In 1913 Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR) originally composed his Op.44 song cycle "Four Dramatic Songs" for soprano or tenor solo and orchestra, using four poems by Mary Coleridge.
But in the same year CBR rewrote the work for voice and piano, and the four songs were published in that simplified form by Novello in 1913. Interestingly the title page for this song (No. 2) in the Novello edition carried the remark "Full Score and Orchestral Parts may be had on hire". In those days in was normal for handwritten score and parts to be used in performance, but the original manuscript full score does not show any copyright for Novello (unlike CBR full score manuscripts handled by Oxford University Press).
These four songs have been out of print for many years, but we have now typeset the version for voice and piano which we intend to publish later in 2018.
We are also in the process of typesetting the original version of Op.44, written for soprano or tenor solo and orchestra. So in due course we will be able to offer you on these web pages an alternative rendering of the song cycle.
Other songs from Op.44
On the links below you can hear the other three songs for voice and piano from CBR's Op.44 "Four Dramatic Songs":
- Op.44 No.1 "Imagination"
- Op.44 No.2 "Unwelcome" (this web page)
- Op.44 No.3 "St. Andrew's"
- Op.44 No.4 "Over the Hills and Far Away"
About this recording
In the absence of a live recording, we can only play a synthesized MP3 file generated from the typeset score. It makes no artistic claims, and should only be used to gain a rough impression of the work.