Arnold Bax

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Born: 8 November 1883

Died: 3 October 1953


Sir Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, KCVO, was an English composer and poet. His musical style blended elements of Romanticism and Impressionism, always with a strong Celtic influence. His orchestral scores are noted for their complexity and colourful instrumentation. Bax’s poetry and stories, which he wrote under the pseudonym of Dermot O’Byrne, reflect his profound affinity with Irish poet William Butler Yeats and are largely written in the tradition of the Irish Literary Revival.

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List of choral works

  • Lord, Thou hast told us (1930)
  • Fatherland (Runeberg, tr. C. Bax) [tenor solo] (1907, revised 1934)
  • A Christmas Carol (Anon.) [arranged for SATB by Hubert Dawkes] (1909)
  • Enchanted Summer (Shelley) [two soprano solos] (1910)
  • Variations sur ‘Cadet Rousselle’ (French trad.) [arranged by Max Saunders] (1918)
  • Of a rose I sing a song (Anon.) [SATB, harp, cello, double bass] (1920)
  • Now is the Time of Christymas (Anon.) [TB, flute, piano] (1921)
  • Mater ora filium (Anon.) [SSAATTBB] (1926)
  • This Worldes Joie (Anon.) [SATB] (1922)
  • The Boar’s Head (Anon.) [TTBB] (1923)
  • I sing of a maiden that is makeless (Anon.) [SAATB] (1923)
  • To the Name above every Name (Crashaw) [soprano solo] (1924)
  • St Patrick’s Breastplate (Anon.) [SATB] (1924)
  • Walsinghame (Raleigh) [tenor, obbligato soparano) (1926)
  • Lord, Thou hast told us (Washbourne) [hymn for SATB] (1930)
  • The Morning Watch (Vaughan) [SATB] (1935)
  • 5 Fantasies on Polish Christmas Carols (trans. Śliwiński) [unison trebles] (1942)
  • 5 Greek Folksongs (trans. Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi) [SATB] (1942)
  • To Russia (Masefield) [baritone solo] (1944)
  • Gloria [SATB] (1945)
  • Nunc Dimittis [SATB] (1945)
  • Te Deum [SATB] (1945)
  • Epithalamium (Spenser) [SATB in unison] (1947)
  • Magnificat [SATB] (1948)
  • Happy Birthday to you (Hill) [arr. SATB] (1951)
  • What is it like to be young and fair? (C. Bax) [SSAAT] (1953)

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