Warlock, Peter (1894-1930)

Peter Warlock

born: 30 October 1894
died: 17 December 1930
country: United Kingdom

The reputation of Peter Warlock rests chiefly on his work as a song writer. He composed over one hundred works for voice and piano, all of which are still in print nearly seventy years after his death. One instrumental work, Capriol, has retained its popularity in its string orchestra version, though it is less well known that the original version was for piano duet, and that a version for full orchestra was prepared two years later. All three versions were published. Warlock’s other two works for orchestra – An Old Song for small orchestra and the Serenade for string orchestra – are seldom performed, while the Folksong Preludes for piano are almost forgotten.

This seems a somewhat small output, even allowing for the composer’s early death, but then Warlock was not merely a composer. As Philip Heseltine he was a musicologist of some importance, transcribing and editing much music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including six volumes of lute songs and many works for viols including Purcell’s Fantasias and works by Matthew Locke. He was also an established music critic: a projected collection of his writings on music will occupy no less than four volumes, without including his valuable short books Delius and The English Ayre. It may be argued that he spread his talents too widely, but hardly that he failed to make good use of his time.

from notes by Michael Pilkington 1997

Albums

Warlock: Songs
CDH55442Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Warlock: The Curlew, Capriol, Serenade & Songs
CDA66938
Warlock: The Curlew; Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; Gurney: Ludlow and Teme
CKD296Download only
A Choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
NOEL2Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
All in the April Evening
CDH55243Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Christmas at St John's Cambridge
CDA67576
Christmas with The King's Singers
SIGCD502Download only
Gurney: Ludlow and Teme; Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; Warlock: The Curlew
CKD296Download only
Journey into light – Music for Advent & Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD269Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
O magnum misterium
CDA66925Archive Service
On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
The Power of Love
CDA67888Composers of World War I
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; Warlock: The Curlew; Gurney: Ludlow and Teme
CKD296Download only
Voces 8 Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD291Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Treasury of English Song
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP30Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
Hyperion monthly sampler – June 2014
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201406Download-only monthly sampler

Complete works available for download

A Cornish Christmas CarolPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
A sad songJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
A sad songJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
As dew in ApryllePolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
As ever I sawJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Autumn twilightJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Benedicamus DominoPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Bethlehem DownWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Bethlehem DownPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Bethlehem DownThe King's Singers
Bethlehem DownThe Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor)
Bethlehem DownThe Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor)
Bethlehem DownVoces 8
Bethlehem DownSt John's College Choir Cambridge, David Hill (conductor), Paul Provost (organ)
CapriolThe Nash Ensemble, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
ChopcherryJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
Corpus ChristiBryony Lang (soprano), Mark Dobell (tenor), Laudibus, Michael Brewer (conductor)
Cradle songJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Fair and trueJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
I saw a fair maidenPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
In an arbour greenJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Jillian of BerryJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Late summerJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
LillygayLynne Dawson (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
LullabyJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Lullaby my JesusPolyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Mourn no moeJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
My gostly faderJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
My lady is a pretty oneJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
My little sweet darlingJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
Passing byJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Pretty ring timeJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Queen AnneAlice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Rest, sweet nymphsJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Robin GoodfellowJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
SerenadeThe Nash Ensemble, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Sigh no more, ladiesJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
SleepJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
SleepJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
Sweet contentJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Take, O take those lips awayAlice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Take, O take those lips awayJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Take, O take those lips awayJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
The bayley berith the bell awayJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
The contented loverJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
The CurlewThe Nash Ensemble
The CurlewJames Gilchrist (tenor), Michael Cox (flute), Gareth Hulse (cor anglais), Fitzwilliam String Quartet
The Fairest MayJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), The Nash Ensemble
The first mercyJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
The FoxJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
The lover's mazeJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
The singerJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
The wind from the WestJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
There is a lady sweet and kindJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Three Belloc songsJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
To the memory of a great singerJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Two short songsJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Two songsJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Yarmouth FairJohn Mark Ainsley (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Cornish Christmas Carol (Warlock)
A prayer to St Anthony of Padua  
A sad song (Warlock)
And can the physician make sick men well?  
Art thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?  
As dew in Aprylle (Warlock)
As ever I saw (Warlock)
As I rode down to Yarmouth Fair  
At The Fox Inn  
Autumn twilight (Warlock)
Be still, my sweet sweeting, no longer do cry  
Benedicamus Domino (Warlock)
Bethlehem Down (Warlock)
Bethlehem Down (Warlock/Hill)
Blow high, blow low  
Bright is the ring of words  
Burd Ellen and young Tamlane  
Burd Ellen sits in her bower windowe  
Capriol (Warlock)
Chopcherry (Warlock)
Come, sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving  
Corpus Christi (Warlock)
Cradle song (Warlock)
Fair and true (Warlock)
For Jillian of Berry she dwells on a hill  
Golden slumbers kiss your eyes  
Ha'nacker Mill  
I am Queen Anne, of whom 'tis said  
I held love's head  
I saw a fair maiden (Warlock)
I shall go without companions  
In an arbour green (Warlock)
In the dim light of the golden lamp  
It was a lover and his lass  
Jillian of Berry (Warlock)
Johnnie cam' to our toun  
Johnnie wi' the tye  
Late summer (Warlock)
Lay a garland on my hearse  
Lillygay (Warlock)
Lovely kind, and kindly loving  
Lullaby (Warlock)
Lullaby my Jesus (Warlock/Carter)
Lully, lullay – The faucon hath borne my make away  
Most holy night, that still dost keep  
Most Holy Night, that still dost keep  
Most holy night, that still dost keep  
Mourn no moe (Warlock)
My gostly fader (Warlock)
My lady is a pretty one (Warlock)
My little sweet darling (Warlock)
My own country  
Now sleep, and take thy rest  
O be still, be still, unquiet thoughts, and rest on love's adventer  
O sick heart, be at rest!  
One morning very early, one morning in the spring  
Ox and ass at Bethlehem  
Passing by (Warlock)
Pretty ring time (Warlock)
Queen Anne (Warlock)
Rest, sweet nymphs (Warlock)
Robin Goodfellow (Warlock)
Saint Anthony whom I bear  
Sally is gone that was so kindly  
Serenade (Warlock)
She is gentle and also wise  
Shoemaker, shoemaker, are ye within?  
Sigh no more, ladies (Warlock)
Sleep (Warlock)
Sweet content (Warlock)
Take, O take those lips away (Warlock)
The bayley berith the bell away (Warlock)
The contented lover (Warlock)
The Curlew (Warlock)
The distracted maid  
The Fairest May (Warlock)
The fields are full of summer still  
The first mercy (Warlock)
The Fox (Warlock)
The long September evening dies  
The lover's maze (Warlock)
The maidens came when I was in my mother's bow'r  
The night  
The shoemaker  
The sick heart  
The singer (Warlock)
The wind from the West (Warlock)
There is a lady sweet and kind  
There is a lady sweet and kind (Warlock)
Thou gav'st me leave to kiss  
Three Belloc songs (Warlock)
To the memory of a great singer (Warlock)
Two short songs (Warlock)
Two songs (Warlock)
Weep no more, nor sigh, nor groan  
When he is King we will give him the King's gifts  
Yarmouth Fair (Warlock)