List of compositions by Ethel Smyth

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This is a list of musical compositions by Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944).[1][2][3] Works are listed within each genre by year of composition, or if the year of composition is not known by year of publication or first performance. For operas and some other notable works the date and theatre of first performance is also given.

Opera[edit]

Ballet[edit]

Choral[edit]

Religious[edit]

  • Mass in D (1891) (18 January 1893, Royal Albert Hall)
  • Five Sacred Part-Songs Based on Chorale Tunes (1882–84)
    • 1. "Komm, süßer Tod", on Bach's song
    • 2. "Kein Stündlein geht dahin"
    • 3. "Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille"
    • 4. "O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid"
    • 5. "Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag", on the hymn by Nikolaus Herman
  • The Song of Love, Op. 8 (1888), cantata by Smyth after the Song of Songs
  • Wedding Anthem for choir and organ (c. 1900)

Secular[edit]

  • We Watched her Breathing through the Night (1876), part song by Thomas Hood
  • A Spring Canticle (or Wood Spirits' Song) for choir and orchestra (published 1903), re-arrangement from Der Wald
  • Hey Nonny No for choir and orchestra (1910), anon.
  • Sleepless Dreams for choir and orchestra (1910), by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Songs of Sunrise (1910)
  • Dreamings (1920), part song by Patrick MacGill
  • Soul's Joy (published 1923), madrigal by John Donne, re-arrangement from Fête galante
  • The Prison (1929–30), cantata for soprano, bass, choir and orchestra, by Smyth after Henry Brewster (19 February 1931, Usher Hall, Edinburgh)

Orchestral[edit]

  • Overture to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (1889) (18 October 1890, The Crystal Palace, London)
  • Serenade in D (1889) (26 April 1890, The Crystal Palace, London)
  • Suite for Strings, Op. 1A (published 1891), re-arrangement from String Quintet in E, Op. 1
  • On the Cliffs of Cornwall (first performed 1908), re-arrangement of prelude from The Wreckers
  • Four Short Chorale Preludes for Strings and Solo Instruments (published c. 1913), re-arrangement of Short Chorale Preludes for organ
    • 1. "Du, o schönes Weltgebäude!"
    • 2. "O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid"
    • 3. "Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag"
    • 4. "Schwing dich auf zu deinem Gott"
  • Fête galante (first performed 1924), suite adapted from the opera
  • Intermezzo (Mid Briars and Bushes) (first performed 1924), re-arrangement from The Boatswain's Mate
  • Two Interlinked French Folk Melodies (published 1929), re-arrangement of intermezzo from Entente cordiale
  • Two Orchestral Preludes (1929–30), re-arrangement from The Prison
  • Entente cordiale (first performed 1935), suite adapted from the opera

Concertante[edit]

Chamber music[edit]

String quartets[edit]

  • String Quartet No. 1 in A minor (1878), 1 movement
  • String Quartet in D minor (1880)
  • String Quartet in E-flat (1882–84)
  • String Quartet in C minor (1883)
  • String Quartet in C (1886–88)
  • String Quartet in E minor (1902–12)

String quintets[edit]

  • String Quintet in B minor (1882–84), 2 movements
  • String Quintet in E, Op. 1 (1883)

Trios[edit]

  • Trio for violin, cello and piano in D minor (1880)
  • String Trio in D (1887)
  • Trio for violin, horn and piano in A (published 1928), re-arrangement from Concerto for violin and horn in A

Other[edit]

  • Sonata for cello and piano in C minor (1880)
  • Sonata for cello and piano in A minor, Op. 5 (1887)
  • Sonata for violin and piano in A minor, Op. 7 (1887)
  • Variations on Bonny Sweet Robin (Ophelia's Song) for flute, oboe and piano (1927)
  • Two Interlinked French Folk Melodies for flute, oboe and piano, re-arrangement from intermezzo of Entente cordiale

Piano[edit]

  • Sonata No. 1 in C (1877)
  • Sonata No. 2 (Geistinger) in C-sharp minor (1877)
  • Sonata No. 3 in D (1877), 2 movements
  • Aus der Jugenzeit!! in E minor (1877–80)
  • Four-part Dances (1877–80)
  • Two-part Invention in D (1877–80)
  • Two-part Suite in E (1877–80)
  • Variations on an Original Theme (of an Exceedingly Dismal Nature) in D-flat (1878)
  • Prelude and Fugue in C (1878–84)
  • Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp (1880)
  • Prelude and Fugue for Thin People (c. 1883)
  • Suite for piano four hands (published 1891), re-arrangement of Suite for Strings, Op. 1A[3]
  • The March of the Women (1914), re-arrangement of the song
  • Canons (undated)

Organ[edit]

  • Fugue à 5 (1882–84)
  • Short Chorale Preludes (1882–84)
    • 1. "Du, o schönes Weltgebäude!"
    • 2. "O Gott du frommer Gott"
    • 3. "Schwing dich auf zu deinem Gott"
    • 4. "Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag"
    • 5. Prelude and Fugue on "O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid"
  • Study on "O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen" (1882–84)
  • Prelude on a Traditional Irish Air (1938)

Brass[edit]

Songs[edit]

  • Lieder und Balladen with piano, Op. 3 (c. 1877)
  • Lieder with piano, Op. 4 (c. 1877)
  • Eight songs (c. 1877)
  • Nine Rounds (1878–84)
  • Four Songs with chamber ensemble (1907)
    • 1. "Odelette" by Henri de Régnier
    • 2. "La danse" by Henri de Régnier
    • 3. "Chrysilla" by Henri de Régnier
    • 4. "Ode anacréontique" by anon. translated Leconte de Lisle
  • "The March of the Women" with optional piano (1910), by Cicely Hamilton
  • Three Moods of the Sea with orchestra (1913), by Arthur Symons
    • 1. "Requies"
    • 2. "Before the Squall"
    • 3. "After Sunset"
  • Three Songs (1913)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Jory (1987). Crichton, Ronald, ed. The Memoirs of Ethel Smyth: Abridged and Introduced by Ronald Crichton, with a list of works by Jory Bennett. Harmondsworth: Viking. pp. 373–381. ISBN 0-670-80655-2. 
  2. ^ Fuller, Sophie (2001). "Smyth, Dame Ethel (Mary)". In Sadie, Stanley. New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 23. London: Macmillan. pp. 591–594. ISBN 0-333-60800-3. 
  3. ^ a b Ballchin, Robert, ed. (1983). "Smyth (Dame Ethel Mary)". Catalogue of Printed Music in the British Library to 1980. 53. London: K. G. Saur. pp. 95–97. ISBN 0-86291-350-0. 
  4. ^ St John, Christopher (1959). Ethel Smyth: a Biography. London: Longmans. p. 306.