CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) was one of the most influential British musicians at the turn of the Twentieth Century. He was born in Dublin and studied at Cambridge and in Leipzig and Berlin. He became organist at Trinity College, Cambridge and was one of the founding professors of the Royal College of Music, where he taught composition for the rest of his life. He was also Professor of Music at Cambridge, successor to Sir George Macfarren. Some of his best known pupils were Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Frank Bridge, Arthur Bliss, Herbert Howells, and Edgar Bainton. He was skeptical about modernism, and embraced classical, Brahmsian precepts. He was also active as a conductor, particularly the Bach Choir and the Leeds triennial music festival. He composed many concert works and operas. His most significant works are those written for the English Church and his part-songs are often viewed as the pinnacle of that Romantic form. A passionate Irishman, he wrote many settings of Irish Airs and used many texts by the popular Irish poets Thomas Moore and Alfred Percival Graves.

Part-Songs for mixed voices

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Opus/No./Set

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AUTHOR

DATE

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How beautiful is night

1870

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To Chloris

John Francis Waller

1873

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Nine Irish folk songs 1.

Twas pretty to be in Ballinderry

A. P. Graves

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 2.

Come, rest in this bosom

Thomas Moore

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 3.

Silence is in our festal halls

Thomas Moore

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 4.

Wreath the bowl

Thomas Moore

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 5.

When she answered me

A. P. Graves

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 6.

She is far from the land

Thomas Moore

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 7.

St. Mary’s bells

A. P. Graves

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 8.

Awake, Fianna

A. P. Graves

1882

Nine Irish folk songs 9.

Molly Hewson

A. P. Graves

1882

Opus 33 Six Part Songs

never published; ms unknown

1889 (ca.)

Opus 47 Four Part-Songs 1.

Soft, soft wind

Charles Kingsley

1892

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Opus 47 Four Part-Songs 2.

Sing heigh ho

Charles Kingsley

1892

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Opus 47 Four Part-Songs 3.

Airly Beacon

Charles Kingsley

1892

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Opus 47 Four Part-Songs 4.

The Knight's tomb

Mary E. Coleridge

1892

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Opus 49 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 1), 1.

To his flocks

anon.

1892

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Opus 49 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 1), 2.

Corydon, arise!

anon.

1892

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Opus 49 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 1), 3.

Diaphenia

Henry Constable

1892

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Opus 49 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 1), 4.

Sweet love for me

Sir John Wotton

1892

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Opus 49 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 1), 5.

Damon's Passion

Thomas Lodge

1892

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Opus 49 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 1), 6.

Phoebe

Thomas Lodge

1892

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Peace come away

SATBdiv

Tennyson

1892

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Opus 53 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 2), 1.

On a hill there grows a flower

Nicholas Breton

1894

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Opus 53 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 2), 2.

Like desert woods

Sir Edward Dyer

1894

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Opus 53 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 2), 3.

Praised be Diana

Sir Walter Raleigh

1894

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Opus 53 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 2), 4.

Cupid and Rosalind

Thomas Lodge

1894

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Opus 53 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 2), 5.

O shady vales

Thomas Lodge

1894

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Opus 53 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 2), 6.

The Shepherd Doron's jig

Robert Greene

1894

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Opus 67 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 3), 1.

A Carol for Christmas

Bolton

1897

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Opus 67 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 3), 2.

The Shepherd's Anthem

Drayton

1897

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Opus 67 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 3), 3.

Shall we go dance?

Nicholas Breton

1897

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Opus 67 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 3), 4.

Love in Prayers

Nicholas Breton

1897

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Opus 67 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 3), 5.

Of Disdainful Daphne

Howell

1897

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Opus 67 Six Elizabethan Pastorales (Set 3), 6.

Love's Fire

Sir Edward Dyer

1897

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Out in the windy west

SSATTBB

Arthur C. Benson

1898

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Opus 78 Six Irish folk-songs 1.

Oh! Breathe not his name

Thomas Moore

1901

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Opus 78 Six Irish folk-songs 2.

What the bee is to the flow’ret

Thomas Moore

1901

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Opus 78 Six Irish folk-songs 3.

At the mid hour of night

Thomas Moore

1901

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Opus 78 Six Irish folk-songs 4.

The sword of Erin

Thomas Moore

1901

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Opus 78 Six Irish folk-songs 5.

It is not the tear

Thomas Moore

1901

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Opus 78 Six Irish folk-songs 6.

Oh, the sight entrancing

Thomas Moore

1901

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Come O’er the Sea

Thomas Moore

1904

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Sing, Sweet Harp

Thomas Moore

1904

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God and the Universe

Tennyson

1906

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Opus 111 Three Part-Songs 1.

A Lover’s Ditty

May Byron

1908

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Opus 111 Three Part-Songs 2.

The Praise of Spring

May Byron

1908

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Opus 111 Three Part-Songs 3.

The Patient Lover

May Byron

1908

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Opus 110 Four Part-Songs 1.

Valentine’s Day

Charles Kingsley

1910

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Opus 110 Four Part-Songs 2.

A Dirge

Wm. J. Cory

1910

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Opus 110 Four Part-Songs 3.

The Fairies

Wm. J. Cory

1910

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Opus 110 Four Part-Songs 4.

Heraclitus

Wm. J. Cory

1910

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Opus 119 No. 1

The Witch

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 119 No. 2

Farewell, my joy

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 119 No. 3

The Blue Bird

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 119 No. 4

The Train

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 119 No. 5

The Inkbottle

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 119 No. 6

The Swallow

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 119 No. 7

Chillingham

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 119 No. 8

My heart in thine

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 1

Plighted

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 2

Veneta

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 3

When Mary Thro’ the Garden Went

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 4

The Haven

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 5

The Guest

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 6

Larghetto

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 7

Wilderspin

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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Opus 127 No. 8

To a Tree

Mary E. Coleridge

1910

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The Angler’s Song

John Chalkhill

1911

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Off for the Cruise

J. G. Watts

1913

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Opus 142

On Time

SATB/SATB

Milton

1914

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Opus 156 Ten Part Songs

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1917 (ca.)

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A Carol of Bells (WWI Christmas)

Louis N. Parker

1919

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Six Irish Airs: (1)

Oh for the swords

Thomas Moore

1922

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Six Irish Airs: (2)

How dear to me the hour

Thomas Moore

1922

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Six Irish Airs: (3)

Quick! we have but a second

Thomas Moore

1922

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Six Irish Airs: (4)

They know not my heart

Thomas Moore

1922

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Six Irish Airs: (5)

Lay his sword by his side

Thomas Moore

1922

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Six Irish Airs: (6)

My gentle harp

Thomas Moore

1922

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The Valley

Patrick MacGill

1922

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Two Old Irish Melodies: 1.

The Foggy Dew

A. P. Graves

1922

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Two Old Irish Melodies: 2.

Love's an arbutus

A. P. Graves

1922

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The Morris Dance

Traditional

1923

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On Music

Thomas Moore

1924

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