Roger Quilter

Biography

Born: November 1, 1877; Brighton, England   Died: September 21, 1953; London, England  
English composer Roger Quilter remains known primarily for his distinguished art song output, although he also produced choral, instrumental, and stage works. He had to work hard at composition, for it never came naturally, but his output shows a composer with exceptional sensitivity and seemingly effortless grace. Indeed, he was a fan of light and graceful music, from Schubert to Maude Valérie White to Gershwin. Quilter never had to make a Read more living, but he was a philanthropic artist, helping to found and administer the Musicians' Benevolent Fund, as well as privately aiding his colleagues. After a productive and benevolent artistic life, Quilter experienced a period of mental decline that ended with his death.

Quilter was educated at prestigious Eton College, later going abroad to Germany to study with Ivan Knorr at Frankfurt's Hoch Conservatory. All students in Frankfurt in the 1890s, Percy Grainger, Cyril Scott, Norman O'Neill, Balfour Gardiner, and Quilter became known as the "Frankfurt Group." As a song composer, Quilter became well established in 1900 when Denham Price gave a performance of his Songs of the Sea at the Crystal Palace in London, and also when tenor Gervase Elwes premiered To Julia in 1905 and Seven Elizabethan Lyrics in 1908. On occasion Quilter would accompany his songs in public performance, and he did record many of them with close friend and colleague Mark Raphael.

His only attempt at opera, Julia (1936), was a failure, but several pieces from it were extracted and published as separate songs (e.g., Love at the Inn). His light orchestral music was more successful, including A Children's Overture (1919), written for the Promenade Concerts and conducted by Henry Wood. That work and Quilter's popular incidental music for the fairy play Where the Rainbow Ends (1911) were both inspired by Walter Crane's illustrated book of nursery rhymes, Baby's Opera. Still, it is his songs (more than 100 of them) upon which Quilter's reputation was based, and for which he will continued to be remembered quite fondly. Read less

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Roger Quilter


MOST POPULAR WORKS
No. 1. Weep You No More
No. 2. My Life's Delight
No. 3. Damask Roses
No. 4. The Faithless Shepherdess
No. 5. Brown is my Love
No. 6. By a Fountainside
No. 7. Fair House of Joy
Three English Dances Op. 11: 1. Allegro giocoso
Three English Dances Op. 11: 2. Allegro scherzoso
Three English Dances Op. 11: 3. Allegro non troppo, ma con spirito
i - I will go with my father a-ploughing
ii - Cherry valley
iii - I wish and I wish
No. 1. Come Away, Death
No. 2. O Mistress Mine
No. 3. Blow, Blow thou Winter Winds
No. 1. Who is Silvia?
No. 2. When Daffodils Begin to Peer
No. 3. How should I your true love know
No. 4. Sigh no more, Ladies
No. 1. Fear no more the heat o' the sun
No. 2. Under the greenwood tree
No. 3. It was a lover and his lass
No. 4. Take, O take those lips away
No. 5. Hey, ho, the wind and the rain
No. 1. Orpheus with his lute
No. 2. When icicles hang by the wall
Prelude - No. 1. The Bracelet
No. 2. The Maiden Blush
No. 3. To Daisies
No. 4. The Night Piece
No. 5. Julia's Hair
Interlude - No. 6. Cherry Ripe
WORKS
No. 1. A Good Child
No. 2. The Lamplighter
No. 3. Where Go the Boats?
No. 4. Foreign Children
No. 1. Weep You No More
No. 2. My Life's Delight
No. 3. Damask Roses
No. 4. The Faithless Shepherdess
No. 5. Brown is my Love
No. 6. By a Fountainside
No. 7. Fair House of Joy
Three English Dances Op. 11: 1. Allegro giocoso
Three English Dances Op. 11: 2. Allegro scherzoso
Three English Dances Op. 11: 3. Allegro non troppo, ma con spirito
i - I will go with my father a-ploughing
ii - Cherry valley
iii - I wish and I wish
No. 1. Come Away, Death
No. 2. O Mistress Mine
No. 3. Blow, Blow thou Winter Winds
No. 1. Who is Silvia?
No. 2. When Daffodils Begin to Peer
No. 3. How should I your true love know
No. 4. Sigh no more, Ladies
No. 1. Fear no more the heat o' the sun
No. 2. Under the greenwood tree
No. 3. It was a lover and his lass
No. 4. Take, O take those lips away
No. 5. Hey, ho, the wind and the rain
No. 1. Orpheus with his lute
No. 2. When icicles hang by the wall
No. 1. Dream Valley
No. 2. The Wild Flower's Song
No. 3. Daybreak
No. 1. Autumn Evening
No. 2. April
No. 3. A Last Year's Rose
No. 4. Song of the Blackbird
Prelude - No. 1. The Bracelet
No. 2. The Maiden Blush
No. 3. To Daisies
No. 4. The Night Piece
No. 5. Julia's Hair
Interlude - No. 6. Cherry Ripe
Where the Rainbow Ends - Suite: 1a. Rainbow Land
Where the Rainbow Ends - Suite: 1b. Will o' the Wisp
Where the Rainbow Ends - Suite: 2. Rosamund
Where the Rainbow Ends - Suite: 3. Fairy Frolic
Where the Rainbow Ends - Suite: 4. Goblin Forest


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