace
(recording:10'52")
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0571918 Concert Overture to "The Two Sisters"OrchestralOrchestraPremiered at Queen's Hall: Prom 35 on 19 Sep 1918 Typeset:
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0291908 CoronachChoralMale voice, men's chorus and pianoWords by Sir Walter Scott: published for voice and piano, but originally written for bass or baritone solo, men's chorus and orchestra 41003
Stainer & Bell
0791926 Dances from Purcell's "Fairy Queen"ArrangementViolin and pianoArrangement made during 1923 voyage to Australia: see also Op.63 and Op.101  
1011923 Dances from Purcell's "Fairy Queen"ArrangementOrchestraArrangement: see also Op.63 and Op.79  
0631923+ Dances from Purcell's "Fairy Queen"ArrangementStrings and piano ad libArrangement: see also Op.79 and Op.101  
0871933 Daybreak at SeaPart songVoices SSATBB a cappellaWords by Michael McKennaListen     ( 04'04" )OCS758
OUP Archive
Presto Classical
0781926 Eight BellsPart songVoices TTBB a cappellaWords by J C Squire  
0371910 Elegiac Rhapsody on an Old Church MelodyOrganOrganVariations on the hymn tune "Iste Confessor": dedication "To my friend George Dixon"
(recording: 8'08")
 50038
Stainer & Bell
0711914+ ElegyOrganOrganTranscription of slow movement from String Quartet in C  
0281906 Epinikion (Song of Victory)OrganOrganDedicated to blind organist Alfred Hollins  (recording: 8'28")Listen     ( 10'30" )H455
Stainer & Bell
0901933 Evening Service in E minor: Magnificat & Nunc DimittisSacredVoices SATB and organ(recording: 8'30") CM 501
Cathedral Music
0211906 Evening Service in F: Magnificat and Nunc DimittisSacredDouble choir a cappellaAlso in Latin for Westminster Cathedral  
0581919-20 Everyone sangSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 2
(Siegfried Sassoon Songs)
 B670
Stainer & Bell
0141902 Fantasia Overture for Organ in D minorOrganOrganDedicated "To Sir Walter Parratt" (one of CBR's teachers at the Royal College of Music) Typeset:
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0431913 Follow your saintPart songVoices SSATB a cappellaWords from Campion & Rossiter's Book of Ayres (1604) 54091
Stainer & Bell
0511915 For the FallenChoralChorus and orchestraSetting of Laurence Binyon's poem
(recording: 18'52")
Listen     ( 20'45" ) CM 1086
Cathedral Music
044a1913 Four Dramatic Songs: Imagination, Unwelcome, St Andrew's & Over the hillsChoralTenor or soprano solo and orchestraWords by Mary E Coleridge: published as an arrangement for voice and piano (see Op.44b)  
044b1913 Four Dramatic Songs: Imagination, Unwelcome, St Andrew's & Over the hillsSongVoice and pianoWords by Mary E Coleridge: originally composed for tenor or soprano solo and orchestra (see Op.44a)  
0961937 p Four HymnsSacredChoral unisonFrom the St John's College Hymn Book: 264, 174, 176, 159 9383
OUP Archive
Presto Classical
008a1900 Four Impressions (Killarney)OrchestralViolin and orchestraReferred to as "Sketches (Irish)" in Jasper Rootham's list of CBR works: manuscript in Cambridge University Library shelfmark MS.Add.9192.101(1), also in St John's College Library shelfmark Janus F7  
008b1900 Four Impressions for Pianoforte DuetPianoPiano: 4 handsArranged from orchestral version Op.8a, see manuscript in Cambridge University Library shelfmark MS.Add.9192.101(2)   
0881933 Suite for PianoforteChamber musicPianoDedicated "To Pamela McKenna"[ 10'57" ]

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0951936 Full Fathom FivePart songVoices SSA a cappellaShakespeare (Ariel's Song, The Tempest): composed for Girton College Music Society  
0451913 Gay MarigoldPart songVoices SS or SA and pianoPoem by Robert Bridges  
0151906 Grace (in Latin)SacredFour voices a cappellaWritten for St John's College  
0921935 p Guy's Cliffe At NightPart songVoices SA a cappellaWords by Mary ColeridgeListen     ( 03'21" )OCS176
OUP Archive
Presto Classical
0131904 Happy streams, whose trembling fallPart songVoices SSATB a cappellaAnonymous words, previously published in a madrigal in 1609 by John Wilbye (1574 - 1638). Inscribed: "Dedicated to the President, Director and Members of the Bristol Madrigal Society".  
0941936 Hark, Where Poseidon's White Racing HorsesPart songVoices SSATB a cappellaLyric XCV from "Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics" by the Canadian poet Bliss Carman. Composed for the 100th anniversary of the Bristol Madrigal Society.Listen     ( 04'30" ) OCS787
OUP Archive
Presto Classical
0391911 Hear the voice and prayerSacredVoices SATB and organAnthem written for 400th anniversary of St John's College, and dedicated "To the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge"[ 06'01" ]
54093
Stainer & Bell
032a1909 Helen of KirkconnelChoralTenor solo and orchestraSee also Op.32b, for voice & piano  
032b1912 Helen of KirkconnelSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 1 B653
Stainer & Bell
0301907 I sorrowed that the golden day was deadSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 1 B653
Stainer & Bell
0581919-20IdyllSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 2
(Siegfried Sassoon Songs)
 B670
Stainer & Bell
0761925 If I had but two little wingsSong Poem by S T Coleridge  
008c1900 Impressions pour Violon et PianoChamber musicViolin and pianoArranged from orchestral version Op.8a, see manuscript in Cambridge University Library shelfmark MS.Add.9192.101(3). Published for violin and piano by Bosworth & Co in 1902.  Typesetting
0351910 In Highland and MeadowChoralVoices SATB and orchestraPoems by R L Stevenson, Robert Bridges and E Fitzgerald; see also Op.98  
0921935 p In London TownPart songVoices SSA a cappellaWords by Mary Coleridge OCS556
OUP Archive
Presto Classical
0981910 In the HighlandsPart songVoices SATB and pianoPoem by R L Stevenson; see also Op.35 54094
Stainer & Bell
0731924 In the Lake CountryChamber musicViolin, viola or cello and piano Transcription of slow movement from Op.27 String Quintet in D major. The parts are dedicated to Albert Sammons (Violin), Alfred Hobday (Viola) and Howard Bliss (Violoncello).[ 03'50" ]Typesetting
001a1894 In the Merry MaySongVoice and pianoWords by Gerald Massey[ 01'46" ]
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0261908 Is it the wind of the dawn?Part songVoices SA or TB and pianoWords by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Dedicated "To V.C. Boddington and E.H.P. Muncey" 54095
Stainer & Bell
0111904 It was an English Ladye brightSongVoice and pianoPoem by Sir Walter Scott: originally composed for voice & orchestra. Dedicated "To R. Kennerley Rumford" (baritone recitalist and husband of the contralto Clara Butt).[ 02'59" ]
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0721923 JemimaPart songVoices TTBB a cappellaWords: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (music originally published with lyrics attribution "Anonymous")  
0451913 LarksPart songVoices SS or SA and pianoPoem by Robert Bridges  
0051898 Love and LaughterPart songVoices SATB a cappellaWords by Arthur Gray Butler: dedicated "To Edward A. Harvey, Esq., President, and the Gentlemen of the Bristol Madrigal Society"Listen     ( 03'09" ) Typeset:
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0961937 p Love Lift Me UpSacredVoices SATBOne of CBR's "Four Hymns" 9384
OUP Archive
Presto Classical
0311908 LullabyPart songVoices SSAA and pianoWords by Thomas Dekker.
Composed for Newnham College
 41819
Stainer & Bell
0891933 March for Military BandBand musicBrass bandWritten for the band of Cambridge branch of the British LegionListen     ( 04'02" )Typeset:
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061a1920 Miniature SuiteChamber musicString quartet and pianoWritten for Clifton High School for Girls, where CBR's sister May Rootham ran the music department  Typeset:
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061b1921 Miniature SuiteOrchestralString orchestra and pianoSee also Op.61a (the original 1920 version)
(recording: 9'54")
  
0621921 Morning GlorySongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 2
(Siegfried Sassoon Songs)
 B670
Stainer & Bell
0901933 Morning Service in E minor: Te Deum & BenedictusSacredVoices SATB and organSee also Op.90 Evening Service in E minor Typesetting
0761925 My delight and thy delightSong Poem by Robert Bridges  
0531915 Night of SpringChoralSoprano chorus and pianoPoem by Thomas Westwood: see also Op.100  
1001915 Night of SpringPart songTwo-part songPoem by Thomas Westwood: see also Op.53  
0501914 Noël (carol)ChoralBoys' voices and pianoPoem by Théophile Gautier: composed for prize-giving at St John's College Choir School (see also Op.99) 54098
Stainer & Bell
0991910 Noël (song)SongVoice and pianoPoem by Théophile Gautier: see also Op.50 54097
Stainer & Bell
0541916 O Salutaris HostiaSacredFive voicesAnthem probably written for Westminster Cathedral: setting on the tune "Melcombe" and on the hymn "From all that dwell"  
0341910 O may I join the Choir InvisibleChoralSoprano solo, women's voices and organ or pianoComposed for Girton College: words by George Eliot (1819-1880) 43407
Stainer & Bell
0701923 p Ode - How Sleep The BraveChoralChoral unison: treble voices and pianoWords by William Collins OCS6
OUP Archive
Presto Classical
0071890+ Ode - How Sleep The BraveChoralChorus and orchestraWords by William Collins  
0811927-28 Ode on the Morning of Christ's NativityChoralSoli, chorus, semi-chorus and orchestraSetting of Milton's poem:
Carnegie Award
(recording: 42')
 HL167
Stainer & Bell
hire library
0091903 Out of the Deep (Psalm 130)SacredBaritone solo, men's voices TTBB and organDedicated "To Sir Walter Parratt" (one of CBR's teachers at the Royal College of Music)[ 07'23" ]Typeset:
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0251907 Overture: To the Spirit of ComedyOrchestralOrchestra   
0421912 Pan: Rhapsody for Full OrchestraOrchestralOrchestra  Typesetting
0231906 Pippa SingsSongVoice and pianoWords by Robert Browning.
Listed in Jasper Rootham's list of CBR works by the poem's first line: "The Year's at the Spring"
  
0911934 Praise the Lord, O my soul (Psalm 103)SacredChorus and orchestraDedicated to Herbert Sumsion (organist of Gloucester Cathedral 1928-1967) Vocal score: 10625
Banks Music
0601920 Processional (or "Procession in Scarlet")OrchestralOrchestraFrom the m/s score: "Composed for the Musical Celebration in honour of the Chancellor of Cambridge University (Arthur Balfour) held in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, June 15, 1920"  
0121906 Réminiscences des Alpes BavaroisesChamber musicViolin and pianoDedicated "à son ami H. Haydn Inwards". In 1883 Haydn Inwards was among the original intake of 50 scholars to the newly-formed Royal College of Music. He later became a violinist in the Gompertz Quartet and taught violin at the RCM.[ 10'56" ]
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0361910 Rhapsody "A Passer By"OrchestralOrchestraAfter a poem by Robert Bridges.
Premiered at Queen's Hall: Prom 45 on 3 Oct 1911
  
0521915 Rhapsody On An Old English Tune ("Lazarus")OrganOrganDedicated "To J. A. Fuller Maitland"
See also Op.74
 90102
Cramer Music
Presto Classical
0671922 Rhapsody for Double String Orchestra on the tune "Lazarus"OrchestralOrchestraDedicated "To J. A. Fuller Maitland"
(11')
  
0741925 RhapsodyOrganOrganSee also Op.67 90102
Cramer Music
Presto Classical
0831930 Septet for Viola, Flute, Hautboy, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and HarpChamber musicViola, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and harpDedicated to patron of the arts Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, and given its first performance in 1934 at the Pittsfield Music Festival (Mass., USA). Performed at the Master's Lodge at St John's College in 2012. Typeset:
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0041898 Shall I compare thee?Song Shakespeare (Sonnet XVIII)  
0951936 Sigh no more, LadiesPart songVoices SSA a cappellaShakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing): composed for Girton College Music Society  
0801927 p Six DancesArrangementSmall orchestraOriginal by W A Mozart: edited and arranged by CBR  
0751925 Sonata in G minor for Violin and PianoChamber musicViolin and pianoDedicated "To Bessie Rawlins"
(recording: 19'49")
 OUP Archive reprint 210416 Allegro Music
0471914 Song from Theocritus' 15th IdyllChoralVoice, strings and harpThe original m/s score (with soprano part in classical Greek) states: "Composed for the representation of the 15th Idyll of Theocritus at Bedford College, Regent's Park, London, at the meeting of the British Classical Association, Jan. 1914". But per Jasper Rootham's notes, this work was originally written for CBR's cousin Hélène Rootham and published for voice and piano: we have so far found no trace of a published version. Typesetting
0661921 Sorrow Song (Gently, sorrowfully sang the maid)SongVoice and pianoPoem from "Dark Fire" by W J Turner  
0621920 South WindSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 2
(Siegfried Sassoon Songs)
 B670
Stainer & Bell
0821929-30 St John's SuiteOrchestralSmall orchestraDedicated "To the musicians of my College" Typeset:
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0041898 Stars of the Summer NightSong Words by Longfellow  
0051898 Strew on her rosesPart songVoices SATB a cappellaWords from "Requiescat" by Matthew ArnoldListen     ( 02'15" ) Typeset:
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0021899 String Quartet in A majorChamber musicViolins, viola, violoncello   
0491914 String Quartet in C majorChamber musicViolins, viola, violoncelloDedicated "To the Philharmonic String Quartet" Typeset:
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0101902 String Quartet in G minorChamber musicViolins, viola, violoncelloDedicated "To my dear father D. W. Rootham"  
0271908 String Quintet in D majorChamber musicViolins, viola, violoncelliDedicated "To F. St. John Bullen" Typeset:
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0061899 Suite in D minorOrchestralOrchestraDescribed incorrectly in Jasper Rootham's list of CBR works as "Suite in B minor"  
0641921 Suite in three movementsChamber musicFlute and pianoDedicated to French flautist Louis FleuryListen     ( 08'48" ) CH01552
Chester Music
Presto Classical
0481911 Sweet ContentPart songVoices SATB and pianoPoem by Thomas Dekker: originally composed for chorus and orchestra  54099
Stainer & Bell
0131906 Sweet EchoPart songVoices SSATB a cappellaDedicated "To the President and Members of the Madrigal Society (London)", and awarded the Madrigal Society's Prize in December 1906[ 03'00" ]
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0861932 Symphony No 1 in C minorOrchestralOrchestra(recording: 30'57")  
0971936-38 Symphony No 2 in D major "Revelation"OrchestralOrchestra and women's voicesAt the request of the composer, orchestration of the final movement was completed by Patrick Hadley after CBR's death
(recording: 38')
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0191905 The Ballad of Kingslea MereSongBass or baritone solo and pianoWords by Thomas Love Peacock[ 02'49" ]
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0231903 The BrambleSongVoice and pianoWords by Thomas Love Peacock 54090
Stainer & Bell
001c1895 The Golden Light of DaySongVoice and pianoWords by Kate Nicholls[ 02'48" ]
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0691923 The Golden TimeChoralChorus, semi-chorus and orchestraSee also Op.77  
0771924-25 The Golden TimePart songVoices SATB and pianoSee also Op.69  
0231906 The Greenwood TreeSongVoice and pianoWords by Thomas Love Peacock 54092
Stainer & Bell
0561917 The King of China's DaughterSongVoice and pianoPoem by Edith Sitwell  
0331908-09 The Lady of ShalottChoralMezzo-soprano solo, chorus and orchestraPoem by Tennyson
(33')
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0241911 p The Lord is the PortionSacredVoices SATB a cappellaGrace anthem for St John's College: dedicated to the organist and composer Dr Basil Harwood (1859-1949)Listen     ( 03'25" ) 41300
Stainer & Bell
0981910 The Meadows in SpringPart songVoices SATB and pianoPoem by E Fitzgerald; see also Op.35 54096
Stainer & Bell
0841931 The Psalm of AdonisOrchestralSmall orchestraThis work is based on the earlier Op.47 "Song from Theocritus' 15th Idyll" (1914)
(recording: 8'31")
  
0401911 The QuestChoralWomen's voices, piano and strings (or string quartet)Words by Marjory Mines (née Rolfe). Dedicated "To M.M. and G.R.M." (Marjory Mines and George Ralph Mines).  Typeset:
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0221909 The Splendour FallsPart songVoices ATTB or ATBB a cappellaWords by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Dedicated "To the Members of the Vocal Quartett of St John's College, Cambridge" 41006
Stainer & Bell
0301906 The Springtime of LifeSongVoice and pianoCBR Songs, Book 1 B653
Stainer & Bell
038a1911 The Stolen ChildPart songVoices SATB and pianoSetting of Yeats' poem:
see also orchestral version (1912) Op.38b
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038b1912 The Stolen ChildChoralChorus and small orchestraSetting of Yeats' poem:
orchestral version (1912) dedicated to CBR's wife Rosamond and son Jasper
(recording: 6'48")
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0551916-20 The Two SistersOperaSoli, chorus and orchestraLibretto by Marjory Fausset (née Rolfe) Vocal score: University of Rochester
NY, USA
0691923 The West WindSongVoice and pianoPoem by John Masefield  
030?1910 Three Songs with Orchestra (or Pianoforte)ChoralFull chorus   
0851931 Trio for Violin, Violoncello and PianoforteChamber musicViolin, cello and piano  OUP Archive reprint 200416 Allegro Music
0681922 Twa Sisters of BinnoriePart songVoices SATB a cappellaNorth Country ballad  
001d1895 Under the LindensSongVoice and pianoWords by W. S. Landor[ 01'28" ]
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0591919 Weep not, beloved friendsPart songVoices SATB a cappellaAfter Chiabrera, translated by William Wordsworth: composed for Memorial Service in St John's College Chapel, autumn 1919  
001b1894 Weep you no moreSongVoice and pianoWords by John Dowland[ 01'26" ]
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