The earliest pieces are the Berceuse
and the Cavatina
dating from 1902 and 1904 respectively and composed when Ireland was in his early twenties in the years immediately after he had graduated from the Royal College of Music. Although both are immature works, they demonstrate the composer’s melodic fluency: the Cavatina
is a piece of salon music typical of its period, whereas the Berceuse
has a more serious intent, but still shows the influence that Brahms had on Ireland’s earliest compositions.
from notes by Andrew Burn © 1996