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'On Lawn and Green' - Suite for Harpsichord (or Piano), Op. 54 (1960)

This Suite was written for harpsichord or piano. It consists of three dances, pavane, galiard and reel, and a song without words. With the Galiard rapid triple time and characteristic syncopations form the rhythmical basis; harmonically the starting point is the recurrent contradiction of minor by major thirds, a feature of late 16th and early 17th century English music. The Air is an uncomplicated song-melody; the second verse is given a single flowing accompanying voice-part and this two-part section provides contrast to the three-part harmony of the opening verse and coda.

The Suite was dedicated to Professor Hans Pischner, an expert harpsichordist. In 1952, as music director of the Berliner Rundfunk, Professor Pischner arranged the recording of the opera Wat Tyler, and thus paved the way to its stage production in Leipzig Opera House in 1953, after which invitations to compose three more operas followed. The last of these, Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died, was commissioned and first performed by the German State Opera, Berlin, where Professor Pischner became the Intendant in the 1970s.

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Index of Works

Major Works
Wat Tyler
Men of Blackmoor
The Sugar Reapers
Joe Hill - The Man Who Never Died
Orchestral Work
Symphony No. 1 in C
Symphony No. 2 'The Nottingham Symphony'
Symphony No. 3 'The Byron Symphony' with Baritone Solo and Mixed Chorus
Symphony No. 4 - Lascaux Symphony
Dorian Passacaglia and Fugue
Piano Concerto
Violin Concerto
Chamber Music
Dialectic for String Quartet
Concert Piece for Cello and Piano
Lyric Interlude for Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Three Concert Studies for Piano, Violin and Cello
Piano Music
Twenty Four Preludes
Choral Music
'The Winter Journey' - A Christmas Cantata for Soprano and Baritone Solo, Mixed Chorus, String Quintet and Harp
Solo Song
'Voices of the Prophets' - Cantata for Tenor and Piano
'The Freight of Harvest' - Song Cycle for Tenor and Piano
'Life's Span' - Song Cycle for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
'Woman's Life' - Song cycle for Soprano and Piano