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Orchestral Work
Festival March for Chamber Orchestra
Year: 1922
Duration: 5 minutes
Commission:
Commissioned by The Royal Academy of Music.
Instrumentation:
2 cornets in Bb, 2 horns, timpani, percussion (2), strings and organ
Manuscript:
Royal Academy of Music, London. Score. MS 1744: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
The Royal Academy of Music Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Corder. Queen’s Hall, London, 17 July 1922.
Notes:
The 5th contribution to 'A Wreath of A Hundred Roses': An Occasional Masque devised by Louis Napoleon Parker and written to mark the Centenary Celebrations of the Royal Academy of Music.
Symphonic Impressions for Orchestra
Year: 1926-27
Opus: 8
Duration: 18 minutes
Instrumentation:
3.3.3.2/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion(2)/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 326, ff. 1-132: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
Royal College of Music Orchestra, conducted by Alan Bush. Royal College of Music, London, 15 November 1929.
Dance Overture
Year: 1935
Opus: 12
Duration: 14 minutes
Instrumentation:
3.2.3+sax.2/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus.328: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alan Bush. Promenade Concert, Queen's Hall, London, 30 August 1935.
Publication:
Joseph Williams, London, 1956. Full score.
Recording:
Symphony No. 1 in C
Year: 1939-40
Opus: 21
Duration: 32 minutes
Instrumentation:
2+1.2.2+1/4.3(+3cornets).2+1.1/timpani/percussion(2)/harp/piano/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 332-333: Short score in ink; full score in ink.
First Performance:
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Alan Bush, Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London, 24 July 1942.
Notes:
1. Prologue (Grave)
2. Allegro molto
3. Lento molto-Largo
4. Allegro moderato e deciso
The last movement of the symphony was later extracted and revised as Defender of the Peace - Character Study for Orchestra, Opus 39.
Publication:
Joseph Williams, London, 1940.
Recording:
Festal Day - Overture for Orchestra
Year: 1942
Opus: 23
Duration: 4 minutes
Commission:
Commissioned by the BBC.
Instrumentation:
1.1.2.2/2.2.1.0/percussion/piano/strings
Manuscript:
British Museum, London. MS Mus. 335, ff. 1-18: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
Section of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Clarence Raybould. Broadcast on BBC Home Service, 12 October 1942.
Notes:
Composed as a tribute to Ralph Vaughan Williams on his 70th birthday.
Original title was 'Birthday Greeting in Honour of Vaughan Williams'. Subsequently entitled 'Birthday Overture' on the composer's recording of the work.
Fantasia on Soviet Themes
Year: 1942
Opus: 24
Duration: 11 minutes
Dedication: "Dedicated in affectionate homage to Madame Agnes Maisky, for so long the gracious representative of the Soviet People, as a humble tribute to whom this work is designed."
Commission:
Commissioned by the BBC for the 51st Season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.
Instrumentation:
2222, 4231, timp, perc, glock, strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 335, ff. 19-69: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Alan Bush, Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London, 27 July 1945.
Notes:
1. Introduction
2. Partisan Song: a revolutionary folk-song of the Wars of 1919-21
3. Collective Farm Song of 1931-35
4. Cheerful Song for Solo and Chorus by Zacherov
5. Death of Chapayev: funeral march for a partisan leader
6. Molodezhnaya (Song of Youth for Childrens’ Choir by Isaak Dunayevsky)
Orchestral version of Fantasia on Soviet Themes for Military Band.
Publication:
Novello, London, 1944. Full score.
Recording:
 Alan Bush (2013) CD
'Resolution' - Overture for Orchestra
Year: 1944
Opus: 25
Duration: 7 minutes
Instrumentation:
2.2.2.2/4.2.3.0/timpani/percussion/piano/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 336: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
BBC Orchestra (secion B), conducted by Clarence Raybould. BBC broadcast from Bedford, 1 February 1944.
Notes:
Based on 'Prologue for a Workers' Meeting' for brass band, Op. 16.
Publication:
Joseph Williams, London, 1947. Full score.
Homage to William Sterndale Bennett for String Orchestra
Year: 1945-46
Opus: 27
Duration: 8 minutes
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 335, ff. 77-82: Full score in ink; Sketches in Deposit 2005/32.
First Performance:
London String Orchestra, Conductor: Alan Bush, Wigmore Hall, London, 9 February 1946.
Notes:
Based on Piano Sonata Op. 46 'The Maid of Orleans' by William Sterndale Bennett.
English Suite for String Orchestra
Year: 1945-46
Opus: 28
Duration: 22 minutes
First Performance:
London String Orchestra, Conductor: Alan Bush, Wigmore Hall, London, 9 February 1946.
Notes:
1. Fantasia
2. Soliloquy on a Sailor's Song
3. Introduction and Passacaglia on 'The Cutty Wren'
Publication:
Joseph Williams, London, 1950. Full score.
Recording:
 Music by Alan Bush (1994) CD
Piers Plowman's Day - Symphonic Suite
Year: 1946-47
Opus: 30
Duration: 26 minutes
Instrumentation:
2.2.2.2/4.2.3.0/timpani/percussion/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 337, ff. iii + 83: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
Prague Radio Orchestra, conducted by Alan Bush. Prague Radio Headquarters, Prague, October 1947.
Notes:
1. The Keep
2. The Bower
3. The Forest
Symphony No. 2 'The Nottingham Symphony'
Year: 1949
Opus: 33
Duration: 36 minutes
Commission:
Commissioned by the Nottingham Co-operative Society in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the founding of the City.
Instrumentation:
2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion/strings
Manuscript:
Manuscript held by Nottingham City Council.
First Performance:
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: David Ellenberg, Albert Hall, Nottingham, 27 June 1949.
Notes:
1. Sherwood Forest
2. Clifton Grove
3. Castle Rock
4. Goose Fair
Publication:
Joseph Williams, London, 1949. Full score.
Recording:
 Alan Bush (2013) CD
Defender of the Peace - Character Study for Orchestra
Year: 1952
Opus: 39
Duration: 7 minutes
Instrumentation:
2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion(1)/piano/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 340, ff. 83-106: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
Vienna Radio Orchestra, conducted by Alan Bush. Vienna Radio broadcast, 24 May 1952.
Notes:
A re-composition of the last movement of Symphony No. 1 (Opus 21).
Publication:
Soviet Music Publishers, Moscow, 1966. Full score.
Dorian Passacaglia and Fugue for Orchestra
Year: 1959
Opus: 52
Duration: 16.5 minutes
Instrumentation:
2+1.1.2.2+1/4.3.2+1/timpani/percussion(2)/strings
First Performance:
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Rudolf Schwarz, BBC Studios, London, 10 June 1961.
Notes:
1. Introduction with 16 variations
2. Fugue
Publication:
Novello, London, 1962. Score - a facsimile of the composer's autograph.
Recording:
Symphony No. 3 'The Byron Symphony' with Baritone Solo and Mixed Chorus
Year: 1959-60
Opus: 53
Duration: 50 minutes
Text: Dionysos Solomos
Commission:
Commissioned by German Democratic Radio.
Instrumentation:
3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion/harp/strings (+baritone and mixed chorus (SATB) in the last movement)
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS. Mus. 341, ff. 1-148: Draft score in pencil, with a vocal score of the fourth movement in ink.
First Performance:
Robert Lauhöfer (baritone), Leipzig Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Herbert Kegel. Kongresshalle, Leipzig, 20 March 1962.
Notes:
1. Newstead Abbey
2. Westminster
3. Il Palazzo Savioli
4. Missolonghi
Handel prize work - presented by the City Council of Halle in 1962.
Text for the 4th movement (in Greek) by Dionysos Solomos from his 'Ode on the Death of Lord Byron'.
Partita Concertante
Year: 1965
Opus: 63
Duration: 12.5 minutes
Instrumentation:
2.1.2.1/2.2.1.0/timpani/percussion (2)/piano/strings
First Performance:
Dartford Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Leonard Davis, North West Kent, College of Technology, Dartford, May 1975.
Notes:
1. Overture
2. Hornpipe
3. Air
4. Cheviot Reel
Publication:
Novello, London, 1966. Full score.
'Time Remembered', a Piece for Chamber Orchestra
Year: 1968
Opus: 67
Duration: 11.5 minutes
Dedication: "To Nancy Bush."
Commission:
Commissioned by the 1969 Cheltenham International Festival of Music.
Instrumentation:
1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/harp/strings(2.1.1.1)
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 343, ff. 56: Sketches and draft full score, in pencil, ff. 1-44; Short score in ink, ff. 42, 42-56.
First Performance:
Members of the Melos Ensemble, Conductor: Alan Bush, Cheltenham Festival Concert, 8 July 1969.
Scherzo for Wind Orchestra with Percussion
Year: 1969
Opus: 68
Duration: 10 minutes
Commission:
Commissioned by the BBC for the 1969 Promenade Concerts.
Instrumentation:
3+1.2+1.3+1.2+1.1/xylophone/percussion(2)
Manuscript:
British Library, London.MS Mus. 344: Draft short score in pencil (ff.1-31), Full score in ink (ff. 32-77).
First Performance:
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Alan Bush, Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 July 1969.
Publication:
Novello, London, 1985. Full score and parts.
Recording:
Concert Overture for an Occasion
Year: 1971-72
Opus: 74
Duration: 8 minutes
Dedication: "To the student orchestral players of the Royal Academy of Music."
Instrumentation:
2+1.2+1.2+1.2+1/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion(2)/celesta/piano/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 346, ff. 1-28: Sketches (ff.2-3) and draft score in pencil.
First Performance:
R.A.M. First Orchestra, Conductor: Maurice Handford, Royal Festival Hall, London, 5 July 1972.
Notes:
Written to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Academy of Music.
The Liverpool Overture
Year: 1973
Opus: 77
Duration: 9 minutes
Commission:
Commissioned by the Liverpool Trades Council for their 125th Anniversary Celebrations.
Instrumentation:
3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/timpani/percussion/piano/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 346, ff. 84-103: Full score; ff. 104-135; Draft short score in pencil.
First Performance:
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Charles Groves, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 1 May 1973.
Publication:
Alan Bush Music Trust, 2011. Contact the Alan Bush Music Trust for details and prices.
Festival March of British Youth for Wind Orchestra with Guitars, Percussion and Double Bass
Year: 1973
Opus: 78
Duration: 4 minutes
Instrumentation:
3.2.5.2/0.3.3.3/timpani /percussion (2)/double bass
Manuscript:
British Library, London.MS Mus. 347, ff. 1-12: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
Berlin, August 1973.
Song and Dance for Junior String Orchestra
Year: 1981-82
Opus: 96
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 347, ff. 24-40: Score in ink; parts in ink for the Dance only.
Notes:
Text for 'Song' developed from the Scottish folk-song to which Robert Burns wrote the poem 'The Collier Bonnie Lassie'.
'Dance' is based on the folksongs 'Dance to Your Shadow' and 'The Islay Reaper's Song'.
Symphony No. 4 - Lascaux Symphony
Year: 1982-83
Opus: 98
Duration: 40 minutes
Instrumentation:
4.3.3.3./2.2.3.1./timpani/percussion/harp/piano/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 348, ff. 1-132: Full score in ink.
First Performance:
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Edward Downes. BBC Studios, Manchester, 25 March 1986.
Notes:
1. The Wild
2. The Children
3. Ice Age Remembered
4. Mankind Emergent
Inspired by a visit to the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux, France.
Recording:
Meditation for Orchestra in Memory of Anna Ambrose
Year: 1985
Opus: 107
Duration: 11 minutes
Instrumentation:
2+1.2+1.2.2/4.3.2+1.1/percussion(2)/piano/harp/strings
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 349, ff. 1-35: Full score in ink.
Song Poem and Dance Poem for Piano and String Orchestra
Year: 1986
Opus: 109
Duration: 14 minutes
Dedication: "To John Amis."
Manuscript:
British Library, London. MS Mus. 349, ff. 49-58: Full score in ink.
Notes:
Listed as Opus 109, No. 2.

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