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Chamber Music
String Quartet in A Minor
Year: 1923
Opus: 4
Duration: 20 minutes
Dedication: "To my mother."
First Performance:
Spencer Dyke String Quartet: Hampstead Town Hall, London, 4 December 1924.
Notes:
1. Andante tranquillo
2. Presto
3. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivace
Carnegie UK Trust Award, 1925.
Part of Carnegie Collection of British Music.
Publication:
Recording:
 The British Quartet (2007) CD
Priscilla's Pavane for Cello with Piano Accompaniment
Year: 1923
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS. Mus. 366, ff. 57-59: Score and cello part in blue ink.
Phantasy in C minor for Violin and Piano
Year: 1923
Opus: 3
Duration: 10 minutes
Dedication: Dedicated to W.W.Cobbett.
Commission:
Commissioned by W.W.Cobbett.
First Performance:
Hampstead Town Hall (London), 4 December 1924, Florence Lockwood (violin) and Alan Bush (piano).
Notes:
1. Andante poco maestoso - Allegro giocoso
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Tempo primo - Allegro giocoso
Recording:
Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello
Year: 1924-25
Opus: 5
Duration: 29 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 350, ff. 107: Score in ink.
First Performance:
London, Faculty of Arts Gallery (Upper John Street), 21 June 1927, Alan Bush (piano) with John Pennington (violin), James Lockyer (viola) and Anthony Pini (cello). Programme arranged by Arthur Bliss.
Notes:
1. Con moto moderato2. Allegro vivace3. Lento - Allegro moderato
Recording:
Five Pieces for Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet and Horn
Year: 1925-26
Opus: 6
Duration: 18 minutes
Dedication: "To John Ireland."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus 351, ff. 1-202: Score and parts in ink.
First Performance:
Antonio Brosa (violin), Leonard Rubens (viola); Anthony Pini (cello); Carl Essberger (clarinet); Ernest Friere (horn), Bechsteinsall, Berlin, 6 November 1929.
Notes:
1. Lento
2. Allegro vivace
3. Allegretto comodo
4. Lento
5. Molto moderato ma deciso
Dialectic for String Quartet
Year: 1929
Opus: 15
Duration: 15 minutes
First Performance:
Brosa Quartet, BBC Broadcasting House, London, 29 March 1935.
Publication:
Boosey and Hawkes, 1938, 1947.
Recording:
 Alan Bush (2002) CD
Three Contrapuntal Studies for Violin and Viola
Year: 1931
Opus: 13, No. 2
Duration: 8.5 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 352, ff. 51-75: Score in ink.
First Performance:
Members of the Chelsea String Quartet, Amen House (OUP), London, 10 March 1933.
Notes:
1. Ground Bass: Con moto moderato ma deciso
2. Canon: Andante con moto
3. Fugue: Maestoso
Recording:
Concert Piece for Cello and Piano
Year: 1936
Opus: 17
Duration: 19 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 352, ff. 76-137: Score and cello part in ink.
First Performance:
Juliette Alvin (cello) and Alan Bush (piano), Prague, 27 and 29 November 1936.
Publication:
Maecenas Music, Kenley, 2004. Published in association with the Alan Bush Music Trust.
Recording:
Meditation on a German Song of 1848 for Solo Violin and Piano
Year: 1941
Opus: 22+
Duration: 9 minutes
First Performance:
Max Rostal (violin) Alan Bush (piano), London Contemporary Music Centre, 15 May 1944.
Notes:
Alternative arrangement of Meditation on a German Song of 1848 for Solo Violin and String Orchestra, Opus 22.
Publication:
Joseph Williams (now Stainer & Bell), London, 1948. Violin part edited by Max Rostal.
Recording:
Lyric Interlude for Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Year: 1944
Opus: 26
Duration: 16 minutes
Dedication: "To Nancy Bush."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 353, ff. 1-22: Score in ink.
First Performance:
Max Rostal (piano) and Alan Bush (piano), Queen Mary Hall, London, 6 January 1945.
Publication:
Joseph Williams (now Stainer & Bell), London, 1947. Violin part edited by Max Rostal.
Recording:
 Music by Alan Bush (1994) CD
Three Concert Studies for Piano, Violin and Cello
Year: 1947
Opus: 31
Duration: 15 minutes
Dedication: "To the London International Trio."
First Performance:
The London International Trio, Jan Sedivka (violin), Sela Trau (cello) and Tom Bromley (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 13 February 1948.
Notes:
1. Moto Perpetuo
2. Nocturne
3. Alla Bulgara
Publication:
Novello, London, 1965.
Recording:
Trent's Broad Reaches for Horn and Piano
Year: 1951
Opus: 36
Duration: 4 minutes
First Performance:
Dennis Brain (horn) and Alan Bush (piano) - Concert in memory of Noel Mewton-Wood, Wigmore Hall, London, 28 January 1955.
Notes:
Written as a tribute to Noel Mewton-Wood.
Publication:
Schott, 1952.
Two Easy Pieces for Cello and Piano
Year: 1951
Duration: 3 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 353, ff. 23-27: Score and cello parts for the two pieces in ink.
Notes:
1. Song Across the Water
2. Fireside Story
Publication:
Joseph Williams (now Stainer & Bell), London, 1952. Cello part edited by Herbert Withers.
Recording:
Northumbrian Impressions for Oboe and Piano
Year: 1953
Opus: 42a
Duration: 10 minutes
First Performance:
Joy Boughton (oboe) and Alan Bush (piano), McNaughten Concert, Arts Council Drawing Room, London, 14 December 1953.
Publication:
Novello, London, 1956. Score and part.
Autumn Poem for Horn and Piano
Year: 1954
Opus: 45
Duration: 4 minutes
First Performance:
Dennis Brain (horn) and Alan Bush (piano) - Concert in memory of Noel Mewton Wood, Wigmore Hall, London, 28 January 1955.
Notes:
Written as a tribute to Noel Mewton-Wood.
Publication:
Schott, 1955.
Two Melodies for Viola with Piano Accompaniment
Year: 1957
Opus: 47
Duration: 6 minutes
Dedication: "In admiration and affection to Lionel Tertis."
First Performance:
Bernard Shore (viola) and Alan Bush (piano), BBC Home Service, 8 January 1959.
Notes:
1. Song-Melody
2. Dance-Melody
Publication:
Recording:
Three African Sketches for Flute with Piano Accompaniment
Year: 1960
Opus: 55
Duration: 8 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 354, ff. 1-33: Score and flute part in ink.
First Performance:
John Leach (flute) and Alasdair Graham (piano), Leighton House, London, 16 December 1960.
Notes:
Based on African melodies.
Written for John Leach.
1. Southern Rhodesia.
2. Zululand.
3. Congo.
Publication:
Edition Peters, Leipzig, 1962.
Three Rậga Melodies for Unaccompanied Violin
Year: 1961
Opus: 59
Duration: 9.5 minutes
First Performance:
Hazel Smith (violin), South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire, 25 April 1980.
Notes:
1. Himavirdani Rậga
2. Nadatha-Rangini Rậga
3. Garudavirdani Rậga
Publication:
Galliard, 1969.
Recording:
Prelude, Air and Dance for Solo Violin, String Quartet and Percussion
Year: 1963-64
Opus: 61
Duration: 14.5 minutes
Manuscript:
British LIbrary, London. MS Mus. 355, ff. 1-87: Score in ink and draft short score in pencil.
First Performance:
Ralph Holmes (violin), Aeolian String Quartet and Eric Allen (percussion), Conductor: Alan Bush, BBC Invitation Concert, Broadcasting House, 28 April 1964.
Notes:
1. Prelude
2. Air
3. Dance
Publication:
Novello, London, 1965. Violin part edited by Ralph Holmes.
Two Dances for Cimbalom (KÚt TÓnc)
Year: 1965
Opus: 64
Duration: 7 minutes
Dedication: "To John Leach."
Commission:
Commissioned by the British Hungarian Friendship Society.
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 356, ff. 1-8: Score in ink.
First Performance:
John Leech (cimbalom), Arts Council Drawing Room, London, 10 March 1965.
Notes:
Specially commissioned for a concert by the British Hungarian Friendship Society to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the liberation of Hungary.
Publication:
Editio Musica, Budapest, 1966. Edited by John Leach.
Serenade for String Quartet
Year: 1969
Opus: 70
Duration: 19 minutes
Dedication: "With admiration and affection to my old friend Ernst Meyer."
Commission:
Commissioned by the BBC.
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 356, ff. 51-89: Draft score in pencil.
First Performance:
Gabrieli String Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London, 17 January 1970.
Notes:
1. Romance
2. Musette
3. Air and Variation
4. March
5. Postlude
Publication:
Alan Bush Music Trust, 2010. Contact the Alan Bush Music Trust for details and prices.
'Song Duet and Introduction' and 'Dance Duet' for Clarinet and Cello with Piano Accompaniment
Year: 1974
Opus: 78 (No. 1 & No. 2)
Dedication: Written for and dedicated to the composer's grandchildren, Niall and Niav O'Higgins.
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 357, ff. 14-23: Scores in ink.
First Performance:
(Opus 78, No. 1): Niall O'Higgins (clarinet) and Niav O'Higgins (cello) with Rachel O'Higgins (piano), Cambridge Technical College, April 1974.
(Opus 78, No. 2): Niall O'Higgins (clarinet) and Niav O'Higgins (cello) with Rachel O'Higgins (piano), Cambridge Technical College, April 1975.
Suite in English Style for String Ensemble
Year: 1974
Opus: 79A
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 347, ff. 13-23: Score in ink.
Notes:
1. Pavan
2. Cheviot Rant
3. Soliloquy on a Sailor's Song
4. March
Suite of Six for String Quartet
Year: 1975
Opus: 81
Duration: 26 minutes
Commission:
Commissioned by the BBC.
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 357, ff. 24-54: Score in ink.
First Performance:
Chilingirian String Quartet (BBC Lunchtime Concert), St. John's Smith's Square, London, 15 December 1975.
Notes:
1. Introduction - Pavan
Interlude 1
2. Reel
Interlude 2
3. Andamento
Interlude 3
4. Air
Interlude 4
5. Moto perpetuo
Interlude 5
6. Sword dance
Postlude
Publication:
Alan Bush Music Trust, 2010. Contact the Alan Bush Music Trust for details and prices.
Recording:
Sonatina for Descant, Treble and Tenor Recorders (one player) and Piano
Year: 1975
Opus: 82
Duration: 15 minutes
Dedication: "To Ross Winters."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 357, ff. 55-146: Draft score in pencil; score in ink; part for recorders in ink.
First Performance:
Ross Winters (recorder) and Alan Bush (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 11 January 1976.
Notes:
1. Allegro moderato - Allegro vivace ma non troppo
2. Andante quasi larghetto
3. Vivo vivace
Publication:
Nova Music, 1981.
Recording:
Sonatina for Viola and Piano
Year: 1978
Opus: 88
Duration: 18.5 minutes
Dedication: "To the memory of Cecil Aronowitz."
Commission:
Commissioned by the Viola Research Society for their Congress in London, June 1978.
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 358, ff. 73-131: Draft score in pencil; score in ink.
First Performance:
Cecil Aronowitz (viola) and Alan Bush (piano), Royal College of Music, London, during the Sixth International Viola Research Society Congress, 10 June 1978.
Notes:
1. Introduzione
2. Quasi menuetto
3. Rondo-Epilogo
Publication:
Richard Schauer, 1979.
N. Simrock, London, 1980. Edited by John White. Viola part from the part used by Cecil Aronowitz at the first performance.
Recording:
Pro Pace et Felicitate Generis Humani ('Voices Of Two Continents') ('For the peace and happiness of mankind') - Rhapsody for Cello and Piano
Year: 1979
Opus: 89
Duration: 8 minutes
Dedication: "To the British Bulgarian Friendship Society."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 359, ff. 1-21: Score and cello part in ink.
First Performance:
Cathy Giles (cello) and Alan Bush (piano), Camden Town Hall, London, 18 May 1979.
Notes:
Based on melodies from U.S.A. (Earl Robinson 'The Ballad of Joe Hill'), U.K. (Carl Dallas 'The family of Man') and the U.S.S.R. (Borodin - 'Prince Igor' and a song by Dunayevsky).
Voices from Four Continents - Rondo for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Year: 1980
Opus: 91
Duration: 6 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 359, ff. 22-38: Score and parts in ink.
First Performance:
Rory Allam (clarinet), Cathy Giles (cello) and Alan Bush (piano) - British Soviet Friendship Society, 2nd International Festival, Camden Town Hall, 10 May 1980.
Notes:
The work makes use of the following compositions:
1. Africa: Mozambique - Hymn of the Revolution (Dombo)
2. Asia: Vietnam - Song of Liberation (Van Chung)
3. Americas: Chile - Manifiesto (Victor Jara)
4. Europe: USSR - Steppe Cavalry (Lev Knipper)
Meditation and Scherzo for Double Bass and Piano
Year: 1980
Opus: 93, No. 2
Duration: 9 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 355, ff. 88-97 and 359, ff. 39-54: Score and double bass part in ink.
First Performance:
Roger Dean (double bass) and Alan Bush (piano), British Music Information Centre, London, 11 December 1980.
Publication:
Yorke Edition, 1982. Score.
Recording:
Concertino for Two Violins and Piano
Year: 1980-81
Opus: 94
Duration: 29 minutes
Dedication: "To Hazel and Maureen Smith."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 359, ff. 55-140: Score and violin parts in ink.
First Performance:
Hazel Smith (violin), Maureen Smith (violin) and Alan Bush (piano), Aldeburgh Festival, 18 June 1981.
Notes:
1. Introduction and Allegro Energico
2. Fughetta
3. Autumn Song
4. Cadenza, leading to Dance
Summer Fields and Hedgerows - Two Impressions for Clarinet and Piano
Year: 1983
Opus: 100
Dedication: "To Nancy Bush."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 360, ff. 37-67: Score and clarinet part in ink. Dated June-July 1983.
Octet for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, String Quartet and Piano
Year: 1984
Opus: 105
Duration: 16.5 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 361, ff. 1-157: Draft score in pencil; score and parts in ink.
Notes:
1. Moderato
2. Allegro
3. Andante con moto
4. Allegro leggieramente
5. Moderato - Allegro moderato
Quintet for String Quartet and Piano
Year: 1984-85
Opus: 104
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 360, ff. 68-119: Score in ink.
First Performance:
The Medici Quartet and John Bingham (piano), BBC Studios, Birmingham, 12 December 1985.
Notes:
1. Introduction and Allegro
2. Meditation
3. Scherzo
4. Epilogue
Canzona for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
Year: 1985
Opus: 106
Duration: 12 minutes
Dedication: "To Nancy Bush."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 362, ff. 1-103: Draft score in pencil; score and parts in ink.
Two Preludes and Fugues for Violin and Piano
Year: 1986
Opus: 108
Duration: 9 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 363, ff. 1-22: Score and violin part in ink.
Notes:
1. Prelude and Fugue in Dorian Mode on G (Opus 108/1)
2. Interlude
3. Prelude and Fugue in Mixolydian Mode on D (Opus 108/2)
Publication:
Alan Bush Music Trust, 2010. Contact the Alan Bush Music Trust for details and prices.
Recording:
Song and Dance for Violin and Piano
Year: 1986
Opus: 117A
Duration: 3.5 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 364, ff. 96-104: Score and violin part in ink.
Publication:
Richard Schauer, 1986.
Recording:
Serenade and Duet for Violin and Piano
Year: 1986
Opus: 111
Duration: 13 minutes
Dedication: "Dedicated to Nancy, my life's companion for more than fifty years."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 363, ff. 28-78: Draft score in pencil; score and violin part in ink.
Notes:
1. Serenade
2. Duet
Publication:
Recording:
Septet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and String Trio
Year: 1987
Opus: 118, No 2
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 365, ff. 33-92: Score and parts in ink.
Notes:
1. Allegro moderato
2. Largamente ma non troppo lente
3. Recitative and Trio
4. Presto
5. Allegro moderato
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Year: 1987
Opus: 120
Duration: 17 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 366, ff. 23-43: Score in ink.
Notes:
1. Allegro energico
2. Larghetto, molto espressivo
3. A tempo moderato, sempre cantabile
4. Allegro non troppo ma molto energico
Recording:
Summer Valley for Cello and Piano
Year: 1988
Opus: 125
Duration: 3.5 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 366, ff. 60-66: Score and cello part in blue ink.
First Performance:
Joseph Spooner (cello), Catherine Summerhayes (piano), Maltings Arts Centre, St Albans, Herts, UK - 27 February 2002.
Recording:
Round the World for Cello and Piano
Year: Unknown
Manuscript:
Royal Academy of Music, London. MS 1743.

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